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Author: Charlotte Cowan, MD

Illustrator: Elaine Garvin

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Publisher: The Hippocratic Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It can't be true. Eddie's birthday (and the Mud Castle Contest) are just days away, but he has an earache. It hurts so much his mom is taking him to the doctor. Dr. Hippo knew just what to do to help Eddie feel better ... in time for his birthday party! This picture book walks children through a visit to the doctor's office and offers comfort (and a pamphlet) for dealing with earaches!

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with a 6-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter offered the requisite "oh's" and "aw's" of a sympathetic listener. She liked the story and the mud castle contest!

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a great story for both children and parents. It gently reminds parents that drugs aren't the first-line solution for earaches, and teaches kids the same thing. Tying the earache to something that was personally meaningful to Eddie will resonate with kids.

Pros: This is a story that every parent and child will appreciate. Rare is the child who hasn't suffered not one earache. The Parent's Guide in the back is a HUGE bonus!

Cons: Absolutely None. I hope there are more stories like this.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! We suggest buying two, because it is the perfect baby shower gift or a present for a new mom. This story will be read LOTS of times, and will be "comfort food" for the child who regularly has earaches.


Educational Themes: This is a story with educational value for EVERYONE in the family. There is medical information about earaches, guidance on how to treat an earache, and a story to help while you ride out the fever and pain.

Notes: 2008 Gold Recipient: Illustrated Series, Moms Choice Awards

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, illness, health

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2007

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