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Author Bio: Linda Valderrama R.D.H. has over 25 years experience as a dental hygienist. She has treated patients from ages two to one hundred years old and has successfully developed preventative oral hygiene programs tailored to individual needs. Linda is a strong believer that good oral hygiene leads to good overall health and well-being, along with good daily habits must be acquired early in life. She is working towards developing programs for schools, assisted living facilities and healthcare institutions to enable them to offer more effective oral hygiene programs.

Linda is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, the California Dental Hygienists Association and the San Diego Dental Hygienists Society. Her book “Brush Barry Brush” is to help parents and young children work together to achieve the simple but very important goal that every time you eat, you should brush your teeth.

Illustrator Bio: Sudi Memarzadeh is an illustrator, painter and designer. Soudabeh holds a Master of Graphics (Major in Illustration) fromUniversity ofTehran,School ofFine Arts. Bachelor of Fine Arts/Painting and Certifiates of Asia/Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO (ACCU) Workshop on Development of Literacy Learning Materials. She currently resides in Dan Diego,California and is a Professor for Art and Design.


Book Review

Every parent knows that brushing after eating prevents tooth decay. Now, through vibrant and playful illustrations, this book will make teaching your child this basic, yet essential, routine a fun and enjoyable experience. Together, you’ll love reading Barry’s story again and again!

Brushing after eating prevents tooth decay. Vibrant and playful illustrations in this book will make teaching your child this basic yet very essential routine a fun and enjoyable experience. Together, parents and children will love reading Barry’s story again and again. Stickers and interactive chart included.

Free Giveaway (US Only)

Author is giving away a copy to 1 lucky winner.

Giveaway Ends 29th July @ 12 noon

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Title of Book(s) up to six books per tour: Brush Barry Brush

 Publisher: Shirley’s Girl Publications

ISBN Number(s): 978-0-578-06605-9

 Publication Date(s): 1/2011

Author’s Name or Pen Name: Linda Valderrama R.D. H

Illustrator: Sudi Memarzadeh

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Posies and Ponies,La JollaCA

Fireside Bookstore,ChagrinFallsOH

TheYellow Book Road,San DiegoCA

Shirly’s Girl Publications

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July 17, 2011 - Posted by | Blog Tour | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. This looks like a cool book, I believe that oral hygiene leads to overall good health and wellness too 🙂 It is NOT easy to brush children’s teeth though >< edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

    Comment by krystallarson | July 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Krystallarson, you are so right! It helps if you actually stand behind the child facing a mirror so they can see their face and teeth. Both of you are looking straight ahead. Let your child hold the toothbrush and you can move their hand with them holding the brush, in a circular motion ,front teeth,back teeth, outsides and then insides . Both of you are actually looking in the mirror while brushing. This way they are participating and tend to be more likely to cooperate! Also you can be counting teeth as you brush them or singing a song while brushing. Every child is different ,so it may take a few sessions to figure out what works .

      Comment by Linda Valderrama R.D.H. | July 17, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hmmmm I wonder if this book would interest my dd into brushing more? She hates brushing and its a conatant struggle.

    Comment by Larissa Brunken | July 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Larissa, thanks for your question.It is a common problem . I would try reading the book together a few times. Talk about the pictures. Ask your child which character is the favorite. You can talk about what the characters are eating. It is especially written to appeal to the 3-6 yr old age group. “Patient persistence” is the rule of thumb so to speak. One thing that is important is not to make your child hate brushing their teeth. SO,do not get too frustrated. Sometimes it just takes figuring out the right reward that appeals to your child that will get them to cooperate. Sometimes it just has to seem more fun by singing a song or put up a chart and offer the reward of placing a sticker after brushing top teeth and then another one after brushing lowers. After reaching a certain number of stickers they can get another prize. SOmetimes it takes being pretty creative.! You should check out my website and see the parent guide for more ideas. Also the Sesame Street website has a darling song,”Kids Just Love To Brush” . It is really funny and has a catchy tune that might help set the mood. Keep me posted on your progress. I have other ideas if none of those work!

      Comment by Linda Valderrama R.D.H. | July 17, 2011 | Reply

  3. I am sure parents of ‘reluctant brushers” will find this fun book helpful. Kids will often do what others tell them – parents? No way!!

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    Comment by Margot Finke | July 17, 2011 | Reply

  4. This is a really fun book and my girls love it. They remind me now about brushing their teeth before going to bed.

    Comment by Virginia S Grenier | July 17, 2011 | Reply

    • VIrginia,thank you for your comment. When kids are brushing their teeth because they want to, it makes all the difference!

