Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review for Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo's Meteorite Mission

  • Series: Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo Books
  • Hardcover: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Mascot Books (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620865548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620865545

Practicing surgeon Oneeka Williams, M.D. presents Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo's Meteorite Mission, a Common Core-aligned children's picturebook that pairs fun science facts with a fanciful story about an African-American girl who knows "Not Even the Sky is the Limit!" Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo has had an extra-special power since she was born; she loves to heal people, animals, or things that need help, with the aid of medical tools such as "Marky Medicine Bag", "Sydnee Syringe", and "Ana Anesthetic". When Matty Meteorite falls from the sky, injuring people and animals, Dr. Dee Dee is there to disinfect and sew up all their cuts - then, she even helps put poor Matty back together again! Written to help share a love of science and medicine in young people everywhere.


Dr. Williams’ professional journey includes an undergraduate degree in Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University, graduate degrees in public health and medicine at Harvard Medical School, and surgical training at leading academic medical centers including Massachusetts General Hospital and The Lahey Clinic.

Through her volunteer work in the community and as a teacher and mentor, Dr. Williams is committed to inspiring all all children, and especially girls, towards a greater interest in science, a positive attitude, and the pursuit of excellence in all their endeavors.  

Dr. Williams Is A Children's Book Author–To further her advocacy of literacy and science education, she is authoring a series of children’s books.  Her first children's book was Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo's Mission to Pluto and her second children’s book Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo's Meteorite Mission were both published in 2013. 

Dr. Williams is a practicing surgeon at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston and is an assistant clinical professor of urology at Tufts University School of Medicine. She lives just outside Boston with her husband, Dr. Charles Leon Anderson, Jr., a neonatalist, hospital management specialist and corporate executive and their son, Mark.  

Her books, which can be viewed at are available both as hardcover prints books and for the Kindle at 

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Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo's Meteorite Mission is a fantastical 42 page picture book combining science with learning. Children will learn, not only a little bit about what a surgeon does, but about meteors, asteroids, and more. This story is based upon a real meteorite collision that happened in 2013 in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The author did a wonderful job explaining more about what an asteroid is and mentions a few places around the world other impacts have occurred, though there are more that is not mentioned. The author uses alliterations to help children remember items a surgeon needs to help heal people and things. Children will also find interesting the steps a surgeon uses to repair something.

A few quibbles is at times the overuse of alliterations clogs up the story, and the slight bickering or tone between certain characters is not needed. Otherwise, children will appreciate all the great information the story provides about a real topic spun in an imaginative fantasy way about a girl who can heal anything. The author also adds a glossary and a learning words page of challenging words in the back that are in the story. Parents will enjoy the comprehensive questions to test their child's knowledge of the story.

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