Review – Dylan The Doctor by Guy Parker-Rees


Today I have something a little different as I am reviewing a fab new gorgeous picture book which was released on the 4th August 2016 published by Scholastic.

Dylan The Doctor is by Guy Parker-Rees and is gorgeous inside and out with beautiful words and stunning illustrations making this picture book an absolute joy to read.

I am so over the moon to be part of the wonderful blog tour for this book!

For my stop on the blog tour I am going to share my thoughts on the book and post a review….but in a slightly different way!

A huge thank you to Faye Rogers  and Scholastic for having me on this wonderful tour and for sending me the book to read.


Dylan’s on his way – are you ready to play? DYLAN THE DOCTOR is the first picture book in a series featuring an exuberant stripy dog, who just loves to play. Created by bestselling illustrator Guy Parker-Rees, Dylan is a joyous new character who uses playing and fun to help toddlers explore and understand their world. Today Dylan is playing at being a doctor. He dashes about looking after all of his friends: Purple Puss, Jolly Otter and Titchy Chick. But who will look after poor, tired Doctor Dylan? All his friends, of course! Look out for Dylan’s friend, Dotty Bug, on every page, as she encourages readers to join in with the story.

Publisher – Scholastic

Published – 4th August 2016

Format – Paperback

Category – Picture Book

Source – I was sent a copy of this book by the wonderful people at Scholastic as part of the blog tour organised by Faye Rogers.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you Scholastic for sending this to me to read and to Faye for organising!

** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**

Firstly…..let me tell you a story I wrote…..

This story features the character created by Guy Parker-Rees in his book Dylan the Doctor and things that happen in the book.  Oh and little old me……

One day I woke up and I was feeling rather unwell.  I sighed a little, rubbed my eyes to clear the sleepiness from them and stretched until all of my body ached and pulled at every limb.

“Ugh,” I thought to myself. “Nothing is going to make me feel better today!”

I looked down at the bright and beautiful picture book sitting beside me on the bed glinting in the morning sunlight.

In the distance I heard a noise.  It was faint but I could hear it getting louder and louder!

“Nee-Naw, Nee-Naw, Nee-Naw!”

All of a sudden a smiley white face with colourful stripes jumped out of the book and appeared before me on my duvet with a doctors kit in hand!

“Today is a making-everyone-better day” he announced throwing his doctors kit down in front of me with a thud.

It was Dylan!  Dylan the Doctor!  From the book I was reading!  Surely this couldn’t be possible!

He threw open his kit with one click and swoosh.

“Do you have Head-shoulders-knees-and-toes-I-tis?” Dylan asked.  “If so I have a bandage that will help.”

I looked curiously at Dylan unable to quite believe my eyes.  “I don’t think so” I replied weakly with a feeble cough and squinting my eyes to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

“Does your arm feel all flappy?”  Dylan asked whilst lifting my arm and waggling it about like it was jelly on a plate.

“Well it didn’t, but it does now”  I giggled whilst watching my arm flop around in Dylan’s paws.

“I’ve got it!”  Dylan said with glee “You have Floppy-Wobble Fever!”

Dylan grabbed some plasters and stuck them all up my arm in a neat little row of pink plastic.

“Do you feel any better now?”  Dylan asked me.

I sadly shook my head.

“Well there’s only one thing for it!”  Dylan announced!

I gave Dylan a look of confusion as he started to pat the blanket all around me.  Tucking me in at every crease and crevice on the bed.  He plumped my pillow, made sure I was comfortable and gave me some pink medicine that tasted like sunshine and strawberries on a spoon!

“All this fuss and pink medicine is making me feel so much better Dylan” I said dreamily my eyes half closing due to the cosiness and warmth of the blanket.

Dylan topped up my orange drink by the side of my bed and fed me some super squishy pink and white marshmallows.

“Ta-dah!”  Dylan announced proudly producing a get well soon card that had exploded glitter all over Dylan so that he looked like a glistening multi-coloured star!

I took the card off Dylan.  “It’s wonderful!” I smiled.

As time went on Dylan sung me a song and performed a little Dylan dance all on his own.  He even read me a story or two!

“Oh Dylan, I’m feeling so much better now!”

Dylan smiled proudly beaming from ear to ear.  “I told you today was a making-everyone-better day”

At that moment a strange smell filled my nostrils and I looked down to where the smell was coming from.

“Erm, Dylan?  What on earth is that stinky sock doing in your doctors kit?”  I asked.

Dylan smiled and looked up at me quickly clicking shut his doctors bag.

“That is another story”  Dylan announced and jumped straight back into the book I was holding in my hand.

dylanSo that was a story I made up after reading Dylan The Doctor.

This picture book is just beautiful.  The words, the illustrations and the story as a whole.  Friendship and helping people are the moral of this story and a lovely lesson for every child to learn and grow up with along the way.  Being kind, loving and caring.

I also loved little Dotty the Bug who appears on pages to ask questions to really get you and your child talking and sharing thoughts and feelings about the book.

I would have loved to see Dylan’s smiling face smiling up at me from the page when I was a toddler.  A smile to brighten any ones day completely.

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!


You can buy a copy of Dylan The Doctor here

Or why not add it to Goodreads here

About Guy Parker-Rees GUY PARKER-REES

Guy Parker-Rees is one of the UK’s best-loved children’s illustrators. His many successes include GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE (Orchard) and SPOOKYRUMPUS (Orchard). Guy lives in Brighton.

You can find out more about Guy on his Website:

Or why not follow Guy on Twitter: @Guyguyyug

Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of the blog tour at the following stops!


Monday 15th August


Big Book Little Book

Tuesday 16th August

Powered by Reading

Orchard Book Club’s Mini Reviewers

Wednesday 17th August

The Pewter Wolf

Maia and a Little Moore

Thursday 18th August

Linda’s Book Bag

Fiction Fascination

Friday 19th August

Emma’s Bookery

Winged Reviews

Saturday 20th August

Tales of Yesterday

Get Kids into Books

Sunday 21st August

Library Girl and Book Boy

Acorn Books





Have you read Dylan The Doctor?  What did you think?  Has this review made you want to go grab a copy?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!



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I am often known to be a bit clumsy and a little loopy! Book loving (obsessed), theatre loving, slasher film loving csi geek! Winner of UKYABA Champion Newcomer 2015 and nominated for Champion of Social Media 2016 and Blogger Of The Year 2016! © 2014 - 2021 Michelle Toy All Rights Reserved

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