After a long day of getting iced out at the playground for being a dad, it’s nice to come home to a book that gives a little credit to fathers. Michael Dahl’s 2010 book Pony Brushes His Teeth fills many of my book criteria. First of all it is a big solid board book, which is important, as LTD has made it his new mission to exploit any structural weaknesses or tears in books and use them as an opening to destroy them. Secondly, it is a simple quick read with one sentence on each two-page spread. Lastly, the book promotes proper dental hygiene. We have always felt that if you take care of your teeth, they will take care of you.
The easy to follow story focuses on Pony learning to brush his teeth by watching his horse dad. The worst kept secret in the animal kingdom is that horses have big teeth and so make excellent brushing subjects. And again, in keeping with the Beyond the Car Seat policy I won’t give away the ending except to write that while Pony learns to take tooth brushing seriously he doesn’t take himself seriously.