Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Book Review - Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzberg

Barney Saltzberg has written many children's books, including Beautiful Oops!, Peekaboo Kisses, and Good Egg. I read a few of his books to my daughter when she was very young - she and I both loved them. I knew he was a good writer and illustrator. What I didn't know is that he is also an accomplished singer-songwriter. Who would have guessed that?

Poor Arlo, once a bouncy, ball-catching shaggy dog, can no longer see the ball anymore. What does he need? Glasses! Suddenly he is transported from the world of bad vision to one of best ball-catcher around.

Arlo Needs Glasses (Workman Publishing) is Mr. Saltzberg's newest book. Written for children ages three and up, this story rocks. The book is packed with hands-on, exciting "stuff" as well as colorful and well-done illustrations. The storyline itself, which Mr. Saltzberg says was inspired by his own pooch, keeps the reader (and listener!) wondering just why Arlo needs to see so well anyway - and really, why does he want to? The answer is revealed on the very last page and, as a librarian and a writer myself, makes me really smile.

Kids everywhere are wearing glasses these days. Not every child is thrilled to get them, but with Arlo as inspiration, these kids just might come to believe the truth: Glasses can really be cool! That makes me doubly smile.

I have a three-year-old grandnephew who is going to adore this charming tale and I can't wait to surprise him with it.

If you're interested in entering the Pinterest Photo Contest: My Dog Needs Glasses!, do so before July 31. You could win an autographed copy of Arlo Needs Glasses.

*I received a copy of Arlo Needs Glasses in exchange for my honest opinion.*

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