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Glamorous Glasses by Barbara Newman
Published by Boyds Mills Press
Pages: 40
Ages: 4-8
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository
Publishers Summary:

Bobbie and Joanie are best friends and best cousins, and they do everything together. So when Joanie has to get glasses, Bobbie figures she’ll get them, too—especially once she discovers the fabulous frames on display at the eyeglasses store. Meanwhile, Joanie has the opposite reaction. Glasses make her feel different and look different. And they’re uncomfortable. So the ever-resourceful Bobbie comes up with a perfect plan to make both of them happy. Illustrations full of rich, comical details enhance this story about friendship and a classic childhood experience.

Littlebug Loves Glasses: Glasses and purses and necklaces and all fun girl stuff. Glamorous Glasses is one of my most favoritest books because of all the glasses. I wish I could wear glasses like Joanie, but I don’t need them. My mom helped me get a bunch of sunglasses though. And my mom has glasses and that is so super neat!

Joanie and Bobbie are the bestest of friends and I love all the fun glasses they wear. This is one of my favoritest books to read over and over and over again.

Mom’s Two Cents: Bobbie and Joanie are the best of friends and do everything together. When Joanie suddenly needs something very different from Bobbie, glasses, it becomes hard for Bobbie not to want the same. Through feats of tripping and faking an inability to read Bobbie attempts to fool everyone around her, but becomes clear to the one person she can’t hide the truth from, the doctor, that her sight is just fine. In a last ditch effort Bobbie and Joanie switch things up only to discover that it’s still possible to be the best of friends despite small differences.

Beautifully illustrated and ingeniously written ,Glamorous Glasses by Barbara Johansen Newman has been a book enjoyed over and over again in our home over the last couple of months. It’s impossible to count the number of times Littlebug has asked to read this truly enjoyable tale of friendship and change. Her initial draw was definitely the glasses and the variety she could choose from each and every time, but after a number of readings her interests changed to that of Bobbie and Joanie’s friendship. Here were two girls who initially had everything in common, but suddenly felt worlds apart. Friends change constantly, it is something that all friendships will experience over time, but these two were able to move past it and focus on the positive.

Glamorous Glasses by Barbara Johansen Newman is a delightful story of friendship, change and finding joy in differences. Bobbie and Joanie discover that small differences only change the outside and not the person or friend we are on the inside. This is an absolute favorite of Littlebug’s and one that’s also fun to read aloud multiple nights in a row for parents. With the number of themes and topics addressed within this one little book it’s no doubt to me that Glamorous Glasses will be enjoyed by numbers of children everywhere.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 to 8. Perfect for little ones struggling through changes that may make them different from others, but also a wonderful story about friendship and supporting one another. Kiddos will adore all of the fun glasses to choose from within the illustrations as well!

Find Glamorous Glasses by Barbara Newman at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

Thank you so much to the publisher, Boyds Mills Press, for providing a copy of this book for review and for Blue Slip Media for coordinating it!
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3 Responses to Book Review: Glamorous Glasses by Barbara Newman

  1. PragmaticMom says:

    The perfect picture book for any kid who needs glasses! Love it! Thanks Littlebug! I love glasses too!

  2. MaryZ says:

    I wish I had this books many years ago when my daughter got glasses at age three. The illustrations are brilliant–tons of things to look at!

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