Comedic book about orthodontics is filled with biting humor

Statewide Iowa —  A married couple from Marion has created an illustrated book that’s a unique and humorous look at the branch of dentistry which is focused on the straightening of teeth.

Priscilla Steele and Craig Campbell are the co-authors of “A History of Orthodontics Through Time and Space.” Steele says the idea for the book was sparked by an art project they were hired to produce for a local dentist.

The audience for the book is as wide as the Cheshire Cat’s smile, and she says anyone who revels in whimsy and the absurd will gobble it up.

The stories carry the reader from ancient Egypt to outer space and all points between, while the colorful illustrations include the classic portrait of the aforementioned first American president flanked by colonial soldiers who are pulling on his teeth with cables.

One reviewer calls the 64-page book “a surreal way to look at the world…a joyful mixture of fact and fiction.” It’s available through multiple sites including Amazon, Barnes and Noble and the publisher, Ice Cube Press, based in North Liberty.

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