Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Arlo Needs Glasses

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Review - Arlo Needs Glasses

About the Book 
One out of five school-age children need eyeglasses, and one beloved children's author shows them just how lucky they are.

Going from two eyes to four isn't a bummer, says Barney Saltzberg, the creative force behind nearly 40 popular children's books. In fact, it's a rich adventure.

Just ask Arlo, a shaggy, free-spirited dog who loves to play catch ­ until one day, he can¹t see the ball anymore. He needs glasses!

Arlo Needs Glasses (Workman, July, 1, 2012) is the latest book from Saltzberg, the bespectacled bestselling author of Beautiful Oops!, Peekaboo Kisses, and Good Egg.

Arlo Needs Glasses is inspired by Barney's own four-legged-friend. Just like his character, the real-life Arlo is not very good at playing catch either ­ although he loves to play.

"He just couldn't get the ball to land in his mouth," he says. "We tried over and over and I honestly had never seen anything like it." Thus, the idea for Arlo Needs Glasses was born.

Arlo Needs Glasses is an inventive, interactive picture book that helps kids see the fun in wearing glasses. Every child in glasses will know just how Arlo feels, and will feel better because of it. Saltzberg helps them see why glasses are cool ‹ they enable us to do the things we want to do.

Saltzberg charms young readers (and their parents!) with a perfect light touch and joyful spirit, and kids get to do just what Arlo does to solve his problem: they read an eye chart, look through a fold-out phoropter (that big machine optometrists use), and try on different pairs of glasses ‹ movie star glasses, superhero glasses, mad scientist glasses.

They interact with Arlo as he rediscovers how to be the best ball-catcher in the neighborhood and picks up a new favorite pastime along the way: reading!

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What has four eyes and four legs? Your dog in glasses! Share funny photo of your dog wearing glasses for a chance to win a signed copy of Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzberg. Be silly, but promise to not put your pup through too much embarrassment.

Enter between June 25 ‹ July 31 by posting your photo on your Pinterest board with the hashtag #ArloNeedsGlasses. Then follow Workman's board: Workman will the photos to the "My Dog Needs Glasses!" board:

About the Author
Barney Saltzberg ( is the author-illustrator of Beautiful Oops!, the successful Kisses series, Peekaboo, Crazy Hair Day, and Good Egg, as well as many other beloved children's books. He has received multiple awards for his work, including the Parents Choice Gold Award, an iParenting Media Award, a Virginia Young Readers Medal, and an Oppenheim Award. Also a singer-songwriter, he has written tunes for the PBS show "Arthur" and continues to perform music for children. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two dogs.

My Take on the Book
This was a fun book that really brought out a great message about wearing glasses and dealing with the change and what people will say when you have to start wearing them. My daughters loved the story but even more they loved the pop up nature of the book. My youngest could not get enough of the book and kept asking us to read this over and over again. The book was engaging and interactive and allows the child to truly take control of the story. I highly recommend this for any child that may be getting glasses, but also for any child that may interact with other children that might be getting glasses (thus everyone).

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