I’m delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for Dylan The Doctor by Guy Parker-Rees. Dylan the Doctor was published by Scholastic on 4th August 2016 and is available for purchase from all good bookshops, supermarkets like Sainsbury’s and online retailers like Amazon.
Dylan The Doctor
Dylan’s on his way – are you ready to play? Dylan The Doctor is the first picture book in a series featuring an exuberant stripy dog, who just loves to play. Created by bestselling illustrator Guy Parker-Rees, Dylan is a joyous new character who uses playing and fun to help toddlers explore and understand their world. Today Dylan is playing at being a doctor. He dashes about looking after all of his friends: Purple Puss, Jolly Otter and Titchy Chick. But who will look after poor, tired Doctor Dylan? All his friends, of course! Look out for Dylan’s friend, Dotty Bug, on every page, as she encourages readers to join in with the story.
My Review of Dylan The Doctor
Dylan the dog is playing at doctors and his friends are his patients.
What a super and vibrant picture book for young children. Dylan the Doctor has great value as it is the kind of book parents can share with their children several times. Firstly, there is the story itself which is fun and accessible as Dylan bandages, administers plasters and medicine and generally takes care of his friends.
The illustrations are lovely and there’s plenty to look at and discuss with children. Also, I really liked the inclusion of Dotty Bug who not only provides extra commentary but also speaks directly to children enabling them to play an active role in reading and storytelling as they answer her questions.
Another benefit of Dylan The Doctor is that it deals with the subject of doctors and hospitals in a way that is non-threatening and I think the book would make a wonderful gift for small children who are going in to hospital or visiting people there for the first time. Other themes that are positively represented are the importance of friendship and being kind to others which are valuable lessons for children to learn.
I have one small criticism (and this is with my ex-English teacher and inspector hat on) and that is that the Y in Dylan looks lower case in an otherwise uppercase word and I’d like it to be more consistent. That said, however, there are some super touches to promote literacy with the alliterative Purple Puss, the onomatopoeic nee-naw of the ambulance and the creative compound words such as Jolly Otter’s ‘Floppy-Wobble’ fever.
I think Dylan The Doctor is the start of a smashing new series that children will love.
About Guy Parker-Rees
Guy Parker-Rees is one of the UK’s best-loved children’s illustrators. His many successes include Giraffes Can’t Dance (Orchard) and Spookyrumpus (Orchard). Guy lives in Brighton. You can find all Guy’s children’s books here.