From the Publisher
"A visit to the dentist has never been so painless. Ziefert describes the experience in an interesting and comprehensive alphabetical format. Pleasing collages combined with colorful illustrations and diagrams provide a realistic picture of what goes on in a dental office. School nurses and dental hygienists would be able to teach a unit on dental health using the book, and it would be a worthwhile purchase for dental offices serving young children. A must purchase for libraries."
School Library Journal
"[offers] plenty of knowledge as well as comfort."
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Young children often feel uncertain about a first trip to the dentist. Using the alphabet as a familiar basis, the author seeks to reassure children about the experience of a visit to a dentist's office. Each letter explains a concept, procedure, piece of equipment or body part that is directly related to seeing a dentist. Everything from cavity to jaw to instruments to mouthwash to plaque is explained and illustrated with brightly-colored collage pictures. Even an imaginary question-and-answer session between the dentist and a little girl is portrayed using the letter Q. The book would be more useful if a glossary of terms had been included so that youngsters could have ready access to the pronunciation and meaning of such terms as bacteria, tissue, gargle, and lubricate. Text for the letter K exemplifies an all too common error in writing: using a singular noun (i.e., "person") with a plural pronoun (i.e., "their"). A better choice for this subject is Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Put this on the buy list only if there is a need for more material on this subject. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
A visit to the dentist has never been so painless. Ziefert describes the experience in an interesting and comprehensible alphabetical format. Plaque, floss, cavity, and 23 other terms are defined. Pleasing collages combined with colorful illustrations and diagrams provide a realistic picture of what goes on in a dental office. School nurses and dental hygienists would be able to teach a unit on dental health using the book, and it would be a worthwhile purchase for dental offices serving young children. A must purchase for most libraries.-Nancy Baumann, Indian Paintbrush Elementary, Laramie, WY
In alphabetical order, this cheery offering provides a succinct overview of a visit to the dentist. Though the details occasionally read like a dictionary, Ziefert should be praised for her ability to match every letter of the alphabet with parts of the mouth or the elements of a dental examination and cleaning. Beginning with A for Appointment, the picture book moves through the dental experience from B (Bib) and C (Cavity) to Z (a slightly cheating Zillion Times Cleaner). In between, pages reveal that Saliva is watery and tasteless, but helps begin digestion, that Teeth are the hardest part of the body and that a Wad of cotton is what the dentist stuffs in the patient's mouth when working on it. Readers also learn the names of the teeth and their components. Murphy's mixed-media collages add dimension and humor to what may become a classic prep for a visit to the dentist's office and is a neat companion to its predecessor, 2007's ABC Doctor. (Informational picture book. 4-8)