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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,698 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Wendy isn't as blind as a bat--there are bats that can see better than she can. Which is why, when her new glasses break, she's all too happy to wear the dorky pair of sunglasses she finds on the lawn. They seem to match her prescription, and that's all that matters if she's going to be able to make it through her school day.

But the glasses correct her vision too much. She
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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When Wendy's own glasses get broken, she finds a pair of sunglasses on her front lawn -- sunglasses which amazingly match her own prescription. She hates wearing glasses, period, but desperation leads her to keep using the sunglasses. And what they reveal is ... different. Very different from what the normal eye can see. Her new vision leads Wendy into a wild adventure, with lasting results as to how she sees some people.
This is probably more of a 3-star book than a 4-star one, but it has a sen
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Wendy is practically blind without her glasses, so when her normal pair breaks she gratefully turns to a pair she randomly finds by the side of the road. Weirdly, the glasses are exactly her prescription--and even stranger, she sees ghosts, fairies, and even magical portals through them. After running through one of these portals, she accidentally finds herself embroiled in a quest to save an elvin prince, assisted by a lecherous spreenie, a rambunctious dog, her time-travelling grandmother, and ...more
Lexi teague
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
bravery because she keeps the glasses alto the make her see thing other people cant see such as portals it other dimension
Any book that begins with a Prologue one sentence long is going to be good. Or maybe its just any book with an author whose name is Vivian Vande Velde. At any rate, the cover alone would have sucked me in.
All those things added to the magic of this book, but it was also just generally good. Its fantasy with with a touch of time travel. It could have been longer but perhaps is better for being so short and simple. I'd LOVE a sequel but even where it ends is satisfying.
Wendy, the main character,
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books that you pick up and read till you finish it :D
It was an amazing book. When I first saw the book I had my doubts because of the back summary and the creepy cover, but once I started reading it I was sucked into the plot. I loved how Vivian made the whole story play out.

Like the saying goes, "Don't judge a book by its cover".
And I can relate with the main character , Wendy - because I also have glasses.
Hui Lin
Feb 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 09th
This book is about a girl name Wendy. At the beginning of the book Wendy found a sunglasses in the front lawn of her house. This sunglasses wasn't any regular sunglasses. It fixed Wendy's persiscription exactly. Then Wendy's regular glasses had broken on the school bus. So then she must wear the sunglasses to let her see. But on her way to school, there was this car accident that blocked the school bus. And weird things started to happen. Wendy saw DEAD people! First, it was that woman who just ...more
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Velde's books in general please me, but this particular book I felt connected to Wendy moreso then any other. My own grandmother's gradual slide into Alzheimer's began when I was about 13 and I clearly remember the feelings of confusion and frustration. Intellectually I knew it wasn't her fault she couldn't remember our favorite games or stories anymore, but emotionally it became harder and harder to watch her slip from this reality. By the time she passed away ten ye ...more
Jamie Brooks
May 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
I have read a couple of Velde's books before. They are young adult fantasy mostly and though they aren't complicated and challenging like Tolstoy, but they are satisfying and never fail to bring a smile to my face. I have been so bogged down with school that I haven't had any time to actually FINISH a book, but because this book was so easy I was able to finish it in about 2 hours. This book was interesting and adorable. I love books that contain an idea of a world beyond a world and that is one ...more
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Found this while I was substitute teaching as the school librarian. I'd just seen a TV movie with the same title, so I was a little curious. Not at all the same thing, but I was pleasantly surprised. She has a very conversational style of writing, good plot progression and a pretty good sense of humor. There was a little bickering and characters mocking people for not knowing things they couldn't possibly have known, which was pretty annoying, but perhaps believable for the age group. ...more
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Crunch. Wendy’s glasses bite the dust and now Wendy is blind as a bat -- until she tries on the mirror sunglasses she found in the yard. Whoa! Is that Tiffanie, the most popular girl in school? She looks like an old witch. And Julian? Wendy thought he was geeky looking but now he’s hot. But wait, who is that little blue guy with wings?
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, juvenile
I was obsessed with Vivan Vande Velde's books when I was a kid, so when I stumbled across an unfamiliar title in my local used bookstore, I had to buy it. No wonder I liked her novels - most feature goofy plots, crotchety girl protagonists, and funny supernatural sidekicks. This book was no exception. ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[Written: June 2005] |[Edited: September 09, 2019]

If anything, "Now you see it . . ." is a good-time adventure focused on a girl named Wendy, who doesn't have the best life in the world. Her grandmother suffers from the mental disorder Alzheimer, while she visits every day in hopes that maybe she will remember her, Wendy's life with her family isn't all that it's cracked up to be either.

She has a sister she barely communicates with, and a mother who doesn't seem to notice her troubles (though I
Chanelle Savich
Wendy finds a pair of sunglasses in her front yard that help her see better--but maybe they let her see a little TOO well.

Wendy’s been seeing things she shouldn’t see. Like a dead woman walking away from the scene of her death after being hit by a car. Or a man (walking around, mind you) whose shirt is all bloody and his head is half-caved in.

And even worse, when she can see the dead people, they know it. They approach her; they talk to her. Wendy doesn’t WANT to talk to dead people.

When she g
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Not a terrible story, but I've been rather unsure about whom this book's target audience is for? Is it middle grade, or young adult? It seems like a book for middle grade readers at first glance and often appears that way, but then has some light discussions that would otherwise appear in a young adult novel... also, it has sentences like this:

...and my chest hit the ground so hard I was sure my boobs - such as they are - must now be sticking out of my back.

