If you’re having trouble getting your little one to brush his or teeth before bed, Felicity Brooks and Desideria Guicciardini have just the book for you. In fact, I’m thinking they must have their own little night owls who inspired Brush your teeth, Max and Millie!
I must say, refusal to brush teeth hasn’t been an issue in our house. My Max actually cries when you take his toothbrush away. He picked up the book in the library specifically because he saw a kid brushing his teeth on the front. (The name was a happy accident!)
Anyway, Millie has something against brushing her teeth. Her dad isn’t sure why, but it’s always a struggle, and nightly he ends up brushing them for her. (I had a flashback to my mom sitting on my brother’s chest to hold him down while my dad brushed the crazy kid’s teeth. Oddly, the illustrations in the book didn’t show it that way.)
The little girl learns an important lesson when her friend Max comes over to spend the night – brushing your teeth doesn’t need to be a chore; in fact, it can be fun! When Max gets the toothpaste on his toothbrush, he brushes up and down, back and forth. He spits with gusto, then busts out his Clean Teeth moves.
Though Max was already all about brushing his teeth, there are certainly some routines he’s not as fond of, like putting on clothes or changing his diaper (or lately, using the potty). Due to this book, I have a new way to react to “Mr. No”: tell him we have to get it done to do the We’re Wearing Clothes Dance/the Clean Diaper Dance/the I Went Potty Dance.
The kid’s a sucker for dancing. It’ll work.
For this brand new insight, I’d say Brush your teeth, Max and Millie deserves 5 snacks: