Did Dinosaurs Have Dentists? by Patrick O’Donnell [Book Review + Giveaway]

A quick read for those who are a bit anxious about a trip to the dentist

Today’s featured book Did Dinosaurs Have Dentists? was written by Patrick O’Donnell and illustrated by Erik Mehlen. It gives a glimpse into the inquisitive mind of a young child on the way to the dentist. It would be a fun read for any child who is a bit anxious about the dentist, as well as any dinosaur-loving boys or girls.

Did Dinosaurs Have Dentists?

In this book, we enter into the mind of a child who is going for a check-up at the dentist. On the way, he (or she) starts thinking of all sorts of questions related to the dentist… and dinosaurs. The questions start right from page 1.

The more the child thinks, the more questions keep coming. Each question involves a different dinosaur and introduces a different dental term. The pages rhyme too, which helps with the flow.

At the end, we learn that the child even asks the hygienist these questions. The hygienist gives a very cute response that very playfully stresses the importance of going to the dentist.

The Verdict

This book is easy to read, with a fun ending and an overall great concept. But it really is not much of a story. For that reason, younger readers might enjoy this a bit more. It does have some good vocabulary for those at the upper end of the intended age range however. The dinosaur and dental glossaries at the back were a nice addition and helped provide more substance to this book and created a little more conversation. We all learned a few new things. I for one, had no idea what a megalosaurus, camarasaurus, and bactrosaurus were. Overall, a very cute and playful book!

Book Facts

Age Range: Ages 5-8
Grade Level: Preschool- 3rd Grade
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN-10: 076435602X
ISBN-13: 978-0764356025


We're giving away (1) one copy of Did Dinosaurs Have Dentists?. 

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Mom of 2 future superheroes out to save the world, ages 3 & 6. Former teacher and gymnastics coach, current Occupational Therapist who believes children should PLAY!
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