Red Reading Hub - Jill Bennett's Reviews of Children's Books Lulu’s little brother is now a playful toddler drinking from his own cup and feeding himself. It’s the day he’s going for a health check and having helped pack his bag, Daddy and the infant are ready to visit the clinic. Once there they have to wait their turn so Zeki is glad he’s got his favourite Mister Seahorse to play with. Zeki is happy to show what he can do; he’s weighed and measured, has his eyes, ears and heart checked and is given a jab to help him stay healthy. He leaves with a well-deserved sticker, a new book and a cheery farewell wave from the health practitioner. Full of warmth, reassuring, and as with all the books in this series, inclusive and beautifully portrayed. Definitely one to add to the bookshelves of those with toddlers be that at home or in a nursery setting.
Goodreads (UK edition - Zeki) Mathew Tobin Lulu's little brother, Zeki, is off to get his jab at the local doctors. For all of us this can be daunting but especially so for children. McQuinn shows here a family preparing together and they involve Zeki in the experience as much as possible so that he has some control and ownership over the event. When he arrives, Zeki meets other children like him has his jab and is treated to a special book for being so brave. A lovely book for parents to share with their child so that they begin to understand these experiences and talk about them. Lovely to see such a diverse range of families with regards to race and a special note on the doctor being female too. A special mention must be made to the shape and size of this book. I have the paperback copy and find the images big and bold whilst the font is large but without dominating the picture plane - perfect for sharing. A lovely additional touch is the curved edges of the book's corners so more comfortable to share with a very young child (much like board books).
Goodreads (US edition - Leo) Kelly - Really adorable and informative. I love that he gets to take a book home, too. I think that should be a part of all pediatricians at some point during the child's early years.
Emily - Such a sweet title in the Leo and Lola series. Shows Leo getting ready to go to the doctor, and some of the things he experiences while he's at the clinic. The last thing is a shot, but the title doesn't dwell on it. I loved that it was Leo's dad who took him to his check-up.
Cheryl - Great book for toddlers about what will happen at the doctor's office. I love the positive nods to breastfeeding and vaccination.
Zoe Toft So reassuring and lovely, this is an absolute must for every "when a book might help" shelf in every library, but also for nurseries, play-groups, children's centres and GP practices. The Zeki and Lulu books take everyday experiences of little children seriously - in this case going to the doctors - treating their view of the world with respect and kindness.
Mama Filz Book Blog Publishers Alanna Max recent publication, Zeki Gets a Check Up was an instant hit with both my little ladies and this is the first book I have shared on the blog from Alanna Max. This is not the first picture book all about Zeki and since those books he has matured and is able to do a great more many things. The book shares how independent he is becoming and explores all the things he now loves. His loves are not too dissimilar to what my youngest enjoys and sharing the book with her I could see how relatable young Zeki was to her. Zeki’s supportive parents ensure that he is well prepared for his doctors appointment and get Zeki excited about his visit. Zeki packs his blanket and his well loved Mister Seahorse and they are good to go. The book shares what happens during Zeki’s check up. It clearly shows you what apparatus the doctor uses to check different things and these pages are sure to be remembered to a young reader when they are having their developmental checks or dare I say it, immunisations.
The sweet illustrations are so appealing and ooze cuteness. Zeki is a beautiful brown skinned boy representing an underrepresented minority in UK children’s picture books. Zeki’s doctor is female and it is Zeki’s Daddy who takes Zeki for his check up. This read is not shy from embracing the realities of today rather then conforming to what has previously been done.
I think this book is brilliant and we are all pleased to have been introduced to Zeki. It is a book that explores new experiences in a very inviting and simple way, embracing the diverse world in which we live in. BookTrust This new addition to the inclusive Zeki series mark developmental milestones for toddlers of Zeki’s age, such as drinking and eating independently. It is an ideal book to share with little ones of the same age, whether by parents, carers, nurseries or health practitioners.
