Thursday, November 01, 2012

Children’s Book Review and Giveaway: Glamorous Glasses, by Barbara Johansen Newman

One of my eight-year-old twins may soon be needing glasses -- and he’s not very excited about it -- so the opportunity to review the children’s picture book, Glamorous Glasses, by Barbara Johansen Newman, was very timely! This story is told by a little girl named Bobbie who has always thought it would be fun to wear glasses. So, she’s a teensy bit jealous when her best cousin, Joanie, needs glasses. Joanie, on the other hand, doesn’t want to wear glasses at all! Nevertheless, their moms take them to the frame store, and Joanie picks out a beautiful pair of blue glasses with specks of gold.

In an attempt to “need” glasses, Bobbie fakes poor eyesight by pretending she can’t see the blackboard, missing a ball in gym, and tripping over a classmate. But a visit to the eye doctor reveals that Bobbie’s vision is perfectly fine. So, Bobbie has another plan. The next time she and Joanie are shopping with their mothers, they get permission to go to the candy store. On the way there, Bobbie lets Joanie carry her new pocketbook while Bobbie lets Joanie wear her glasses. Subsequently, neither can see well, and they bump into a lady with groceries and a dog. The girls even buy the wrong candy by accident. On the way back to their mothers, Bobbie trips and temporarily loses the glasses. Fortunately, they are found undamaged.

Joanie realizes, “I like seeing where I’m going much more than I don’t like wearing my glasses.” And Bobbie comes to a similar conclusion and tells Joanie: “I like seeing where I’m going much more than I do like wearing your glasses.” On the way home, the girls are delighted to pass a yard sale where Bobbie picks up a fun pair of glamorous red glasses without lenses for a dollar. Now she can wear glasses just like her cousin!

Glamorous Glasses is based on the author’s real-life childhood experience of accompanying her cousin, Joanie, to get glasses and being obsessed with the desire to wear glasses herself! I just adore the colorful illustrations and little Bobbie’s fun personality. Barbara Johansen Newman has also created a terrific website to accompany the book at www.glamorousglasses.com. On the site, children can meet Joanie and Bobbie, put different glasses on them, and design their own glasses! By reading the book and visiting the website, reluctant children just might get excited about wearing glasses! At the very least, they’ll get a great deal of enjoyment out of reading this fun adventure story.



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One lucky winner will receive a copy of the beautiful hardcover children's book, Glamorous Glasses, by Barbara Johansen Newman. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, November 15, 2012. Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below.



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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% mine. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

30 comments:

  1. I learned the book is based on a true story! This is a must have book for anyone with glasses with kids!

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  2. What a great story about the author! I love how she fell in love with glasses when she went to the eye doctor with her cousin!

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  3. I like the Playroom.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  4. Susan, thank you so much for such a lovely review of GG! I am so glad that not only is this book perceived as a fun read for kids like myself, who wanted glasses but couldn't have them, but for kids who really do have to wear glasses and are not happy about it. BTW, I recently saw a cute picture of my niece's daughter wearing glasses and said "Glamorous Glasses!" And my niece replied, "Oh, they are the latest fashion rage for girls--frames with non prescription lenses in them." Oh, my. If only they had been around when I was little all those years ago...;-)

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  5. I liked Barbara's Museum of Glamorous Glasses. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

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  6. Audra Weathers9:53 AM

    I liked the playroom where you can decorate your own glasses. My daughter would have fun doing that. I like how you can print out the page when you're finished decorating and actually cut out and wear the glasses.

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  7. I liked the playroom as well.

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  8. I really like the playroom section

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  9. I love the blog!

    kellys3ps@sbcglobal.net

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  10. I like the playroom! Very cute!

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  11. Nesca c7:16 PM

    The playroom games are a cool touch to the website

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  12. I like the playroom

    littleheathen9109 @ yah00 d0t c0m

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  13. I loved the museum of glamorous glasses. I've worn glasses since the 6th grade, and now I'm wanting some of those from the museum.

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  14. The Playroom

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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  15. I like the museum! It's such a great thought!

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  16. I liked the Playroom.I like that kids can decorate their own glasses and print them out.I think having a child do something like that it helps them learn that glasses can be fun.Bobbie & Joanie are so cute.
    Thank you for the great giveaway! :)

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  17. I like that the story is based on real people. Very cute story. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  18. I like that even longer that she has loved eyeglasses, Barbara Johansen Newman has loved to draw.

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  19. I like that you can decorate glasses.

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  20. I love hearing about how the author got glasses at age 13 and now needs them all the time. I like how she shared her own story in the book.

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  21. How I Fell In Love with Eyeglasses

    by Barbara Johansen Newman

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  22. i liked the playroom area and decorating glasses

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  23. i love this story that is what i like on her its a great message

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  24. I learned that you can buy the book at amazon.com which is where I do most of my shopping :)

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  25. Anonymous5:44 PM

    I like the Playroom section!]

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  26. i love that amazon.com sells the book and it was fun in the playroom too
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  27. I learned that you can buy the book on Amazon

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  28. The playroom section!

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  29. I love that the site is so colorful, but I also liked the games and the museum.

    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  30. i like the Put the glasses on Joanie! a kid would love that i did ;)

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