Jax Peters Lowell attended a large book talk and reading at the 2008 Gluten Free Expo in Oak Brook, Illinois. She was a delight to meet and was warmly received by the children who awaited her.
The reading was of course accompanied by food, cupcakes to be precise. Jax Peters Lowell hosted a Celiac kids’ Cup Cake Club party in addition to her book reading. Her guests enjoyed hearing her popular, “No More Cupcakes and Tummy Aches” picture book. The event took place on Saturday afternoon and included more than 30 eager participants, young and old.
Jax Peters Lowell received the prestigious Leeway Foundation Transformation Award for her pioneering efforts in shining a light on gluten intolerance and bringing national awareness to this issue. She is the author of many books on gluten intolerance and celiac disease. This children’s book is one of them.
Meeting Jax Peters Lowell in Person
I took my three boys to see Jax Peters Lowell. We arrived early, so my eldest, recently diagnosed with Celiac, hunkered down immediately. He was delighted with his newly autographed copy. He even began reading it on his own while we waited for the party to start. He was riveted to her book. He identified so clearly with little Izzie O’Brien and her struggle to find her way from chronic tummy aches to good health. He knows her struggles to belong. The need to feel normal at school and at home was something they shared.
A Summary of Jax Peter Lowell’s No More Cupcakes and Tummy Aches
This fictitious child understood him in a way that those of us that love him so dearly cannot.
“Izzie wasn’t very tall for seven. Not even for six. Or five. Even if she stood on her tippy, tippy toes, her pony tail, just reached the top of Daddy’s chair.”
Poor little Izzie believes that if she eats loads of cupcakes she will finally grow tall enough to be a ballerina. But after too many cupcakes one night she gets a terrible tummy ache that won’t go away. When the family doctor tells Lizzie that she has “Silly Yak” it deeply troubles her. All of a sudden family holidays and class parties become the source of tears. But she soon learns that being Gluten free can be fun especially when the people who love her go out of their way to make her feel special. The book is illustrated by Jane Kirkwood and includes a foreword by Alessio Fasano, M.D. Fasano is the Director of the Center for Celiac Research.
Jax Peters Lowell has gotten to the heart of the matter with this book. I highly recommend it to any family with a newly diagnosed child.
Visit a special link provided by Jax Peters Lowell for a sample excerpt from the book.
Visit the website of Jax Peters Lowell and read about her other books: jaxlowell.com.