By: “Dr. Mike” King
Illustrated by: Rick Ellis
Publisher: The Fifth Dentist
Publication Date: June 2015
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: October 26, 2015
There is a definition to adorable; this book. There is an explanation when it comes to learning something that all of us must learn; this book. Trust me, you do not need to be three years of age to enjoy this tale. All ages can get a very good lesson from this beautifully illustrated, funny, well-thought-out and well-presented story.
You know as well as I do the word “dentist” does not bring about the same happy, loving feeling as, say, “puppy.” In fact, the dentist’s office has been seen by many as the least favorite place to ever go during your lifetime. BUT, going to the dentist and taking care of your teeth correctly from the time you are a little boy or girl is one of the most important things to do in order to stay healthy...and not have to show up at the dentist one day looking forward to wearing dentures and/or “gumming” meals for the rest of time.
Flossopher is a very cool character who lives in the Brite Forest and makes sure to do his job of teaching everyone about good dental health and daily brushing. Far away from the forest of Brushing Trees and Flossopher’s friends (AKA: The Brushers, who work hard to pick the toothbrushes from the trees so that everyone can have one), lives a villain...Cavidorg! In the land of Durt high atop Mount Yuk, this shrewd businessman runs Denture-Con! A business that can certainly not make money if Flossopher keeps doing his job so well. Every once in a while a dark cloud will form above the Brite Forest, alerting Cavidorg that someone has not brushed their teeth - which makes him very, very happy. And this time around, Flossopher must save the teeth of Toothyl as the bad guys move in...
As stated above, this book is incredibly adorable, while showing all children (and adults) out there, how easy it is to brush and how important it is. The ‘battle’ between Flossopher and the evil Cavidorg is perfect for young readers; the names are perfect, and the illustrations are beautifully drawn. Adding on to the power and pleasure of this story is the fact that part of the sales of this book will be going to Smile Train (www.SmileTrain.org),which gives parents even more of a reason to buy this right away.
Quill says: A perfect educational tool on a much-needed activity in life, wrapped in a cool story that kids will absolutely love!