Caramel had to go to the dentist for a few times this past month and so he has been thinking a bunch about teeth and dentists. As he likes to read about real things, he decided to review a book about teeth and dentists for the Book Bunnies blog. Below he shares his thoughts on Children It’s Time to Meet Your Teeth by Amanda Jones. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes.
Sprinkles: So Caramel tell me about this book.
Caramel: It’s kind of weird. Teeth are talking to people and they are giving presents to people and stuff like that.
S: So the book represents the teeth as living characters. Right?
C: Yeah, which is actually kind of weird.
S: Why do you think the author would do that kind of thing? Why do you think the illustrator puts faces on the teeth?
C: So kids like the book perhaps? And maybe you might like your teeth more and take better care of them?
S: Yes, I think that is a good reason. Does it work? Does the book make you think about your teeth more kindly? Does it make you want to take better care of them?
C: Kind of. The book also tells you why you should take better care of your teeth. Tooth decay looks bad and can really hurt. And decayed teeth are called dental caries. You also learn that brushing with brushes with soft bristles is better.
S: Yes, there is a tooth being brushed with a brush with hard bristles and it doesn’t look happy, does it?
C: It looks kind of mad actually. Sad and mad at the same time.
S: So what else can we say about the book?
C: Every page has a picture. It’s kind of a picture book, all pictures and only some words. And at the end there is a word search puzzle you can do that has a lot of tooth-related words that the book mentioned earlier.
S: So this is a teaching book, right? It’s teaching you something?
C: Yes. The teeth on the front cover look kind of like ghosts!
S: Yes, they kind of do! On the cover we also see that the author Amanda Jones is an R.N. Do you know what that is Caramel?
C: Nope. But let me look it up… Hmm, apparently it means “registered nurse“.
S: Why do you think the publisher put the author’s credentials on the front cover? That is, why do you think they wanted the reader to know the author is a nurse?
C: Probably a nurse would know more about our teeth and health stuff than random people?
S: Yes, exactly. They are trying to tell us that the author is knowledgeable, an expert in the health field. Does that make the information in the book sound more convincing?
S: So let us wrap this up. What’s the last thing you want to say?
C: Good bye! And don’t forget to brush your teeth! And stay tuned for more reviews from the Book Bunnies!