From the Publisher
“Children’s doctors’ visits should receive a clean bill of health with this engaging and informational treatment. . . . Prescribe this child-centered offering to all nervous young patients.”—Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Procedures and medical instruments common to doctor visits are described on pages dense with both text and action. Three children accompanied by their parents are being examined by three different pediatricians. (This was apparently done to show a variety of ethnicities and genders of children, parents, and doctors.) The rhyming text is expressed from a child's point-of-view, but the featured child changes from page to page. Words in the verses are often forced into the rhyme scheme, causing the text to be disconcerting in some places. A separate paragraph on each page explains what is going on and defines important concepts. In addition to the child, the parent, the doctor, and the medical procedure, each illustration also contains five bunnies engaged in humorous antics. Reading the book is more confusing than watching a three-ring circus. Further information about getting a checkup appears as a page of text at the end. This book could be useful in helping young children prepare for visits to the doctor. Adults who choose to use the book with children will likely opt to go through the pages at least three times in order to focus on each of the different elements presented. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This clear, informative picture book looks at what typically occurs during a child's routine visit to a pediatrician. A girl and two boys of different ethnicities are each accompanied by an adult to the same doctor's office, and are seen by culturally diverse physicians. The story is written in rhyme that sometimes feels forced. "My lungs are fine. And so's my heart./He can hear it thump./But here's another question:/How well does it pump?" Singer cohesively intertwines details of the youngsters' checkups and interactions with their physicians. Bold italics highlight the names of common medical instruments, and separate paragraphs explain how they are used. The straightforward text is enhanced by Milgrim's comical digital oil pastels, which are enlivened by a cast of bunnies. One of them makes an airplane from the paper covering on the exam table. Others soak in the sink. "Getting a Checkup," the final page, reiterates and adds information. Libraries that need an up-to-date title on the subject should make room for this reassuring book.—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
Children's doctors' visits should receive a clean bill of health with this engaging and informational treatment. Direct narration clearly explains a typical well-child exam. The brief rhyming narrative is successfully complemented by boldfaced explanations that provide additional context, defining unfamiliar medical procedures and vocabulary. Describing blood pressure to booster shots, the consistent voice maintains its accessibility. Though rhymes are occasionally forced, the encouraging account maintains its energy throughout: "Her otoscope's so cool- / a small light with a funnel. / We pretend she's searching / for bats down in a tunnel!" Ethnically diverse patients and physicians populate each page. Positive family dynamics are represented in Milgrim's soft cartoons, set against inviting office spaces. Digitally rendered oil spreads utilize nimble lines; characters' smiling expressions add comfort and warmth to the potentially anxiety-producing subject. A silent group of mischievous rabbits provides humorous flair; they create hand-shadow ducks on the wall and throw paper airplanes, providing wacky relief within each examining room. Prescribe this child-centered offering to all nervous young patients. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)