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Let's Get a Checkup!

by Alan Katz, Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator)

Bestselling author Alan Katz and illustrator Pascal Lemaitre bring the clever and adorable Rocky Dachshund to life in his first visit to the doctor!


Bestselling author Alan Katz and illustrator Pascal Lemaitre bring the clever and adorable Rocky Dachshund to life in his first visit to the doctor!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michelle Santos-Graves
Rocky Dachshund has a checkup at the doctor, but in the waiting room anxiety is building among all the young patients. In the midst of the refusing, hiding, and confusion among the young animal patients, crying is heard and Rocky goes to investigate. Brave Rocky meets a sobbing cow, and in his attempt to comfort the cow, he offers to go to the doctor first, who he assures the cow, is not mean. The cow turns out to be kind Dr. Green and she gently guides Rocky and readers through the checkup. Rocky becomes a model for all his friends and shows everyone what good patient behavior should be. Going to the doctor can be intimidating and sometimes scary for children, but Katz's rhyming verse accompanied by Lemaitre's friendly illustrations offer assurance to young children. This board book is a good preparation for a visit to the doctor, or as a take-along while waiting in the doctor's office. Reviewer: Michelle Santos-Graves
Kirkus Reviews
Nobody wants to see Dr. Green. Not Duck, not Horse, not Cockatoo. Rocky Dachshund is just as reluctant, but he's also curious and investigates a mysterious wailing he hears from down the hall. It's Dr. Green himself; it's not quite clear why this (male!) cow is crying, but Rocky has the solution, and by agreeing to an examination, he both cheers up the doleful pediatrician and reassures the other children who are waiting. As a conventional book addressing doctor anxiety, this is only so-so; as a board book—a format aimed at babies and toddlers—it is a disaster. The illustrations are too small and busy, and the narrative is downright murky. While there is a moment or two of clever wordplay, this effort is a fatal mismatch of form to audience. Next, please. (Board book. 2-3)

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Little Simon
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Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Alan Katz has been a print and television comedy writer for more than twenty years. In addition to being a multiple Emmy nominee for his work on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and Disney’s “Raw Toonage,” he has written for children’s programming on Nickelodeon, ABC Television, Warner Brothers Animation’s Taz-Mania, and many others. Alan is the author of several adult humor books; he has written humorous essays for The New York Times and other publications. Alan lives in Weston, Connecticut, with his journalist wife, Rose, and their children Simone, Andrew, Nathan, and David. Visit him online at AlanKatzBooks.com.

Pascal Lemaitre illustrated Toni and Slade Morrison's bestselling Who's Got Game?: Three Fables, as well as many other books for children. He and his family divide their time between Brussels, Belgium, where he teaches illustration, and Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at PascalLemaitre.com.

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