Grade Level Equivalent:
Comedy and Humor
Dental Health, Confronting and Resolving Fears
It is not unusual for someone to be afraid of going to the dentist! In this fun book for young audiences, both the crocodile and the dentist are feeling anxious about seeing each other. The crocodile is nervous about letting the dentist check out his toothy mouth; the dentist is understandably uneasy about seeing his scary patient!
Ingeniously written, Taro Gomi addresses common fears with funny and repetitive text. The crocodile and the dentist put on a brave front. Children will delight in seeing their fears and thoughts in print as they witness the crocodile and dentist's interactions. But no one gets hurt and the visit turns out to be a great success — better than expected by both characters. When the dentist finally finishes repairing the crocodile's last tooth, it is agreed that the reptile will return for another visit next year. A great ending to an educational and entertaining story that stresses the importance of caring for your teeth, no matter how many you have!
Taro Gomi's illustrations are bright and bold, conveying both the crocodile's and the dentist's bravery and eventual civility in a clever, humorous way. An American Bookseller Association's "Pick of the Lists," this is a fun read for children in preschool or the primary grades.