Parents in Touch This warmly inclusive series about Lulu and Zeki is perfect for introducing little children to new experiences. The characters are true to life and children will readily identify with the way Zeki feels - portrayed as much through Ruth Hearson's emotive illustrations as in the text. Zeki is growing up (and the book shows how) and today he's off to the clinic to show the doctor just what he can do. The book offers lots of opportunity for parents and carers to explain what will happen and to reassure their child. Practical and reassuring - and a fun story to share.
Let them be small Book Blog - On Harry's Bookshelf ...he has also enjoyed the Zeki Gets a Checkup book. I like this series of books from Alanna books as they’re a bit of a cross over from board books to soft back picture books; the pages are all sturdy with nice rounded corners and it really helps that transition. The stories are always relatable for the children, and I know we will be looking at this a lot more once H turns two and prepares for various health checks.
The Letter Press Project - Karen Argent This is the third picture book in a delightful series with baby Zeki as the central character. As with all books produced by this publisher, the emphasis is on portraying an ordinary child’s eye view of, what is to them, a series of extraordinary experiences. What I mean is that they show events that are probably part of every child’s routine but the first time that they happen to individuals, it is easy to miss how exciting and stimulating they are. So in the same way that the first book showed us Zeki going to a Baby Club and the second one enjoying going swimming with his dad, this one describes how he fully participates in his first developmental check up at the doctor’s. The strong image on the cover sets the tone for what is to follow with Zeki sitting in the centre between his dad and the doctor who is listening to his chest with the stethoscope. All three are smiling and together with the title, this suggests that, although very young, Zeki is in charge of what is going to be a positive experience. The first few pages show other examples of him doing lots of things for himself and growing in independence. For instance, he is drinking from his cup without any help but is encouraged by his mum and dad who are looking adoringly at him. I know that the author is very conscious of making the children in her stories appear as active and capable rather than depicting the more usual passive and dependent characteristics. The bold colourful illustrations definitely help with this overall atmosphere and help define Zeki as an assertive little boy who can already do lots of impressive stuff. Dealing with the impending experience of a check-up is clearly going to be another triumph.
Dad always plays a very important role in this family and so helps Zeki to pack his bag in preparation for the visit. In a turn of the page they are in the doctor’s waiting room and it’s good to see them waiting alongside a range of other equally cheerful children and parents as he waits for his turn.
Apart from being a story about a memorable character, there is also enough information about the check-up to provide reassurance about a similar real world experience. Zeki appears to still be in overall charge because the first encounter with the doctor shows him demonstrating what he can do and her looking suitably impressed. Then she checks his height, weight, eyes, and heartbeat and the text hints that he is to be congratulated for being so healthy. I found the page showing him being given a jab rather amusing because everyone is still smiling broadly as the syringe approaches his arm. Choosing to show the moment just before the injection actually happens does at least keep the message a positive one because I suspect in the moments that follow, Zeki’s good mood is likely to have changed to a much less happy one! This is a charming little story that would be very well received by children, parents and practitioners. At the end of the check-up Zeki gets a sticker and a new book as a reward and I liked the way that this image fills a double page spread with his joyful face as he eagerly touches the book and the focus is on him with only parts of the adult’s faces showing. He is the star of the story after all. The final pages show him leaving the surgery presumably ready and eager for more adventures.
Irish Examiner - Mary Arrigan Zeki, Lulu’s now equally famous brother, is due for a check up. Everthing is handled very calmly and we notice how grown up little Zeki has become, but his milestones have to be checked in the local clinic. This cheerful multicultural book will be ideal for parents to prepare toddlers for their first milestone checkup, but do remember the reward that Zeki gets or a very different milestone could be reached! Age one +
Books for Keeps - Elizabeth Schlenther A warm and happy picture book that shows us a loving black family experiencing a normal everyday happening in the life of any family with young children. While a paperback, the paper is very strong, and the fact that the corners are rounded will make it difficult for young children to poke themselves or others in the eye. An excellent book for families and for surgery waiting rooms - good for toddler groups as well.