Rated E for Everyone
Chewie is training to be Alice’s service dog. Alice has celiac disease, which means she gets sick from a substance called gluten. Chewie’s nose can smell even the tiniest amount of gluten, and he can let Alice know if something is safe.
But Chewie keeps getting distracted during training. Can he find a way to focus and graduate so that he can help Alice?
Told from the point of view of Chewie, this book is an excellent way to introduce kids to the topic of celiac disease and training service dogs.
Dog noses are incredible, and being able to specifically sniff out gluten and signal whether or not an item contains gluten is even more impressive. Dogs can do so many awesome things if trained well.
For those wondering, “what exactly is gluten?” and “why can’t some people eat it?” check out this TED-Ed YouTube video.
If this video seems familiar, you may have read my review of The Gluten Glitch by Stasie John, another picture book about gluten.
To learn more about Celiac disease, check out the ‘Information on Celiac Disease for Parents and Caregivers’ at the back of the book, as well as the Author’s Note.