Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Calvin, Look Out! - By Jennifer Berne, Illustrated by Keith Bendis

Calvin, Look Out!
By Jennifer Berne, Illustrated by Keith Bendis

Everybody's favorite bookworm birdie is back - and something's wrong! When Calvin reads the word "wagons," he sees "dragons" instead, and he's tripping over the library chairs, Calvin needs glasses! When his family checks out the new specs, though, they seem to tease him. Poor Calvin. But when he gets lost and trapped in the forest, it's Calvin's glasses (and smarts) that save the day. Soon EVERYONE thinks glasses are great - and Calvin's clan becomes the coolest flock of starlings in the sky.

Jennifer Berne has been a long-time contributor to Nick Jr. Magazine, and a writer for both print and TV. She has published numerous award-winning books for kids, including On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein (Chronicle), and Calvin Can't Fly (Sterling). Jennifer lives in a house she designed herself, in the rolling hills of Columbia County, NY.

Keith Bendis's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Fortune, and Time. Keith was the illustrator for William Safire's "On Language" column in the New York Time Magazine, and for nine books including Calvin Can't Fly (Sterling), William Kotzwinkle's The Fan Man (Vintage), and the bestselling The Illustrated Casey at the Bat: The Immortal Baseball Ballad (Workman). He lives on an old farm in Columbia County, NY.

Sterling Children's Books
Ages 4 to 8

My Thoughts:
I love children's books that bring real issues into a fun story. For many kids, the idea of getting glasses can be very nerve-wracking. They worry about being teased... and ever worse, sometimes they are teased. But this wonderful book brings to light that glasses are important because they help you see better. They help you see things you may not have notices before. And they can help you get through tough situations. Calvin was teased, but he also learned that it didn't matter. His glasses helped to save the day. And then his friends decided to get their eyes checked, too!

This book is cute, fun, and helpful in helping kids who need glasses... and kids who don't... the importance of doing what is best for you and your eyes. This would make a perfect book for a classroom or a home!

*I received a free copy of this book in order to facilitate an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.