Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:
Title: Douglas, You Need Glasses!
Author and Illustrator: Ged Adamson
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2016
Suitable for ages: 3-7
Theme/Topic: Glasses, Being Unaware, Humor
Opening Spread: Nancy and Douglas were chasing squirrels.
Brief Synopsis: (from Amazon) Meet Douglas, a dog with a big problem: he needs eyeglasses but doesn’t know it, and his bad eyesight tends to land him in some pretty hairy situations.
Readers will laugh along with the new picture book character Douglas as he chases a leaf that he mistakes for a squirrel, walks through wet cement because he can’t see the warning sign, and annoys the neighbor’s dog by mistakenly eating out of his bowl. And when Douglas’s owner Nancy finally takes him to what is clearly an eyeglass store and Douglas asks, “Why are you taking me to a shoe store?” everyone will be giggling.
After an eye exam confirms that Douglas needs glasses, and Nancy helps him find the perfect pair, readers will rejoice with Douglas as he sees all the amazing things he’s been missing!
Both kids and parents will laugh out loud—and may even recognize themselves!—while reading this utterly irresistible, hilarious picture book.
Resources: Articles on children wearing glasses. Encouraging your child to wear glasses.
Why I Like This Book: Douglas was a random find at the library. We spend much of May and June reading picture books about children with glasses after Enzo began wearing his own. It’s fun to laugh along as Douglas makes his discovery of how glasses can make a difference.
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Sue Heavenrich says
this looks like a fun way to broach the topic of kids needing glasses. And just plain fun to read.
Cathy Ballou Mealey says
The blurry cover text is a perfect touch….wonder who had that brilliant idea!
Patricia Tilton says
An important book for children who are about to get glasses. They have such cool glasses now.
Beth Anderson says
This sounds really fun! And a great way for kids to get comfortable with their need for glasses.
Leslie Goodman says
Gosh, if the dog will put up with needing glasses, kids can’t complain too loudly. When my daughter was in second grade, three of her friends needed glasses. Instead of being glad she didn’t need them, my daughter began complaining of blurry vision, hoping to score a pair of glasses, too. Fortunately for my wallet, the eye doctor sensed she was having glasses envy and worked hard to prove my daughter had perfect vision. This book sounds like a funny and fun approach to needing glasses.
Lynne Marie Pisano says
I just read this book too, and really enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing, Stacy!
Jilanne Hoffmann says
Don’t you just love it when you stumble onto a book at the library! This sounds hilarious! I’ve got to find it. My son would get a kick out of it, too. Thanks!
Vivian Kirkfield says
Yup…sure wish I had this book when I was little and the other kids called me ‘four eyes’…there wasn’t much in books at that time showing kids with glasses. 😉 Great choice, Stacy!