I think we are out of the middle grade
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I remember being skeptical about this when I picked it up, since the classmate who recommended it to me had questionable taste in books, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's not absolutely top notch as far as writing and characters go, but it certainly surpasses much YA fiction by a large margin. The world, as far as I know, is completely unique, including inter-dimensional portals, time travel, and a pervy smurf guy (who is a bit silly, I'll admit). And it plays into the whole fairy glamour thi ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Now You See It... starts with a very interesting premise. Wendy, who has worn glasses most of her life and is nearly blind without them, accidentally breaks hers while trying to impress a boy. She finds a pair of sunglasses that fix her eyes but also allow her to see dead people. I was intrigued until Wendy starts seeing pointy earred elves and tiny blue men. At that point, I lost interest. Wendy has a wonderful, sarcastic voice in the book, but it wasn't enough to make me want to complete this ...more
Lala ★ Luna
A solid 3 stars.~ I always feel like Vivian Vande Velde’s are a bit short and open-ended, but it was great to read from an author I loved as a child and indulge in nostalgia a bit.

The plot is simple and packed with adventure and energy, it’s a great quick read to pick up on busy work days, although I do wish there was so more world building and character development. That’s my only gripe with Velde’s books, they’re so short that it’s a bit hard to get really invested in the actual story.

If you’
Holli Keel
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm a fan of Vivian Vande Velde, so when I saw this one on the 10 cent table at the library, I grabbed it. It's a quick read, and it has its interesting moments, but I expected more. If you have a middle grade reader who enjoys magic and elves and such, they might just enjoy it. But it was not for me. ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this book based on how much I have enjoyed several of this author’s books in the past. Sadly, I was not as impressed with this one. Parts of the book were entertaining and I did like the ending but overall. I had a difficult time catching the plot and feeling connected to the characters. Wendy’s continual self deprecation got old, even though her experience caused a change of attitude.
Galion Public Library Teens
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Review by T.H.: "It was a book about a girl who found a pair of glasses that let her see another magical world that she didn't know existed, though I really think there should be a second book cuz this book was great! :)" ...more
Blind as a bat without her glasses, Wendy picks up sunglasses from her front lawn which fit her prescription and allow her to see ghosts, faeries and witches.

Read for a ‘V’ author in my A- Z challenge, borrowed from my local library,
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Still just as good as when I first read it in middle school.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although not what I expected it turned into a real gem. It's a fast read and quite funny. ...more
Lisa Kizer
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Wanted to read this because the cover and blurb was interesting. There were times that the story got too windy (or Wendy, bad pun don't hurt me) but overall it really was an original story. ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that I could relate to a lot. For one, the way Wendy was a little uncomfortable wearing the glasses and two for letting things go and forgiving people as they were, for forgiving herself for not being someone she wanted to be, for forgiving life and the events that caused her pain- all of which I have experienced before. I loved the way everyone worked together to free Julian and the dragon despite the challenges they had to face. I also liked how Wendy saw small, imaginary people ...more
C.J. Sarcasm & Lemons
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This is just something I picked up randomly at Borders long ago. It's been years since I've read it, but it's really stuck with me. It's just fun. No angsty werewolves. No epic sword-and-sorcery battles. Just a gawky teen girl who finds herself in a perplexing situation with bizarre creatures and a cute boy. The glasses thing is such a clever way to give Wendy her "second sight." What awkward bespectacled high schooler wouldn't wish her glasses
Tranna Foley
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hickman
From library record - With Wendy's new glasses, she begins to see cheerful corpses, old crones disguised as teeny-boppers, and portals to another world--a place where everyone knows of the glasses' powers and will do anything they can to get them.

I usually really enjoy this author's books, and this one has a clever premise, but it just turned in to an okay fantasy book. I never really cared about any of the characters, except for maybe the grandmother. I think there could have been so much more
Mack Aroney
(I'm not going to bother writing a summary because I'm sure there are plenty of them on this page.)

This book earned three stars out of five. I'll start with the things I didn't like, then I'll end on a good note and talk about the things I did like.

It lost one star because the writing style was a little awkward at times. It just wasn't all that smooth. Some of the things Velde did that were supposed to be cute came off as rather annoying and awkward.

The other star was lost because, well, it just
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book ‘Now You See it’ by Vivian Vande Velde is a book filled with fantasy following the epic story of a young girl and her glasses. When Wendy is first introduced she hates her glasses, but what she doesn’t know is that having them might bring her the most amazing adventure. After finding a pair of sunglasses in her lawn that ‘surprisingly’ fit her prescription, she realizes she is able to see things she usually wouldn’t. Dead people show up out of the corner of her eye, small blue guys pran ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Start out with a girl named Wendy. Wendy's vision is terrible, and when her glasses get stomped on as she's going to school she shifts to a pair of sunglasses she found in her yard.

Sunglasses that allow her to see a woman killed in an auto accident get up from her physical body, walk over and say hi. Sunglasses that cause a beautiful girl in class to look like a hundred-year-old crone, and a guy to look like an elf.

To complicate things even more Wendy has a stepsister who she doesn't exactly get
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Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, currently residing in Rochester, New York) is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adults.

Her novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy, but are primarily humorous. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that she really likes to write for

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