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Rosie's Glasses

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  77 reviews
In this wordless picture book, Rosie wakes up in a monochrome world, with a dark cloud over her head. As she plods through her miserable, gray day, the cloud follows. Mishaps and mayhem thwart her every move, irritating noises assault her --- and the pouring rain makes everything worse. But then, on her way home from school, Rosie finds a pair of strange glasses. When she ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Kids Can Press
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Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
How much greener the grass is, with this rose-tinted glasses.

This is a wonderful, wordless book that says so much.

I think I've known sadness since very young. From the age of four I've lost people close to me, and it affected me so much. I could never understand why other children always seemed so happy.

Rosie is a depressed and sad little girl. She cannot control the state of her room. and her parents seem disconnected. Her parents are burnt out and ignore her - something many children in the m
Rosie's Glasses is a charming little wordless picture book. The illustrations are very clever -- there's a lot going on in most of them, but it's always clear what the main point of the scene is meant to be, even without any written story or dialogue to direct the plot.

Rosie is having a bad day.

A spectacularly bad day.

When she stumbles across a pair of magic glasses, she's amazed at the difference in the way the world looks.

Those glasses seem to make the world a much happier place!

Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is one of the best books I’ve never read! Both wordless and speaking volumes at the same time Rosie’s Glasses is allegedly a children’s book but I think it’s profound enough for all ages to get something from it. I’d actually dare say that the older you are the more you may need this book.

I love the idea of ‘reading’ this book with a child, taking turns telling the stories that are happening within the pages. It’s never too early to learn about perspective and never too late to be gen
Much thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for this DRC!
What a wonderful way to learn about perception!
In a book without words everything conveyed would differ depending on your perception...
very very clever!
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

WOW. Just WOW. This was even better than I had hoped, and I already had high hopes based on the cover (which I absolutely adore).

This is a wordless picture book about a little girl and her monochrome world. How she feels quite unhappy. How everything seems to just suck. How everything seems to go on and on, how her days are endless rains and unhappiness. Until one day. When she finds a beautiful coloured butterfly and comes upon
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
No words, and yet you quickly get that this is not a good day, as Rosie wakes up with a cloud over her head and it all goes downhill from there.

But, then, she finds some rose colored glasses, and her view of the world changes. What was one gray,

Rosies glasses

is now bright and colorful. Birds sing, people smile, there are musicians.

Rosies glasses

Rosies glasses

But the good news is the world does not revert back, when she loses the glasses. It is still bright and sunny, when her dog and family join her in the park.

Kids should have fun
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
*I received an e-galley from Netgalley in return for an honest review.*
Wordless picture book about Rosie who lives in a world that is black and white. She is sad and just kind of goes through her day until she sees a colorful butterfly that leads her to a pair of glasses. The glasses let her see the world in color and she mood completely changes. But then she loses her glasses and she finds something else to bring her joy.
It is a little confusing at first what the story is about and I think kids
Okay, there's something to be said about a wordless book that still gives you "all the feels". Although I originally thought the book was about a color blind child and her first day trying on EnChroma glasses to help her see colors for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised to find this book was instead about Rosie, a young girl who is constantly overcome with anger and sadness... until she finds a pair of glasses that help her see the beauty in everyday things. This was such a stunning book ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nice wordless book, there is no word here, only illustrations, but it still bring a good and easy enough to understand message. A story about the way we see the world (possitive/negative) and how it's more or less just in our mind. The illustration are beautiful and the message is good and important. It's a good book !
Ann Santori
I love the idea of exploring depression in children with this magical realist idea that, once Rosie puts on her glasses ('rose-colored glasses' is the clear pun here) she is able to see the beauty in her everyday life and be pulled out of the (black-and-white illustrated) gloom into technicolor. I am, however, conflicted by the ending in which Rosie loses her glasses, but is still able to retain her positive outlook. The realities of depression are not as cut and dry and I'm uncomfortable with t ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cybils
Rosie is bored until she finds a pair of glasses. Suddenly the world is vibrant.

A beautifully illustrated story of learning to see the world through different...eyes.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
Rosie's Glasses
by Dave Whamond
Kids Can Press
Children's Fiction

I received this ebook in an exchange for an honest review. I thank Netgalley, the author and publisher.

Rosie wakes up in a bad mood. She is not happy for some reason.

Part of the book is done in black and white, giving it a grayish gloomy feeling. Rosie has a black cloud over her head.

Different things happen at school and Rosie is still unhappy.

ON the walk home Rosie sees a lovely colorful butterfly. She follows it and finds a pair of
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rosie wakes up to a dark little cloud over her head. In a colorless room filled with an alarm blaring the words ‘late,’ Rosie is clearly in for a bad day. Even her goldfish looks a little anxious. Pulling all of her clothes out of the drawers and eating a tasteless breakfast are just a few ominous signs that Rosie is feeling a bit down and depressed. Nothing is going right, and like Eeyore, she cannot kick the cloud. With hungry birds chirping, the world is closing in on our little protagonist—e ...more
Melissa Edwards
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think we have all had days that just seem blah and gray. This wordless picture book tells a story of someone who starts out having one of those days. But then something happens!!!!! Now things aren't gray and blah anymore. The world is full of possibilities, until it looks like things might turn gray again. Was the first change so powerful that the blahs can't come back?
This would be great to use in a classroom to explore cause and effect as well as problem and solution. It will also work for
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute wordless picture book about a little girl who only sees her world in black and white. Then she finds some glasses and suddenly her world is in vibrant color. I thought this book was going to be about getting glasses for the first time (because I remember how sharp and colorful my world became when I got glasses), but then she loses the glasses and her world stays colorful. The illustrations were done very well and there was a lot to see on each page.
Afoma Umesi
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Kids Can Press for this picture book! I’ve never done a wordless picture book before so this was quite a new experience. I think this book would be great for kids of all ages, especially because it is wordless.

Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This was a wordless book about changing your perspective on life. Everywhere Rosie looks, there is sadness, anger, disappointment. She finds a pair of glasses, and suddenly there is color in the world, joy, and goodness. Her whole perspective changes. In the end, she loses the glasses, but realized it is up to her to see the happiness in her life. Loved it, and so did my kids, who were able to see all of this without prompting from me.
Eleanor W
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Picked this one up at the library...because I DO JUDGE BOOKS BY ITS COVER *gasp!* and the cover is so so cute!

I didn't know it was wordless until I opened it today, which when you are trying to read with your kindergartner it defeats the purpose a bit. BUT we really enjoyed watching the gloomy day change when she found the glasses.
At one point I wondered if maybe the little gal was color blind and she found special type of glasses to help her see the world in color.

I thought this was darling,
Juliana Lee
Rosie wakes up in a bad mood. Everything is in black and white and nothing seems to go her way. But when she finds a pair of red glasses, everything turns around. She sees in color and is in a happy mood for the rest of the day. Rosie loses the glasses when she looks over the edge of a bridge to the water below, she starts to feel blue again but is cheered up by her dog and doesn't go black and white. Then you see a little boy in black and white who notices the magic glasses in the water below. ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rosie wakes up in a bad mood, and her world is colorless. Then she finds a pair of glasses and her world brightens up.

Beautiful wordless book.
Amy Emler
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book everyone should read. Everyone. In fact I want to buy it for everyone I know. It’s powerful, eloquent, fun.
Amanda Larsen
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received an e copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.*
This book is a wordless picture book about Rosie. Rosie lives in a black and white world. She seems sad and just goes about her days. She finds a pair of glasses and when she looks through them she sees the world in color, which completely changes her mood, and changes her view of the world around her. This is a very clever book and should open up lots of discussion with children regarding their perceptions in life
Jenn Swanson
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, library, quickie
This is an adorable book with no words. Despite this my daughter was able to follow the story. Illustrations were beautiful. Would recommend.
Amber Webb
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rosie's Glasses was a beautiful story of seeing the world differently. Rosie saw things through a different lens that allowed her to find joy. It was a wonderful story with exceptional illustrations.
Dani Winland
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: illiterate children, children with emotional issues
Recommended to Dani by: NetGalley & Kids Can Press
Thank you NetGalley and Kids Can Press for a review copy of ROSIE'S GLASSES in exchange of my honest opinion.

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Guest Reviewer Bio:
Hello everyone! I am Laurel. My family consists of my husband, Vinny, our 5 year old son, J, and our 3 year old daughter, A. We recently adopted a white labradoodle puppy, Truman.

Weekdays you will find me at my sweet little elementary school where I am the librarian and computer teacher. Rea
Debbie Smith
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rosie wakes up in a gray world with a cloud over her head in this wordless picture book. She gets ready for school (her room is a mess and she looks sad), eats breakfast (parents seem unhappy, too), walks to school (everyone, even the dog in the picture is sad), is bored with class (classmates look uninterested as well the teacher) and her life continues to have a dark cloud following her in the black, gray, and white illustrations as she heads home.

But when a bright yellow butterfly leads her
Andrea Doyon
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
As the mother of a mini-pessimist preschooler, I could feel Rosie's gloom as she notices the daily instances of half-empty glasses (no pun intended). Her life is grey and she moves through her day until she notices glasses in her path. A fun play on the "Rose-Colored Glasses" theme, her little life is changed as she sees things in a much more colorific light. This wordless book means it is accessible to kids of all ages. It would be perfect for a preschool classroom, as well as a discussion with ...more
Becky B
Rosie wakes up under a black cloud. Everything and everyone around her seems dull or sad. School appears to be an ominous and dreary place. Even the park seems bleak until a butterfly leads her to a pair of glasses. Suddenly, she sees everything in color. Everything is looking better and more cheerful, and eventually she gets to the place where maybe she doesn’t need the glasses to see in color.

This is a wordless book and therefore open to a lot of interpretation. I can’t tell if the author is t
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This wordless picture book ignites a thousand+ words. Rosie's day begins with a cloud of doom over her head and it escalates as her day progresses. She is unable to find the proper clothes for school, her little brother annoys her at the breakfast table, a fast moving car splashes a tidal wave of water all over her as she heads off to school and it starts to rain big time. Oh my!! These misfortunes blacken her mood even more.

The school day finally ends and on her way home she makes an amazing d
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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Have you ever had one of those days when everything seemed to go wrong and you were just blah? Well that's how Rosie's day started off. From the minute she wakes up all throughout the school day Rosie just has a black cloud over her head. As she is walking home from school she finds an unusual pair of glasses and when she puts them on the whole world brightens. The rest of her day is sunny and the next day is fantastic! That is until she accidentally drops the glasses in the river. C
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