Today I thought I’d tell you a little bit about this brilliant new book, “Douglas, You Need Glasses!” written and illustrated by Ged Adamson and published by Random House. I have already included the book in our Top 10 Picture Books of 2016 (so far) but we enjoyed it so much, it really does deserve its own write up.
I am a spectacle wearer and I am married to a bespectacled fella so it is probably inevitable that at least one, if not all, the Mini Reviewers will need glasses in the future so I am always on the lookout for appropriate books.
By chance I came across “Douglas, You Need Glasses!”, the story of a nearsighted dog, who struggles through life due to his poor eyesight. Douglas gets in the way of things, misses important signs and even ends up at the wrong house for dinner. Then one day, when a game of fetch ends in disaster, Douglas’ friend Nancy, decides that enough is enough and takes him to get his eyes tested. Of course Douglas needs glasses and, once he is wearing the perfect pair, he quickly realises just how amazing everything looks!
Coincidentally, the book dropped through our letterbox on a day when we had been to the opticians. We opened up the package and had to read the story straight away. The Mini Reviewers were incredibly enthusiastic and we all found it to be a fabulously funny story. The main characters are so very expressive and their friendship is made clear through Ged's witty yet heartwarming artwork. It is a brilliant read for both children and grown ups, and it is especially perfect for those of us fortunate enough to wear specs!
We were also sent some glasses and an eye chart with the book and we couldn’t resist setting up our own opticians. By the end of the day most of the dolls and soft toys had seen "Optician Izzie". She was most definitely in charge!
If you would like to learn more about Douglas, there's a great interview with Jed Adamson here:
It started with a #doodle: see how Douglas came about in my interview with @spiky_penelope https://t.co/7GzwS8MOL6 pic.twitter.com/Z9XTMzmNAJ— Ged Adamson (@ged_adamson) August 16, 2016
Books can be great at helping children adjust to or deal with new situations. Do you have any special recommendations for us?
Disclaimer: We won our copy of this book through a social media competition. All opinions are, as always, my own.