Calling Dr. Zaza

Mylo Freeman (Author)
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"A fun and visually inviting book that encourages children to consider one more 'when I grow up' possibility" - Kirkus Reviews

"Love Zaza. Looking forward to seeing more of her in the future." - Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal

Nominated for a Cybil Literary Award in 2018!

Zaza's animal friends aren't feeling well today. What do they need? A visit from Dr. Zaza!

A perfect story to read on a sick day, or any day! For toddlers ages 24 months and up, with a focus on the child's skills.

Zaza is now a bestselling series and has 5 different titles that emphasizes a child's skills, daily life and the world around them, for ages 24 months and up. Other titles is in the series include: Celebrate with Zaza, New Friends for Zaza, Sweet Dreams Zaza and Dinnertime with Zaza. From Dutch-American author and illustrator Mylo Freeman, who lives in Amsterdam with her husband and three children

Product Details

$14.95  $13.75
Publish Date
May 01, 2018
8.3 X 0.4 X 8.7 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Mylo Freeman was born in The Hague, Holland from Dutch/American parents. She attended artschool for about five years (painting) and after that she moved to New York. Lived and worked there for a couple of years and was part of a group exhibition at The Drawing Center Gallery in New York. But eventually homesickness brought her back to Amsterdam.
Around this time she started her musical career, which resulted in a CD. However, the stage did not prove to be artistically satisfying, so she returned to the visual Arts. This time Mylo started working for magazines and commercial advertising.
After the birth of her son David (1994) she started to make drawings for children and he became the big inspiration for all the books to come. First published book was Potty! in 1997. It in turn inspired David to give up his diapers and use the potty! This book also won her the Kiekebookprize in 1998, a prize given out by Dutch national libraries for best toddler book of the year.
At the moment Mylo lives in Amsterdam with her husband and three children.


"Make room, Doc McStuffins! Another young brown-skinned physician has arrived to attend to every ailment. Dr. Zaza, who wears a pink-and-white-checked dress and an apron with a red cross on it, looks out at readers from the cover as she checks the heartbeat of a brightly colored, variegated-patterned stuffed rabbit--one of the many stuffed patients she takes care of throughout the book. Dr. Zaza checks Rosie the koala bear's earache, Bobby the rabbit's heartbeat, George the giraffe's sore throat, Pinkie the bunny's temperature, and Mo the snake's scratch. When Mo requires a bandage, so does everyone else. And Dr. Zaza delivers. The protagonist's deep brown skin and afro-puff hairdo offer a mirror for many readers of color and a window for others while also emphasizing that imaginative play around STEM professions should be the purview of children from every background. And even though Dr. Zaza cares only for stuffed animals thus far, her competence and willingness to help both suggest that medicine will likely be a good fit for her. The deeply-saturated, single-color backgrounds establish a warm and inviting mood for Dr. Zaza's work, who seems more than content to help. Companion title Celebrate with Zaza finds Zaza in a more traditionally feminine role, coordinating Rosie's birthday party. A fun and visually inviting book that encourages children to consider one more "when I grow up" possibility." - Kirkus Reviews

"Today a doctor friend texted me. He needed books to read aloud to his daughter's class, and he wanted them to be about a doctor. The sole reason I didn't recommend Zaza here is that the class was of 2nd graders and this board book would strike them as too young. Otherwise, it would have been the first recommendation out of my mouth. Love the story. Love Zaza. Looking forward to seeing more of her in the future. Here's a small smattering of some of the true beauties I've run across this year. There are two Zaza books out this year (the other is called Celebrate with Zaza), and they're both great." - Elizabeth Bird, Fuse Eight,

"A perfect story to read on a sick day, or any day!" - Black Children's Books and Authors