- Book Style: Kids story book about surgery
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: A lot like a Sunday morning cartoon
- Age Target: 2-12 Years of Age
- Author: David Rosenblum, MD
- Author’s Page: David Rosenblum, MD
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon
- Social Media Links: http://www.mykidssurgery.com/
Welwyn Ardsley and the Cosmic Ninjas – Preparing Your Child and Yourself for Anesthesia and Surgery is exactly what it sounds like: different! This book is by David Rosenblum, who’s an MD (Medical Doctor, in case you didn’t know) and it’s all about preparing children for anesthesia, surgery, or for a career in medicine. As I said, this book is different and it’s quite literally one of the most interesting ones I’ve been privy to review.
The book starts of with our main character Welwyn having an incident. He falls down the stairs and hurts his leg, and therefore his mother calls the doctor. When Welwyn gets to the doctor, he’s told that the doctor can fix his leg but it requires surgery. From this point on, we get to see Welwyn go through the entire process of having surgery, including an interesting (read: under anesthesia) where he ends up fighting germs in space (along with cosmic ninjas, obviously). In the end, Welwyn wakes up with his leg in a cast and with everything feeling much better.
Probably my favorite thing in this book is the point (of the book). See, it’s not just another story book telling a cute story. Instead, this book was created for a few specific purposes: to prepare kids for anesthesia/surgery, and to provide more information to kids who might want to get into medicine. It also helps to prepare parents who have children requiring surgery, so all in all, this is a very helpful book. I love books that have a very specific purpose, and this one definitely performs well.
See, it’s not like the book simply talks about surgery. It doesn’t just explain what anesthesia is (although it does that in a glossary at the end of the book). Instead, it tells the story from the point of view of a young child who has to have surgery. It provides a ton of information but allows children (and parents) a chance to feel something about the process they’re about to partake in. David Rosenblum is clearly well-versed in this process and knows how to help children feel better about the situation.
The other thing I must talk about in regards to the story is the “cosmic ninja” part. See, when Welwyn falls under the anesthesia, he starts to dream and ends up on a mission to protect his teddy bear (named Teddy) from germs. It provides a fantastic break in the middle of the book and injects a ton of fun into the story. It adds character to the book, and it adds to the character of Welwyn himself. What’s more, it provides some of the most interesting illustrations in the book.
Speaking of which, the illustrations are nothing short of excellent. The style itself is reminiscent of a Sunday morning cartoon in the newspaper. It’s high quality and also relatively realistic, while still being a kids cartoon book. With the illustrations being realistic, it’s easy to tell what the characters are feeling, and that’s important for the book to do its job.
There are a lot of illustration details to discuss, but I don’t want to go in-depth in every one. Instead, let me say this. Each picture contains depth within details. Hair is full of detail, and then shaded for extra depth. Characters’ faces show strong emotion and also have details like eyelashes and eyebrows. There’s also shading on characters’ faces and throughout their clothing. It’s all an incredible amount of detail that hides within a children’s book.
Finally, I’ll talk a little bit about the cosmic ninja part of the book. The style changes a little here and while we still have characters with the same depth and detail, we also have a lot of fun objects. There’s an airplane with lasers, giant germs (of many colors), and of course, the cosmic ninjas. As I said before, it’s a fun scene with a lot going on and the illustrations in this section only add to the fun.
Now I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been able to meet a ton of doctors during my time. They just seem to be busy people that almost live on another plane of existence. With David, this is true in one way, but not in another.
See, there’s the side of David that I’m sure most people see. He’s an actual MD who is an absolute expert in pain management and anesthesia. He’s an expert so much that he now teaches other MDs how to do what he does. Here’s a little excerpt from his website, mykidssurgery.com:
As president and creator of QBazaar.com, he prepares physicians, for specialty board exams. He also lectures at academic institutions, conferences and has made multiple appearances on Sirius XM Radio show Doctor Talk at the NYU studio in Manhattan.
He’s also an expert in something called ultrasound guided regional anesthesia (that’s a mouthful) and teaches others how to do that. The guy’s basically a genius, and what’s crazy is he’s decided to share plenty of his knowledge in this children’s book.
Which brings me on to the other side of David. I haven’t had a ton of time to speak with him, but from what I”ve learned, he’s driven to help. He’s driven to help children understand hospitals and other (scary) things like surgery. He’s providing what he can to help ease some of the anxiety and tension that’s normally associated with trips to the hospital and he’s really doing so without expectation of anything coming back his way.
Which brings me to the verdict on this interesting little book. I think it’s pretty obvious what I’m going to say. This is a great book, especially for those children and parents who are preparing to spend some time in a hospital. Obviously, if your little one is preparing for surgery, this is even moreso. The book will help parents explain things to their kids, as well as put some of their own concerns to rest. Not only that, but the book only costs $3.11 USD on Kindle and $13.99 USD for a paperback copy. In the end, this is definitely a strong buy from us here at Kids Fun Channel.
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!