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PANDAS, PANS, Pediatric, Autoimmune, Neurological
Disorder, Streptococcus, Anxiety, OCD, Antibiotic

In A Pickle Over PANDAS - REVIEWS - 5 Stars Across The Board!!

This book is quite moving, on many levels. Your heart breaks for the child in the story. He wakes up one moring to sudden, severe, and debilitating FEAR, nausea, terrible headaches, compelled to repeat strange behaviors, and has no idea why this is happening to him. "In a Pickle Over PANDAS" will make children with the disorder realize they are not alone. Neither are they crazy. Something is wrong in the body and is affecting the brain.

How many children suffering with this disorder are out there undiagnosed, or worse, misdiagnosed? The thought is chilling. Every school and every library and every pediatrician's office across the country should have this book available for parents--whether or not their children have PANDAS. If their kids are well, at least they will know the term PANDAS should an onset of tics or OCD or headaches or the other symptoms the author lists in relation to this illness, appear overnight. That's one of the chief charateristics of PANDAS, it's terryifying suddenness.

This short informative children's book is so well-written it enables adults to put themselves in the shoes of an 8 yr. old child waking up one morning in a frightening place, wondering if he will ever be all right again. Thanks to author Melanie Weiss, your child won't have to wonder. This book will make children afflicted with PANDAS feel better. It will give them hope. They'll know there are medicines and other kinds of treatments that will help--if they can just hang in there.

The boy in the story didn't have this book to help him. He had to get through his illness alone. He was the pioneer blazing the trail for other children. That's why I'm so glad Melanie Weiss wrote this wonderful book. The word must be spread first of all that PANDAS exists. It is a REAL physical disorder that causes neurologic and psychiatric symptoms. If you have just come upon this book and are new to PANDAS, be sure give your pediatrican a hard copy. Buy a hard copy for your local library. Send your neighbors and friends a link to Amazon so they can learn about this terrible auto-immune disorder.

"In a Pickle Over PANDAS" boasts a meaningful and informative forward by Dr. Rosario Triffiletti, a pediatric neurologist who diagnoses and treats children with PANDAS. There's a great glossary of terms as well as several PANDAS website addresses with more information. Thank God for people like Melanie Weiss, RN for helping make the world aware of PANDAS. No child should lose his childhood simply because his doctor has never heard of PANDAS. "In a Pickle Over PANDAS" shines a light on this not-so-rare medical condition for doctors and parents alike. To paraphrase a physician's quote the author includes at the end of the book: If something is wrong in the mind, look to the body. Author Melanie Weiss, RN should be lauded for her efforts in helping the medical community take a step in this direction. It's about time!

~Robert and Alison


An excellent book providing important information about a condition not readily known about. It is written in a way children can understand and relate to. The illustrations compliment the text. This is a valuable book to comfort those dealing with this condition and as a resource to educate others to recognize it early and understand it. A quick read. Overall it is well done.






This is a great book to help Parents and their kids understand PANDAS.



In this book, children (and their parents) learn about PANDAS disorder. It is an often undiagnosed/misdiagnosed disorder that starts like so many other common childhood illnesses. The little boy in the book describes what happened and how he felt throughout the illness, finally getting diagnosed, and working through treatment (that can take a lot of time if not caught early).

Children and families that are dealing with PANDAS will be thankful to have this resource for education and for helping the child understand that other kids have been through it before too.

There are a lot of medical words that are explained as you read. I am a nurse and I recognize the value of this type of education. I would suggest that the author consider making another version of this book that is simplified even further. While a child that is at least 9 or 10 will probably understand most of this, a 5 year old would likely have a tough time understanding it.

This could definitely be a springboard for tackling other well-known and lesser-known childhood illnesses or conditions.

Thank you Melanie Weiss for writing the book. Thank you First Edition Design Publishing and Netgalley for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.



PANDAS is the acronym for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus. I’ll be quite honest and say I had never heard about it before reading this fantastic book. It is a sudden onset, unusual and terrifying condition with many symptoms that are discussed in such a child friendly way that it explains this frightening illness to anyone suffering from it.

I believe this book should also be read by parents, teachers and anyone working with children as the sooner the symptoms are recognised and treatment started the better! No, I don’t mean that teachers should be diagnosing this but they could alert parents to the possibility of their child having this so they can see a doctor to check.

Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

-Splashes Into Books


Author Melanie Weiss, who is a nurse, wrote In a Pickle Over PANDAS to help explain the autoimmune disorder called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus. PANDAS is also known as PANS.

In a Pickle Over PANDAS tells about how PANDAS develops, how it can be treated, and how it affects children. The illustrations help tell about the illness and how PANDAS is treated.

The writing is probably targeted for older children as it is somewhat complex. Parents could read this book to their child to help explain how PANDAS may affect their child.


Review written after downloading a galley book from NetGalley.

_Top 500 Reviewer Amazon


So glad an informative book on PANDAS for children has been written! Might be good to read to classrooms to help other children understand.

-Jennifer Whelan


This informative book about PANDAS, describes the disorder and explains the physical, emotional, and social set backs from the child's point of view. Within the story are lessons of perseverance, determination, and the power of knowledge. In A Pickle Over Pandas is a must read for children and parents whose lives are affected by this illness.

-L. Ambrico


This is a wonderful book for children and their families to help them better understand PANDAS. It explains the disorder in easy to understand terms for both children and adults. This is a must read for anyone who has PANDAS or knows someone with it.



I loved this clear and sensitiive explanation of PANDAS in the form of a picture book for children. It makes dealing with PANDAS much less scary for children AND their families. Weiss writes with compassion and even explains science and medical treatments in terms kids can understand. The illustrations are adorable and humorous— the little boy and his “panda's” facial expressions are priceless as they battle anxieties and strive to heal. This is a charming and thoughtful book.

-DBN Garrett


Thanks for making this an easy helpful guide to the explanation of Pandas

_Stacey H. Kuffner


I decided to pick up this book from *Netgalley because I like to expose my son to different things and
thought it would be great to teach him about a not so well known illness.

This book is not about panda bears but rather a very serious and not so well known sickness. A little boy wakes up one day and doesn't feel well. Anxiety, OCD, and a general sense of not feeling well are among his symptoms. After many visits with doctors and different types of procedures he finally becomes his old self again.

This book was sad. Just looking at the pictures of the boy were heartbreaking. It was full of lots of information about the illness and the ways in which it is treated. A lot of this was not easy to understand for me as an adult let alone a small child. My son had a hard time with this because much of what was being discussed was beyond what he can understand. He doesn't understand antibodies and he doesn't understand what OCD is, nor did he understand the treatments. He did stay for the whole book but I could tell he was struggling with this one.

I think this book is best for older children or those who are suffering from the illness themselves. Young children or those like my son may not understand what is going on. Even though things are explained it may be concepts that are out of their range of understanding.

That being said for me as an adult going into it I was rather fascinated by the illness and what the treatments entail. So this makes it a bit hard for me to rate this. For me it was a 5 star for my son it would be a 3 star.

I'm going to split the difference and go with 4 stars.

*I received a free copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion
**This book was read with my special needs son who is severely learning disabled. The review reflects not only my opinion but his as well

_Melissa Robinson


A well written, highly informative story shedding light on a little known syndrome. A wonderful resource for parents, educators and, most especially the children who suffer with PANDAS.

_Annemarie Kennedy


This book is very informative and should be very helpful and comforting for families dealing with PANDAS



Highly Recommended! This book explains in kid friendly language what its like to have PANDAS through the eyes of the child. The young boy in the book talks about his fears and the questions he has about what is going on in his body.The pictures are well done . I like the introduction of the new vocabulary words and the discription of the treatments for PANDAS .This book would be helpful to siblings and parents as well.A great tool for teachers to use in schools ,PANDAS awareness is a must.

_Maryann V


This is an excellent book explaining everything you should know about PANDAS. Not only does it help your child understand what is going on with them and why , it also helps the parents find out what can be done to help fight PANDAS . I think every parent who has children should read this book.



Excellent book on learning about this disorder call PANDAS. Not only does this book explains to the child what is going on with him it also teaches the parents what they have to do to fight this disorder. Every parent should read this book and learn about PANDAS!



This is a wonderful book for children and their families to help them better understand PANDAS. It explains the disorder in easy to understand terms for both children and adults. This is a must read for anyone who has PANDAS or knows someone with it.



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Title published by: First Edition Design Publishing / Sarasota FL