The Dentist from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler The Dentist from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
Illustrator: Jared Lee
Series: Black Lagoon #16
Published by Cartwheel Books on September 1, 2008 (first published 2005)
Source: Other
Genres: Picture Book
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback
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Join Hubie once again as he faces his comically horrific fears as his class receives a visit from Dr. B.N. Payne, a local dentist. Featuring a two-headed, monstrous dentist who puts bridges and root "canals" in people's mouths, this story is sure to amuse and quell fears of new experiences at the same time!

I had to take Amber to the dentist one day last month and The Dentist from the Black Lagoon was sitting on the table in the waiting room. I picked it up and read it of course, because it’s a book and it was sitting there. It’s the tried and true Black Lagoon formula. The dentist is coming to school and of course Hubie imagines all sort of horrors, but it all turns out good in the end.

All the dental words – caps, crowns, bridges, etc. – make for some amusing illustrations that are fun, colorful and busy. This is not one I would go out and buy, even if I did have a kid the appropriate age, but I would pick it up from the library, especially if I had a child who was leery about going to the dentist.

About Mike Thaler

Known as America’s Riddle King, Mike Thaler is the author of the popular Black Lagoon books and the Heaven and Mirth series. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and travels nationally, speaking in schools, libraries, and churches.