The Dolphin Dentist

No Sharks Allowed

Children - Picture Book
43 Pages
Reviewed on 11/19/2023
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

What are you scared of? Are you afraid of going to the dentist? Of enduring all those noisy drills and poking in the mouth? You’re not alone. There are a lot of things in this world that are very frightening. In Cheryl DaVeiga’s The Dolphin Dentist, Fearless Flossy, a great white shark, might be good at frightening others in her undersea world, but she’s terrified of the dentist. Dr. Dribble is a kind-hearted dolphin dentist, but he has a strict “No Sharks Allowed" policy. Will he bend the rules a little to help a terrified great white shark, with her painful, yucky yellow teeth that are "jaggedy, snagged, and zig-zaggedy?” Two terrified sea creatures must confront their fears to do what is best for each other.

Cheryl DaVeiga’s picture book, The Dolphin Dentist: No Sharks Allowed, is a clever and sometimes funny book about conquering fear. Told partially in rhyming verse, the author uses simple language to help young readers follow along. The inclusion of punny, made-up words, and quirky names like Dr. Dribble for the dentist and Ms. Oops for his assistant (I wonder how many times her help has resulted in ‘oops’ episodes?) will have the dentist-fearing young reader giggling and relaxing (somewhat) at the thought of going to the dentist. The illustrations by Luis Peres are superb: bright, bold, and colorful. And the random placement of words, in varying fonts and colors, adds to the “splash” of this story. A great read and a great way to help young readers overcome fears, or at least be able to face them with courage.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Cheryl DaVeiga's children's book, The Dolphin Dentist: No Sharks Allowed, details the fear of two characters, Flossy Fin, a great white shark with decaying teeth, and Dr. Dribble, a dolphin who is known as a gentle dentist. While it is clear that Flossy needs regular orthodontist appointments, she avoids them because of her apprehension about drills and other dental tools. Dr. Dribble has signs and staff to keep sharks out of his office, but when Mama Fin sees him as the only hope for her daughter's dental health, she crashes into his office with Flossy. Dr. Dribble tells a "great white lie" that keeps him from attending to Flossy's teeth, but soon, he feels guilty about the untruth and faces his fear of sharks.

Cheryl DaVeiga has written a delightful story with a big lesson! Many times, children don't want to brush or floss their teeth or go to the dentist. Some young ones are afraid of the orthodontist and/or tools used by them and hygienists. DaVeiga's book shows the repercussions of neglecting tooth care and the result of skipping dental appointments. Luis Peres's illustrations pop off the pages and intensify the character qualities to provide more humor. The narration and dialog flow well, so the story could be read aloud at home or to an audience of children at school. The text provides an opportunity to discuss the tools dentists use and the benefits of their application. The Dolphin Dentist is a great selection for caregivers who want to show the consequences of neglecting tooth care and hope to ease children's fears.

Rosie Malezer

The Dolphin Dentist: No Sharks Allowed is a colorful children's picture book written by Cheryl DaVeiga and illustrated by Luis Peres. Fearless Flossy Fin is a shark who is afraid of nothing, except dentists. After all, their tools are so scary and noisy. Flossy always forgets to brush her teeth, which causes terrible breath, and her teeth are rotten because of this. When Mama Fin visits Flossy, she tells her of a wonderful dentist with five stars, but little does she know that sharks are not allowed because the dentist is terrified of them. After the dentist and staff run to hide when the sharks arrive, the dentist's receptionist says he is too busy to see them. The truth is that the dentist is simply too scared, even though Flossy desperately needs his help. After turning the sharks away, the dentist cannot sleep because he feels so guilty about what he's done. Knowing Flossy needs help, he gets his staff and tools together and they visit Flossy at her home. Without hesitation, the dentist goes to work, making Flossy's teeth as good as new! Both the doctor and the shark had been very scared of each other, but after meeting, they realized that their fear was unfounded. Flossy learns that she must brush and floss her beautiful new teeth every day if she wants her teeth to stay healthy.

Cheryl DaVeiga's beautifully illustrated book, The Dolphin Dentist: No Sharks Allowed, was such a joy to read. Both children and adults can be terrified of visiting their dentist for the very same reasons as described in this book - unfounded fear. Some people wait for years until they have badly infected gums and rotten teeth, but there simply is no reason to be afraid. The incredible illustrations on each page, thanks to the wonderful artistic talent of Luis Peres, are sure to capture the eyes and imaginations of young readers who have a lifetime ahead to keep their teeth healthy. The Dolphin Dentist: No Sharks Allowed is a delightful read that should be stocked in home and school libraries everywhere, as maintaining healthy teeth is very much an undermentioned but essential thing to know, and is top-shelf reading for all!