Brady Goes to the Vet

Children - Animals
34 Pages
Reviewed on 05/17/2024
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Author Biography

Throughout my career in healthcare, I've supported countless children and adults in overcoming their fears during medical procedures. I also used my own childhood experience of a daunting hospitalization as inspiration for 'Brady Goes to the Vet.' This story provides children with practical tips to cope with fears in tough situations, such as visits to the doctor or getting a shot. Through Brady's journey with compassion, humor, and encouragement, I wanted to show children that even the most challenging of circumstances can be managed when faced with courage, compassion and support.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

Brady Goes to the Vet is a children's picture book written by Pattie Manente and illustrated by Olena Kharkovenko. The story follows the adventures of a nervous Labrador retriever puppy named Brady, who must face his fear of visiting the vet. Brady loves swimming, so when his dad says they're going for a ride, Brady thinks they're going to the pool. When he realizes they're at the vet center, he becomes scared. The strange sounds and machines make him anxious, and he plans to escape. However, other animals at the vet center encourage him and help him calm down. Brady eventually meets a kind doctor who makes him feel comfortable, but when she pulls out an injection, he begins to panic. Will Brady's vet visit end in disaster, or will he be able to overcome his fear and get the care he needs?

Brady Goes to the Vet is a heartwarming book that beautifully captures the essence of overcoming fear and finding courage in difficult situations. The story revolves around relatable characters that take readers on a journey of friendship, growth, and support. With its realistic colorful art and interactive questions, this book is beautiful and educates readers on important life lessons, making it a valuable addition to any child's bookshelf. Children will relate to Brady's journey of finding courage in a scary experience and emerging stronger. The story not only provides entertainment for children but also offers real-life tips on handling anxiety and trusting medical professionals, along with helpful advice for parents and caregivers on supporting their children during medical appointments. This book is a must-read for children, pet owners, and families.

Philip Van Heusen

Going to the vet or doctor is scary for any pet or child. Pattie Manente assures children that they and their pets will benefit from medical visits in Brady Goes to the Vet. Brady is excited when he sees his human preparing for a special trip. He knows it must mean they are going swimming. Can you imagine Brady’s disappointment when they pulled into the vet’s parking lot? Pattie explains what happens during veterinarian visits and shows animals comforting each other. After Brady’s experience, he tells a cat in the waiting room that all will be well and helps calm her fear of doctor’s visits. Brady also teaches children how to relax and overcome anxiety about going to visit a doctor. This book is enjoyable for children and will help them understand the need to take their pets to the vet. It will also help children overcome their fear of doctors.

If you have a pet and children, this book is for you. Pattie Manente does a wonderful job of explaining to young readers what happens at a veterinary clinic and how to remain calm. This skill can easily be applied to your child as they go to the pediatrician. This book will cause your child to giggle and ask questions. Olena Kharkovenko does a masterful job of illustrating this delightful children’s picture book. The suggestions at the end dealing with relaxation methods are invaluable. It would be great for you to spend time with your child reading this book, asking questions, and exploring the importance of doctors in the lives of people and pets. Discussing your pet going to the veterinarian is not as intimidating as talking about your child going to the doctor; however, the information learned can easily be transferred to children going for medical check-ups. I highly recommend this book to all parents and children.

Kristine Zimmerman

Brady, the labrador retriever puppy, is back in a new adventure in Brady Goes to the Vet by Pattie Manente. Brady is very excited when he sees his owner gathering the car keys, treats, and his leash. It must mean he is going swimming! But to his surprise, they pull up in front of an unfamiliar building. Brady is a little nervous. He is visiting the veterinarian for the first time. There are many unfamiliar animals, people, sounds and smells. Brady isn't sure what is going to happen. Will Brady conquer his fear of this new place? At the end of the story, there are some questions for kids. Also included are some ideas for children to try when they need to relax and be calm in unfamiliar situations.

Going to the doctor, dentist, or hospital can be a scary experience for kids. Pattie Manente has done an excellent job of using little Brady to mirror the fears kids may experience. He also demonstrates some coping mechanisms that work to help him during his visit. The illustrations by Olena Kharkovenko are perfect. Brady is an adorable and active little puppy. I love the picture of the car ride with his tongue hanging out! Eagle-eyed readers will also spot his companion snail in many of the pictures. Pattie Manente has created a loveable and engaging character in Brady. Kids will be completely immersed in the story while also learning about ways that they can calm themselves. Brady Goes to the Vet will enchant animal lovers everywhere.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Brady Goes to the Vet by Pattie Manente is a lovely tale about Brady, the yellow Labrador. Brady thinks he’s off for a day of swimming, but he soon finds out that’s not where he’s going. Brady is off to the vet. It’s his first checkup, and he’s scared. All the sounds and the sights in the vet frighten him, but he has a plan to escape. Then, he meets Gigi, a therapy dog, who helps him overcome his fears and teaches him how to be brave. Along the way, Brady makes some new friends and learns that going to the vet isn’t all that bad, even when the big needle comes out. And maybe, just maybe, Dad will give Brady a treat for being so brave.

Brady Goes to the Vet by Pattie Manente is a fun story about Brady, the pup, and his first vet visit with some wonderful, colorful illustrations by Olena Kharkovenko. The pictures really bring this story to life, taking us on an adventure with Brady as he overcomes his fear of the vet with the help of a friendly therapy dog. This story is about kids learning how to look after their pets and giving them the best start in life possible. It’s also about teaching kids to overcome fear, and that there is always a way to dig deep and find courage, especially when they are faced with their own visits to their healthcare providers. At the end of the book, Brady asks some questions for young readers to answer to help them understand their fears and also some tips on relaxation and mind-calming for children to practice before they visit the doctor. This lovely book is recommended for all kids as a fun way to help them see that medical visits are nothing to fear.

Rich Follett

Brady Goes to the Vet, written by Pattie Manente and whimsically illustrated by Olena Kharhovenko, marks the return of the brave and adorable hero Brady, the yellow lab puppy. Brady takes a trip to the vet in this delightful tale – a trip that soon becomes fraught with anxiety when Brady realizes that he is not going to the pool. When the car stops at the vet’s office, Brady tries everything he knows to escape. In the end, through the kindness of a therapy dog named Gigi and the humans he encounters, he learns that kindness counts and even the worst scenarios can turn out right if we are brave and keep a positive attitude. Brady has a particularly endearing habit of bringing much-needed positive messages to young readers!

Brady Goes to the Vet is chock-full of caring and compassion from cover to cover. Based on the quality of the writing, the charming illustrations, and Manente’s insightful questions and tips for managing one’s fears and anxiety at the end, Brady's tale transcends mere children’s story status to become a primer for children to minimize anxiety and stress as they face challenging situations in real life. The book is dedicated to healthcare workers caring for both humans and their animal companions. Olena Kharkovenko’s heartwarming illustrations feature a refreshingly diverse cast of human supporting players, and Brady’s list of important questions and healthy suggestions to help kids deal with fear when going to see a health professional are worth their weight in gold. Brady Goes to the Vet is a delightful book for children, with messages of caring and compassion on every page. Pattie Manente’s beguiling tale should be a cornerstone of every child’s library.