Book Review: The Only Book a Kid Needs to Read About Coronavirus Ever by Dr. SG Jack

The crazy coronavirus has been causing chaos around the world! It’s changed everything and created so much confusion. Want to know more than your teachers, parents or even the President about coronavirus? Let’s uncover all the important truths, without skimping on the revolting details, that Disgusting Doctors love!


About the Disgusting Doctors series: This is hopefully the first book of many in the Disgusting Doctors series. The next book is titled “Ten Terrible Ideas Doctors Used to Think Were Wonderful”. The underlying ethos behind Disgusting Doctors is to ignite a curiosity about health and the human body at a young age. We believe with an early understanding of health we can reduce the burden of illness in later life. We feel this is a more effective way to practice medicine, focusing on prevention as opposed to cure. The plan is to have a range of books tackling all aspects of health, mind and body.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

If children have questions about Covid 19, this is the book to get. It explains everything in detail that children can understand, with a bit of humor here and there. A good example (and my favorite) is how the importance of facemasks is explained:

Kids will love the analogy and it makes the necessity of wearing masks super simple!

Along with learning about the coronavirus, Covid 19, stopping the spread of the virus, and treatments, every once in a while there is additional information under the titles “Did You Know,” “Extra Facts for Brainiacs,” and “Leadership.” One of the things that I found interesting under a “Did You Know” was that TV shows that are set in hospitals had a lot of masks and gowns used as stage props. The donated these to local hospitals during the pandemic. How great is that?!

If you have a child who is wanting answers to questions about the pandemic, this is a good book to get. It’s also a good read for adults because it’s based on fact, and we all know that we don’t know what we can believe on the internet.

About the Authors

Book Review: Remember to Smile by Shannon Q. McDonald

In the age of Covid19 young children are having to experience so many new, confusing, and sometimes scary things. More and more places are requiring they or the adults around them wear masks, including their schools and pre-schools. This book adds some silliness and laughs around mask wearing to help young children see masks as something funny and not scary. It does so by describing and illustrating all the different styles of masks, characters that wear them, when you can wear them, and ‘interesting’ ways to use them. Colorful and funny illustrations bring the book to life and will have kids giggling on the floor.

REMEMBER TO SMILE is a 300 word children’s picture book intended for ages 2-6 years old. With rhyming and rhythmic text, it makes reading the book aloud even more fun. Now more than ever young children can benefit from books that encourage laughing while featuring the new and strange realities we are living in right now.

Things looks a bit different these days as we go out and about, especially for those little ones that are headed back to daycare or school this fall. As our kids start to see and wear masks it can be a somewhat confusing. With the help of some giggles and a wiener dog, perhaps children will become a bit more comfortable with the idea of face masks.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Remember to Smile is a children’s book of our time. It encourages children to wear masks in a fun way with colorful illustrations and rhyming text. Some of the text is a bit silly, and I’m sure kids will think it’s funny. It does its job encouraging children to wear a mask and to not be afraid when so many other people are wearing them. I think it could be a little more organized, though. It jumps from reality to mermaids back to reality to dragons, etc.

Speaking of dragons, that page didn’t make sense to me. I haven’t read this book to my grandkids yet, but I’m sure that they will point out that dragons will set fire to their house with or without a mask.

Remember to Smile is a beautifully illustrated book that children will enjoy while learning about masks.

About the Author

A Midwest girl at heart, Shannon Q. McDonald is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Not long after graduating from law school, she moved to California to work in entertainment law at WME. After a few years in California, she and her husband moved to South Florida to raise their own family. Along with daughter Sloane (5), son Sean (3) and their wiener dog, Rudy, they are now residents of sunny Delray Beach, Florida. When not balancing remote school schedules and playdates, Shannon works as corporate counsel for a large technology and outsourcing company, Everise Holdings, while still maintainng her own law practice for select clients.

website: Remember to Smile

Book Review: Coronavirus Haiku by James Weir

The coronavirus pandemic. A time of social distancing. Isolation at home. Ever-climbing numbers of sick and dead. Economic collapse. Job losses. Protests. Incompetent government responses. Uncertainty. Toilet paper shortages. How can we possibly cope with all this bad news?

Why, make fun of it of course!

And what better way to make fun of a world-wide catastrophe than to do it using haiku. Remember haiku? The bane of your public-school English class – a three-line poem of five syllables, then seven syllables, then five syllables. It’s perfect for these times.

Take a break and read this collection of over one hundred verses designed to make you laugh, make you groan, and sometimes even say WTF?

Remember, this collection uses profanity, and revels in it’s use of immature themes. It may not be the best choice for the kids to read, but your dirty grandma will love it.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I haven’t read a lot of haiku because it usually seems forced. James Weir’s Coronavirus Haiku doesn’t feel that way to me. It’s contemporary, often political, and frequently humorous.

A couple of examples:

Sickly coughing bat
Gets revenge at the market
Pandemic panic

Quarantine fifteen
“Did you put on some weight honey?”
Sleeping in the car

If you’re looking for something to lighten your mood in these crazy times, Coronavirus Haiku will do exactly that.

About the Author

When he’s not busy being a poet (and we use the term poet very loosely here), James Weir is a small animal veterinarian. In addition to clinical practice, he holds graduate degrees in pathology and in public health. He has also worked as a stand-up comedian. He has been published before, but mostly boring science crap. He has four works of funny haikus listed on Amazon, and is currently writing a book of funny stories from his 30 years in veterinary practice.