Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Children's Book Review: Arlo Needs Glasses

Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzberg
is the most ingenious kids’ book I have seen in a long time!
Super cute, it has interactive pages.  And not only do I love it, my kids adore it!  They are now 2 ½, just shy of 6 and 8 years old.  They were squashed on the couch with me, little hands dipping and diving and smacking at each other to try out what was going on, on each page.  And there’s a lot going on! 
The story is about a boy whose dog suddenly has a hard time playing his favorite game: catch.  After several experiments (and trying to show Arlo how to do it), he decides Arlo must need glasses.  He takes him for a check-up.  Arlo goes through all the eye tests, he tries on glasses, selects a pair and finally, he can see again!  Going through this story, you will use tabs that when pulled, cause some pretty neat sliding/special effects to go on.  There are Velcro pieces, pop-up pieces, and glasses that can be tried on a cardboard Arlo.  And these are not flimsy pieces, but very nice sturdy, cardboard glasses with a gloss coating.  I was impressed.  And maybe making little shrieking with glee noises the first time I read it.  I had to hide it from my 2 year old so she didn’t destroy it.  She’s a little rougher than I am.  So maybe not for kids under 3, but generally (I know, not always) but generally, kids under the age of 3 are not getting glasses anyway.  None of my kids need glasses (yet), but they were still intrigued with the story.  My 8 year old has had eye problems in the past though, and has been to an eye doctor, so it was interesting to see him answering his younger brother’s questions when my middle son wanted to know what was going on at the eye doctor’s in the story.
This book has me looking at the author’s other works.  I’m adding them to my kids’ wish lists on Amazon.....

Great read!  Great for all ages, whether they’ve been to the eye doctor’s or not as it’s not just about that, but about reading, a boy and his dog and  problem solving. 
5 stars.  

Disclosure: This book was sent to me, unsolicited, for review, for free.   


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  1. I'll have to check this out. Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. No problem Stacy! :) Thanks for reading and let me know how you like it!

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