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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Never Take the Skwerdlock to the Doctor! by Pops Jamison is a highly imaginative story of a young girl who is adamant about not taking her imaginary friend to an annual doctor appointment. The Skwerdlock is equally adamant about accompanying its human on her visit. The Skwerdlock hides in the girl’s backpack and commences to wreak havoc during the appointment by imitating every procedure instead of obeying the command to “Get in my backpack…and stay there!” The doctor examines the girl’s throat and mouth, which spurs the Skwerdlock to play with tongue depressors. After the doctor listens to the girl’s lungs and chest with a stethoscope, the Skwerdlock takes it upon itself to play with that physician’s tool. With each proceeding checkup test, the Skwerdlock manages to get involved. The doctor smiles at the girl and commends her on her brave behavior. Since Skwerdlocks are not known for their patience, the lesson learned at the conclusion is to “Never take the Skwerdlock to the doctor.”
Pops Jamison does an excellent job of making a young patient comfortable with a potentially upsetting event. The illustrations are simple but relatable for a young reader, particularly with the author’s explanation at the end of the story. The Skwerdlock's tale of mishap and mayhem is a funny story and it is an amusing creature that is certain to grab a young reader’s attention. Young readers will be excited to learn of a Skwerdlock series with the additional titles of “Meet the Skwerdlock!” and “I Saw the Skwerdlock!”