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Owlkids Books

Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast
By (author): Sophie Gilmore
Sophie Gilmore


- Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Dust jacket
Hardcover , Dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 5 - 8
Mar 15, 2019
$19.95 CAD


11in x 7.5 x 0.38 in | 384 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


Full-color illustrations throughout
Owlkids Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
A Publishers Weekly "Flying Start" of Spring 2019 An American Booksellers Association Best Book for Young Readers 2019 Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2019 2019, Commended Best picture books of the year 2019, Commended
A doctor of crocodiles meets her most challenging patient yet

Crocodiles come from far and wide to seek Little Doctor’s care. She treats each one with skill and kindness—even the toughest crocs with thick skins and large, powerful jaws. Little Doctor marvels at these fearless beasts, listening to their stories, while she diagnoses and cures what ails them. But when she meets Big Mean, the largest crocodile in the land with jaws clamped tightly shut, Little Doctor can’t figure out what’s wrong. And she might be just a little bit afraid.

When one creative idea lands Little Doctor right inside Big Mean’s tremendous jaws, she is sure she’ll be munched or crunched—until she sees that Big Mean isn’t so horrible, after all. As it turns out, the crocodile is only protecting her hatchlings, all tangled in plastic, inside her mouth.

Watercolor illustrations create a richly imagined world in this awe-inspiring story about how even little kids can be fearless, and even big, mean creatures sometimes need help.

Sophie Gilmore is an author and illustrator who, until recently, was based in London, but can now be found in Pisa, Italy. She studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and works with watercolor, gouache and pen, though a little coloring pencil and the occasional monochromatic linocuts find their way in. Much of her work stems from the curiousness of human nature and the wordless magic in a friendship between children and animals.

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"Gilmore’s breezy tone keeps scariness at bay... and her illustrations are at once dreamy and believable. The conceit of a primary school–aged child who is already a seasoned medical professional provides charm from the outset, and Little Doctor’s bravery comes from wisdom and kindness." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"A young girl must figure out a way to help a sharp-toothed and fearsome creature many times her size... A rousing, toothy adventure." - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"An enthralling demonstration of kindness in action, helmed by a confident, brown-skinned girl in a doctor’s coat." - Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

"With its softly detailed, virtuoso art and a perfectly wrought story full of heart and respect for the imaginative rules of children’s play, this debut shines." - The New York Times

"This is a dreamy story, wrapped in a gorgeous package, with an important environmentalist reminder." - The Horn Book

"The story seems so simple, and yet is a mile deep. It is about persistence, compassion, and respect." - Sally's Bookshelf

"Atmospheric and quietly humorous, [it] will appeal to fans of adventure and legends." - School Library Journal

"It would be a welcome addition to personal, public and school library collections." - Canadian Review of Materials

"An unexpected (and welcome) surprise, and a soon-to-be classic." - The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

"Children will be able to read and relate and enjoy this story." - Picture Book Builders

"An auspicious picture book debut!" - Sal's Fiction Addiction

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