Suzie Goes to The Dentist, written by Charlotte Olson and illustrated by Nick Roberts, is a wonderful story of an every day trip to the dentist.
The beautiful full-page illustrations are clean and simple enough to engage even the youngest of children in your setting, while the rhyming narrative steadily takes children through the whole experience of visting the dentist.
The book begins with Suzie seeing her dentist appointment marked on the calendar, and the postivity of the whole story is obvious at once with a big yellow smiley front and centre. Suzie and her parents (and teddy!) then proceed to travel into town by bus, with little details like waiting patiently in the queue and thanking the driver marking this book out for its thorough approach.
On arrival at the dentist we see Suzie pulling a slightly worried face for the first time as she peeks out from behind her mum. The story itself remains resolutely upbeat, but this little detail in the illustration offers the opportunity to encourage children to talk about what might be worrying them about visiting a dentist.
The next few pages empart comprehensive details about the dentist, even including a display of toothbrushes and toothpaste and the box of toys in the corner. This really is a book which a child could follow along with as they actually visited the dentist!
Mr Chu's dental examination includes counting Suzie's teeth with his little mirror, as well as giving her teeth an extra clean with his special brush, before sitting her up to rinse out her mouth. With that over and done with, Suzie is pleased to have her sticker as she returns home for a healthy snack and a play!
All in all, Suzie Goes to The Dentist is just the sort of book you want in your setting's collection to share with a group of children, especially if you know a child is anxious about this occasional event!
The rest of the books in the Suzie series can be found at http://suziebooks.co.uk/