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Flossopher and the Brushing Trees Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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My favorite book for teaching children the importance of taking care of their teeth! --Dr. Charles Kaner chief of dental perio division Mt. Sinai Hospital
About the Author
Mike King,Dr. Mike,is a pediatric dentist who uses jokes and magic tricks to entertain his patients. He wrote this story because even though Flossopher and Cavidorg are made-up characters, the cavity bugs are not. And he's determined to outwit them. He writes screenplays and does stand-up comedy in New York City, where he lives with his wife, Sophie and their daughter, Annabelle.
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Flossopher and The Brushing Trees is a cute story that teaches kids the importance of keeping their teeth clean and healthy while also engaging them in a cute story that will keep their attention.
I loved the addition of the interactive game that has children search through the book to find the hidden"tooth-care kits".
Yet, my favorite part about this entire book is that part of the profits from every sale will be donated to Smile Train to help provide dental needs to children who need it.
Overall, Flossopher and The Brushing Trees is a very cute story that can help parents introduce teeth cleaning and the importance of maintaining healthy teeth to young children.
They loved all the ways the far off land involved good verses evil. The book kept their interest due to the dynamic characters and interesting and unique story. I love that dental health was wrapped into this out of this world story! 4 stars
NOTE: In addition to being a blogger, wife, mother and cycling instructor, I am also a teacher for children ages 2-5 years old at the Y where I have developed a class entitled Art Through Stories.
I designed this class to introduce the children I teach to books and then using those books to create art projects. I try to help them creatively capture the beauty, lessons, concepts and other learning points within the books through the expression of art. I do this by using various art mediums. The art projects also act a tool to help retell the stories to their loved ones.
The art projects I used to bring the story to life can be found on my blog: Mrs Mommy Booknerd's Book Reviews
On to the main event, FLOSSOPHER AND THE BRUSHING TREES, which is a silly little tale that should help Nate and other kids remember the importance of keeping a clean mouth! As a teacher and a parent, I can tell you, nothing beats a cute story to bring a sense of fun to an otherwise routine task. So let's go deeper into the book by “Dr. Mike” King and Rick Ellis who have transformed the mundane into a magical adventure.
This simple story centers on Flossopher, a giant talking tooth, who lives in the Brite Forest and teams up with the Brushers to make sure everyone has healthy teeth. This wouldn’t be much fun without the evil Cavidorg for Flossopher to battle. The baddie owns a denture factory so he hopes to drive sales by tricking the citizens of the Brite Forest into getting cavities. There’s also the twist that when people forget to brush their teeth, a dark cloud forms. If too many dark clouds come, the Brushing Trees will die and, well, everyone’s in deep trouble. I don’t think a spoiler warning is necessary when I tell you that Flossopher is successful in defeating Cavidorg’s evil plan. This is a kids book, so the good guy wins! Seriously, who would write a book where the cavities win?
Thanks to the witty words of real life dentist “Dr. Mike” the book is a lot of fun. It tells a neat little story with lots of tips built right into the narrative. The book never seems preachy but should help kids build a love of brushing through fun. The fact that Mike King is a dentist makes him an expert on the toothy aspects, but can he entertain children? Well, apparently he’s a comedian that’s traveled all over the country, he does magic tricks in his office, and uses humor whenever possible to entertain patients. Fuse this together, and it’s obvious why the book is so much fun!
I’m a writer, so words are my life, but drawings are very important for children’s literature. Rick Ellis does a wonderful job bringing the Brite Forest and all of the colorful beings to life. Ellis’s style brings to mind some of my favorite childhood cartoons, especially the program SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK. The songs from that program were a huge part of my youth, and I still can be found humming them sometimes. Ellis’s drawings should stick with today’s kids for many years to come just like those programs of my youth.
If you still can’t decide, a portion of the proceeds from the book will benefit the charity Smile Train, which aids people afflicted with cleft palate or lip. Beyond benefiting your own children, think of the other kids you can also help. In the end, this is a great little book that parents should think about adding to their child’s library.