Book review: Zeki Gets a Check Up by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Ruth Hearson.

Publishers Alanna Max recent publication, Zeki Gets a Check Up was an instant hit with both my little ladies and this is the first book I have shared on the blog from Alanna Max.

Alanna Max, formerly known as Alanna Books, are publishers that aim to produce books representing everybody, inclusive of all but at the core producing great stories for young readers. Their series of Lulu books have proved very popular and have won many awards. My girls are yet to meet Lulu but they have now met her little brother Zeki who is absolutely adorable.


Written by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Ruth Hearson this is a book that will familiarise young readers with what to expect during a visit at the doctors.


This is not the first picture book all about Zeki and since those books he has matured and is able to do a great more many things. The book shares how independent he is becoming and explores all the things he now loves. His loves are not too dissimilar to what my youngest enjoys and sharing the book with her I could see how relatable young Zeki was to her.

Baby reading about Zeki

 Zeki’s supportive parents ensure that he is well prepared for his doctors appointment and get Zeki excited about his visit. Zeki packs his blanket and his well loved Mister Seahorse and they are good to go.


The book shares what happens during Zeki’s check up. It clearly shows you what apparatus the doctor uses to check different things and these pages are sure to be remembered to a  young reader when they are having their developmental checks or dare I say it, immunisations.

The sweet illustrations are so appealing and ooze cuteness. Zeki is a beautiful brown skinned boy representing an underrepresented minority in UK children’s picture books. Zeki’s doctor is female and it is Zeki’s Daddy who takes Zeki for his check up. This read is not shy from embracing the realities of today rather then conforming to what has previously been done.

I think this book is brilliant and we are all pleased to have been introduced to Zeki. It is a book that explores new experiences in a very inviting and simple way, embracing the diverse world in which we live in.

You can purchase a copy of Zeki Gets a Check Up from Amazon.


Disclaimer:  I was kindly sent this book from the publishers. All words and opinions are entirely my own.

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