Malcolm Finney Medical Detective Book Review and Giveaway: The Case of the Itch and the Rash

“The Case of the Itch and the Rash” is a new eczema children’s book, part of the Malcolm Finney Medical Detective Series, for children ages 6-11. It was written by Registered Nurse, Erika Kimble and is available for sale at

…but, we’re giving away one copy of the book to one reader. To enter the contest, please simply add a comment to this post and tell us about your child’s eczema. Contest ends April 30, 2013.

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About the book

“The Case of the Itch and the Rash” takes some of the medical jargon typically used when discussing eczema and explains it in an easy to understand format along with illustrations. The story is about Malcolm Finney (a forth grade medical detective) and his mission to identify what caused his friend, Carlita, to develop a rash and itchy skin. In the end the two sleuths are able to determine that Carlita has eczema and with the help of Carlita’s doctor, they find the right moisturizer and skincare program to clear up Carlita’s skin before her ballet recital.

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reading eczema children's book

Although the book is targeted for slightly older children, my 4.5 year old was really interested in the book when it arrived. He “read” it cover to cover alone and then asked me to read it to him. He listened intently through all 50 pages. I thought the medical explanations would be too much for him, but he was interested and asked questions. I guess he’s heard the word eczema in our house for so long and had never really seen a medical diagram of the condition or heard the condition explained in terms he could understand, so he was enthralled.

Don’t forget to add a comment to enter the giveaway for a copy of this book! Contest ends April 30, 2013!


  1. Amy Lin on April 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Cool book!

  2. Selena Bluntzer on April 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Ooh, my daughter’s only 4.5, too, but I bet she’d love to check it out! We have her eczema under control on the surface (no active rash), but she still itches on the inside and I’d love to be able to explain more to her about how/why it all happens.

    • Jennifer on April 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      I’m sure she’d really be interested since she’s so close to my son’s age. Good luck Selena!

  3. Audrey Griffis on April 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

    both my kids ages 6 and 3 have mild cases – where they will have bad breakouts and be completly fine other t imes i bet my daughter woudl love this book thanks for teh chance

    • Jennifer on April 9, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Good luck! I’m sure you’re kids would love it!

  4. Alysha Meacham on April 9, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Wow! A book about eczema…awesome! Our son is three and has had severe eczema his whole life and also has allergies and breathing issues. This would be such a great book to have!!

  5. Gratefulfoodie on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I’ve waited for what seems like forever to be able to send my kids to a safe camp and lo and behold, our district is now starting school in early August? How does that happen?

    This seems like a dream come true for so many kids!

  6. Angela Ralph on April 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I have 3 kids with severe eczema, the youngest now 7yrs, I am sure that having a look at this book would give them a better insight to their disease!!! There is only so much a parent can try to explain, they all have asthma and multiple food allergies(one anaphylactic) so we have a very busy household 😉


    • Jennifer on April 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      That sounds like my son – the fun atopic triad 🙂 You are so right about explaining eczema – books and pictures will make it much easier for them.

  7. jen on April 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    my son is 7 and has eczema. We keep it tamed but it never goes away 🙁 We would love this book

    • Jennifer on April 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Hi Jen – Have you figured out some of his triggers? Sounds like he may have some more. Are you supplementing with fish oil and probiotics as well? I’d love to help if I can. Send me an idea if you want to toss ideas around. Thanks!

  8. CIndy Klein on April 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    My daughter is 19 months and has been dealing with eczema since she was 2 months old. Over the last 6 months, we have discovered some triggers – which has helped a lot! I would love to be entered into the contest. And I saw a link to more books on the website, so I’m headed there after I’m done posting this to take a look!

    • Jennifer on April 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Cindy – Finding the triggers is the hardest part. Once you have that done, everything else seems to fall into place, or so it did in our case. Congrats to you guys! I’m happy your little one is on the way to finding some relief! Good luck with the contest and enjoy the other eczema books. Jennifer

  9. Falon on April 10, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Ha, no way! My younger son is named Malcolm! My 3 year old has been dealing with eczema since birth and has severe food allergies. He’s very bright, and is a voracious reader. He’d really get a kick out of the main character sharing his brother’s name. I’m happy to have learned about this series!

    • Jennifer on April 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Too funny, this would be the perfect book for your family! Good luck!

  10. Aletha Flanagan on April 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Would love to win this! My son has severe eczema, asthma, psoriasis, and crazy food allergies. This would come in great as an active learning tool. Hope all you other allegry/asthma/eczema mamas out there find some relief for your babies! =)

    • Jennifer on April 22, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Thanks so much for entering Aletha! Good luck!

  11. Greens Water Systems on April 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

    What a lovely little book! As adults we forget that children often find the condition confusing and even frightening. We’ll certainly recommend this book to our customers who have children with eczema.

  12. Crystal Jones on April 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I have 2 kids with eczema. My 3 year old has it much worse than my 6 year old because he has tons of food & pet allergies. This would be a great tool to explain to them whats going on.

    • Jennifer on April 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Hi Crystal – Good luck in the contest! Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Mary on April 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

    what a wonderful book, while my kids are young they will enjoy it!!!

    • Jennifer on April 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Yes, it’s really cute and informative – good luck in the contest!

  14. ming on April 30, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Awesome book!

    Daughter has eczema from one month onward…worst battle ever. Hoping the Calendula cream will help.


    • Jennifer on April 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Ming – I hope the Calendulis Cream helps her too! Fingers crossed! Thanks for entering the book giveaway. Jennifer

  15. feedingtwogrowingboys on April 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    What a great book! We have many allergy friendly books which help my son understand his anaphylactic food allergies but havent cone across anything eczema related. This book would be great to win so he can see he isnt alone in his itchy journey!

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