Flossopher and the Brushing Trees Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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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.
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.
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.