Friday, April 30, 2010

Brush Your Melvin!

Melvin is a molar. You know, one of the big teeth, way in the back. Sometimes he may be hard to reach, but we should never neglect him.  As parents we know that getting kids to brush properly can be quite a challenge (and that might even be an understatement for some).  Enter the story about Melvin, the lovable tooth.

Through Twitter Moms, I recently had the opportunity to review Melvin the Magnificent Molar! by Julia Cook and Laura Jana. What a fantastic little story! The book is perfect for encouraging children to brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly. 

What was great for my daughter and I while reading this book was that after all her recent dentist visits, she could really relate.  She could relate to the different dentist tools (mirror, squirt gun, Mister Thirsty, Scaler, etc.).  She could also relate to having x-rays taken.  (And if your child has yet to go to the dentist, this is a perfect way to prep them for what to expect!)  The book also touched on the importance of not just brushing your teeth in the evening (need to get rid of those sleeping scummies) through the "Happy Tooth" song.  Oh, and let's not forget the introduction to the Tooth Fairy too.

After we read the book through the first time, my daughter exclaimed "Let's do it again!".  I think she really enjoyed the songs and pictures in the book.  I really enjoyed that the book was fun and at the same time conveyed the importance of keeping your teeth healthy.

The easiest way to purchase Melvin the Magnificent Molar! is directly through the author's website.  The book retails for $9.95 +Tax/Shipping.  Next up for the authors is a potty training themed children's book called It's You and Me Against the Pee, so stay tuned!