      Comment by Linda Valderrama R.D.H. | July 17, 2011 | Reply

  5. Margot , I have also found that to be very true! Thanks for your comment.

    Comment by Linda Valderrama R.D.H. | July 17, 2011 | Reply

  6. what a great idea for a book! it can be so hard to get a little one to brush, and a fun book can help so much to build interest in good oral hygiene!

    Comment by lisa | July 17, 2011 | Reply

    • LIsa, thanks so much for posting a comment! As you said, with some children, it really can be difficult, so building interest is quite important. That is my idea with the story,chart and stickers. We want the kids to want to brush their teeth and just get in the habit so that as they get older it becomes routine.

      Comment by Linda Valderrama R.D.H. | July 17, 2011 | Reply

  7. This is such an entertaining book. What a creative way to teach children how to brush their teeth. The illustrator is very talented as well. I’d love to win this book. Please count me in.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | July 17, 2011 | Reply

  8. Carol, thank You!

    Comment by Linda Valderrama R.D.H. | July 17, 2011 | Reply

  9. As a pre-school teacher, I work with 2-5 year olds. Great response when we read the book! Everyone really got into it! And laughed alot when Barry’s teeth turned blue! (and were so happy when he brushed!!) Way to go, Linda and Sudi

    Comment by Gail | July 17, 2011 | Reply

  10. I think your book would be a great help for teaching children how to brush their teeth. My grandson will brush his front teeth and then he chews on the brush.

    Comment by Nicole Sender | July 18, 2011 | Reply

    • Nicole, this is very common. there are special toothbrushes for young children that are chunky and have small brush heads. There are even some that are made to chew on. It takes a few years for young children to develop the motor skills to do a good job brushing their teeth. My dental office advised parents to help with the brushing until their child could write their own name or tie their shoes. Parents should use their own judgement but probably a child will be 7 or 8 before they can handle the job of keeping their teeth clean and healthy themselves. I am happy to hear that you are working with your grandson brushing teeth when he is with you! The main idea of “Brush Barry Brush” is to plant the idea to brush and the chart and stickers are positive reinforcement. Thanks for your comment.

      Comment by Linda Valderrama R.D.H. | July 18, 2011 | Reply

  11. My almost 2-year-old daughter fights brushing her teeth every day. It would be nice to have a book to help reinforce good habits with her.
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    Comment by Megan | July 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Megan, thanks so much for posting your comment. Your daughter is still quite young, but be patient and keep trying different tactics to get her to enjoy brushing. “Patient persistence” is the key. Try to get as much done as you can each session without making it into something that neither of you look forward to. DIfferent children respond positively to different things. Possibly try singing a “brushing” song (see… on parent guide) and make it into a fun activity . Make sure that the brush is small , chunky and colorful with soft bristles and definitely try using a children’s toothpaste (for ex. Crest/Oral B, Oragel,or Colgate) that has an appealing flavor for a young child. Try letting her hold the toothbrush with you helping from behind and face a mirror so she can see her face while she is brushing. Try counting as you brush and reward as you go along. So, if she lets you help brush all of the top teeth she gets to put up a sticker on the chart ,after the lowers another one. If she cooperates for her whole mouth maybe she can get a “special ” sticker to put up , or even a kiss! Once she accomplishes getting through brushing her whole mouth, pour on the praise for a job well done. It can be difficult, at 2 yrs old, but once you find a reward she responds to , it will suddeny be a lot easier. I think the book will help since it shows kids eating and then brushing and just repeating that idea. If you read the book together,eventually the brushing idea will sink in even if she just enjoys bonding with you and the colorful pictures at first.

      Comment by Linda Valderrama R.D.H. | July 26, 2011 | Reply

  12. Just the other day, I heard my 2 year olds saying, “You better eat healthy or you will have a whole in your teeth, and you don’t want cavities do you?” LOL, was this something I told them, I don’t know, but any book that encourages good hygiene and healthy habits in a winner in my book. We would love to win. (cleverlychanging at

    Comment by Elle | July 24, 2011 | Reply

    • Elle, I am so glad that you are working with your 2 year old and talking about the importance of good brushing habits. What a great start! They are like little sponges at this stage that soak up all kinds of information and will use the habits they form now for the rest of their life. The chart and stickers in the book should help.

      Comment by Linda Valderrama R.D.H. | July 26, 2011 | Reply

  13. This is such an important subject to stress to little ones, so being able to read about it in a book makes it fun too! Thank you for the chance to win!

    Comment by Kristie | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  14. Thank you Subscribers for taking part in the Brush Barry Brush Giveaway. Congrats to the following winner.

    #2 – Larissa Brunken

    Comment by mymcbooks | July 29, 2011 | Reply

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