Meet Alfie the fish….

When the publishers of this new childrens book about asthma sent me a copy for my opinions, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to give it a fair review. I mean, an asthmatic fish who saves the live of shark who also has asthma? My background as Respiratory Therapist is in the cold clinical world of critical care, working mostly with adults patients, but I must say, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the book and read the story.

It’s the kind book that you would read to children maybe at school or at bedtime. Authored by David Bohline, the story is very well written and the colorful illustrations absolutely wonderful. It’s a cute little book that get’s the message across. Kinda made me wish that this kind of book was available when I was a child. I think small children with asthma will easily relate to it. I especially love the colorful fish stickers that kids can put on their inhalers.

Any material that educates people about asthma at a very young age has my vote. I give this one 5 stars !
( Not sure if stickers come with all the books, or just first edition copies)

(Disclaimer: This book was provided by Vitality Books for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.)

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6 thoughts on “Alfie’s Attack

  1. vickyk2209 says:

    That's well good! We never had anything like that even when I was diagnosed, and that was only 5 years ago

  2. Sara C. says:

    I’m going to have to look for that one. I’m starting to get a whole lot of “why ME, momma?” questions.

    How fun that it comes with stickers too! (My munchkin doesn’t carry her own inhaler yet, but I’ll have to let her go at it with some stickers…I know Miss Kerri decorates her inhalers too.)

    1. Sara…if you'd like a free copy of the book, I'd be happy to provide one. Just email me your info: jpiehowski at

  3. kerri says:

    Ooh, they’re sending one out to me, too; I can’t wait to read it now ;-)… You know, with all my childcare stuff and all :-).

    And omg yay inhaler stickers (true story: one of my dead inhalers is covered in fish stickers already thanks to a discussion my goofball friend and I had about pufferfish aka “OH MAN. KERRI. YOU SHOULD TURN YOUR PUFFER INTO A PURFERFISH” See also: same guy was my grad date who kept a (nonstickered) inhaler in his pocket for me at grad.

    Anyways, yes, I am excited for said childrens book and I hope you put those stickers to use 😉

    1. breathinstephen says:

      Hi Ms Lovely

      Yeah, I gave them your email address. I know you work with kids and all, and I knew you'd go crazy for the fish stickers.

  4. wheezytux says:

    when you posted that it rang a bell and i dont know why. i think i have seen somethign about it before or have you mentioned it. it seems familiar for some reason. i think it is really good for kids who are newly diagnosed. i had desmond dragon stuff from AUK and JAC stuff fromt he junior asthma club when i was first diagnosed but it was still all very medical and didnt make it fun too read and learn about!

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