Leo Gets a Checkup

illus. by Ruth Hearson. 24p. Charlesbridge. Sept. 2018. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781580898911.
Toddler-PreS—The little brother from the "Lola Reads" series goes on another adventure—this time to the doctor for a checkup. Since his debut in Leo Loves Baby Time, the toddler has gotten bigger and can now drink from a cup and eat by himself. Leo brings his blanket and stuffed seahorse to the clinic and plays as he waits his turn with the doctor. Leo's father accompanies him into the examination room where the doctor checks his height, weight, eyes, and ears: "Thump! Thump! Leo's heart sounds great." Leo is also given an immunization that will keep him healthy. This book will work well to ease the stress that medical appointments can cause very young children. Leo leaves the doctor happy, healthy, and with a sticker and new book to take home. Colorful, cartoon illustrations will allow very young children to identify with Leo, as well as the other characters in the book (mother, father, doctor). While it is not a board book, the thick, sturdy pages and a hardcover with rounded edges make it a toddler-friendly choice
VERDICT Recommended for purchase for the toddler shelf of any picture book collection.

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