Expected publication: May 17th 2016 by Schwartz & Wade
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
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.
Exactly. Because that's what Douglas, You Need Glasses! has absolutely turned out to be. It's a funny, light-hearted tale about a good-natured dog named Douglas, who is finding life a little difficult because he's nearsighted. Though he tries to cope with his nearsightedness, his owner soon helps him see that a change can make things a whole lot clearer - pun intended.
What's great about Douglas, You Need Glasses! is author Ged Adamson's direct and humorous approach to getting glasses - an occasionally scary idea for young readers.
(I know I certainly ran away when I was told I needed glasses... and I was not a youngster. *embarrassed smile*)
He presents a humorous and age-apprpropriate look at how much young Douglas struggles without glasses, and how his world is immediately changed when he does get glasses and puts them on. It's a positive and reassuring message that is sure to strike a chord with all readers.
Adamson's vibrant, colorful illustrations also helps to emphasize the overall positivity of each scene. He uses line drawings and watercolors that help emphasize Douglas's journey, and they help thoroughly tie the story together in the end.
Bottom line: A fantastic picture book that is a great read for everyone, but especially for younger readers who may be nervous at the idea of getting glasses.
About the author:
Ged Adamson has had poor eyesight since he was young. He still remembers the moment he realized he needed glasses: on a trip to the countryside, his dad said, “Look at all the rabbits on that hillside.” Ged said, “Wow,” but actually he couldn’t see a single rabbit. Ged has worked as a cartoonist, storyboard artist, and music composer. It was always his ambition to write and illustrate picture books. He lives in Greenwich, London, with his family. Learn more at gedadamson.com.