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Now this won’t hurt a bit…

coverMichael and the Dentist

Submitter: This book was weeded from an elementary school library because it does not give a child in the year 2013 an accurate picture of what it’s like to visit the dentist. The equipment looks down-right scary & the poor kid in the book has to choose between the dentist’s “magic orange machine” or a large hypodermic needle. The nitrous oxide mask looks like a crushed soda can over his face! Even his mother looks concerned (though she hides it pretty well behind her Jackie-O style glasses).

Holly: The dentist looks like Eugene Levy! Is that Michael’s mom lurking in the doorway on the cover?

meet the dentist

hypodermic syringe
needle or gas choice
Michael chooses gas

9 Responses to Now this won’t hurt a bit…

  • Dentistry has changed so much in the last 30 years. You’d think an Elementry school library would have a book not as scary.

  • If I were a kid and saw this book in the library, the cover alone would cause me to throw a screaming fit when my mom said she was taking me to the dentist. Yikes!

  • Did someone doodle on the cover? Also, I would image a modern book would cover (in some way) dental hygienists as well as dentists.

  • Say “AAAAAAUGH!”

  • I agree, Dinah! I’ve never had issues with the dentist – maybe because I never saw this kind of book in my school library!

  • What timing! I just had a root canal done this morning.

    This book is truly awful – mom is tense, kid is panicking, doctor is creepy (“I think you would have a lot more fun with Mr. Orange Machine”? Really?). There are such better books out there on this subject.

  • That looks antiquated even for 1980.

  • This was probably the book in the dentists’ waiting room on the coffee table…

  • I wonder if there was a sequel book where the boy needed braces and dealt with an orthodontist? 🙂