Written by Heather Maisner as part of her Dinosaur Douglas range of books that offer an exciting and fun way to explore health-related subjects for Early Years children, this dynamic rhyming children’s book with zany illustrations by international artist Alex Godwin, encourages young children to brush their teeth regularly.
Heather, feeling alarmed at the state of children’s teeth in the UK, where dental decay and infection is the most common cause of hospital admission in under-fives each year, created this fun rhyming story encouraging children to take regular care of their teeth with input from Kate Barnard, Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at Chelsea and Westminister Hospital.
- Hammersmith & Fulham Council purchased 5,250 copies to give to young children across the borough.
- Doncaster City Council is adding the book to 3,500 oral health packs for children.
- RDASH NHS Foundation Trust purchased 1,750 copies.
- The book is highlighted in the Government document Tackling Poor Oral Health in Children.
“This book is definitely the best children’s book we have read about the importance of brushing your teeth.”
British Dental Journal
“Up and down the land children will do anything to get out of brushing their teeth . . .this fantastic rhyming book reinforces the importance of regularly brushing teeth.”
“Story books that convey a vital health message have to be convincing and well illustrated, and Heather’s use of rhymes combined with Alex’s terrific illustrations will ensure that they grab the children’s attention right from the word go. Dinosaurs are still number one on children’s list of favourite subjects, so this is a sure-fire winner!”
“Our boys and girls loved Dinosaur Douglas, and it inspired us to be creative with the curriculum: we played with dinosaur small world toys, brushed toy dinosaur teeth and beastly bugs on our messy table, painted pictures of dinosaurs and, in role play, we created a dental surgery”
Clayton Brook Nursery, Lancashire
About the Author
Heather Maisner is author of over 37 children’s books, including award-winning titles, published by many UK publishers.
Her children’s books range from picture books to books for fluent readers and teenagers and cover subjects as diverse as tractors, planet early, history, the weather, first-time stories and stories that are ideal for reluctant young readers, combining fiction with fact, and games with information. Her books have been translated into many languages and are sold all over the world.
Her first books for children, The Tractors of Thomson Yard, published by Walker Books, were inspired by her son’s fascination with tractors. At a time when there were no books with tractors as heroes, she created four titles, based on a Norfolk farm. Each tractor has its own song, and the stories explore the working life of tractors throughout the farming year.
Heather spends her time between London and Norfolk, and her house is always full of pets: dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, budgerigars, a chinchilla – but no dinosaurs. Until now . . .
Heather is also Publisher of Dinosaur Douglas Books – fun, healthy, rhyming books, which cover subjects including oral health, vitamin D, healthy eating and exercise, hand-washing, mental health and stress – Finalists in the Early Years Excellence Awards.
Dinosaur Douglas Books are written, working closely with paediatric consultants at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, H&F Family Support, Alberta Wellness Initiative and the NSPCC.
Heather teaches creative writing to children, has been Author in Residence at two Hammersmith primary schools, taught trainee teachers at the University of Hertfordshire and students at Queen Mary’s College and was on the Board of Directors at ALCS (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society).