Specs for Rex
Rex does NOT want to wear his new glasses to school. He tries his very best to hide them -- in the strangest places! But it's very tricky when they are so BIG and ROUND and RED.
It's funny how things turn out, though, because Rex's specs end up winning him a gold star -- AND a new friend! Even better, he can SEE properly!
A riotous ...more
Lots of positive messages here - familiar situations, wit ...more
Illustrations: 4 stars
A little lion feels uncomfortable wearing his new glasses, so he tries various ways to hide them. The story is predictable, but I think many children will relate to Rex's dilemma. As someone who started wearing glasses when I was six years old, I had the same feelings as Rex and reacted in the same ways, at least at first. The art style is bold and child-like. A few of the spreads are so busy and colorful that it is hard to find the focal point in those illust ...more
Evaluation: This book is very realistic. A lot of children feel embarrassed when they get new glasses or braces or anything that changes their "normal"look. Therefore, I really like this book because it is very relatable.
genre: realistic fiction
themes: embarrassment, school
My favorite part of this book was how they took a problem a child may relate to and show them how to solve it or rather embrace what makes them different.
I would use this book to show kids that we all have things that make us different and that there is no reason to embarrassed about it.
Maybe I'm just reading too much into because of my own past with wanting glasses, getting glasses, and then not wanting glasses.
This book marvelously captures the emotions and behaviors of a child in a preschool classroom. As a writer I typically pay more attention to the words in a picture book, but this one had me paging back through multiples times just to delight in the images. Between this and "One Word from Sophia," Yasmeen Ismail is quickly ...more
Paint goes on in loose gestural lines with lots of gloppy texture. Exuberant colors boomerang around the page, the green of an overturned fern echoed in a toppled chair. Transparent watercolors allow for depth and imply movement - we can see into drawers and through objects, as though the f ...more
Change can make kids self-conscious; a new haircut, ...more
Cute little story about a lion named Rex who doesn't like his new glasses, and the silly things he does to avoid wearing them. The real gold star goes to Yasmeen Ismail's incredibly lively and vibrant artwork, which make this book an absolute pleasure to read.
A cute story that might be helpful in convincing our young near- and far-sighted friends to wear their glasses. The illustration style reminds me a little of Chris Raschka.
After moving to London and running a successful animation production company and having worked in v ...more