Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Oneeka Williams M.D.
Illustrator: Valerie Bouthyette
Publisher: Mascot Books
“Team, fasten your seatbelts. Freeda, set GPS for the meteorite collision site in Earth’s Northern Hemisphere,” Dr. Dee Dee directs in Oneeka Williams’s children’s book, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Meteorite Mission.
This forty-two page oversized hardbound book targets any age, especially preschool to elementary school readers interested in space, meteorites, and medicine. With no scary or violent scenes or profanity, it does contain some big words that beginner readers will need help understanding or pronouncing. Illustrator Valerie Bouthyette’s expressive and easy-to-understand designs cover almost all pages with small font wording incorporated in them.
In this second book in the Dr. Dee Dee Book Series, young Dee Dee lives with her parents in Battery Grove. Being a special super-surgeon, the young child flies around the globe with her cousin, Lukas, and Kyle the Koala Bear whenever they are asked by Gordon the Gullible Globe to assist someone or something in need in the universe.
With the medical help from a family of surgical items named Marky, Nellie, Suzy, and Simon, the gang flies in Freeda, the flying ambulance, to help Astrid Asteroid find her missing tail, Matty Meteorite, which supposedly is in the Northern Hemisphere.
After flying to South Africa where the oldest impact crater was discovered and to Russia where one found is only one hundred years old, the group goes to Chelyabinsk, Russia, where they aid and help those injured. Dr. Dee Dee also reassembles Matty and sends him back to Astrid out in space to be together again.
Although filled with fantasy and promoting evolution by billion-year dating, the story educates readers that there are one hundred and thirty known craters, specifically naming two of them, and explains the difference between asteroids, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids.
The ending includes a short glossary and dictionary of complicated terms, helpful for more mature children wanting to learn more. Also added are eleven discovery questions with no answers given. Bibliographies on the author and illustrator complete the book.
As an educational tool for kids interested in science and space, this book encourages children to live life without limits as it suggests “not even the sky is the limit” within the storyline.
Thanks to Bookpleasures, Bostick Communications, and the author for furnishing this book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.