The Gluten Glitch by Stasie John

The Gluten Glitch by Stasie John
July 3, 2021 Alexandra Adlawan

Young Children

After Gideon’s whole class gets special cupcakes shaped like farm animals while he has to eat one of his “safe” gluten free cupcakes, Gideon feels fed-up with eating only gluten-free. Even with all of the delicious gluten-free choices, eating differently is hard, and sometimes Gideon just wants the treats the other kids get to have.

Will Gideon find a way to overcome his gluten glitch?


I found this book on a table at the library around the time I had just cut gluten out of my diet to see if it made a difference in my mood. It’s hard to stop eating something you like to eat when you’ve been eating it most of your life. I stopped after a month of no difference, but I did like the gluten-free bread.


This is an excellent book for kids with gluten allergies. It helps to show them a story about someone who has the same problem as they do.


Some of you might be thinking “what exactly is gluten?” and “why can’t some people eat it?” I have a sister who has problems with gluten (and many other foods) and she explained it to me, but I didn’t understand it. Luckily, I found this TED-Ed video on YouTube that does a great job at explaining it. It also has funny sound effects.

I showed this to my sister and she gave it her stamp of approval.


The author of this book wrote this story for her two sons who have food allergies and to raise awareness. A portion of each sale of this book will be donated to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) to help raise funding for research and prevention.


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