The title says it all, with one exception: Douglas is a dog. Nearsighted, he has been known to walk through wet cement. He has even gone into the wrong house and eaten food from a neighbor's dog dish. When Nancy, the girl who cares for him, throws him a ball, Douglas fetches what appears to be a wasp nest instead. Later, at the eye doctor's office, Douglas misidentifies a series of pictures on the eye chart. But after choosing the perfect frames, he walks out wearing glasses and is amazed to see his surroundings clearly for the first time. Kids who wear glasses will understand his reaction, and even those with 20/20 vision will enjoy the story, especially the funny sequence in which Douglas mistakes the silhouette of a squirrel for a dinosaur, a car for a flying saucer, and so on. The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations enhance the story's humor through cartoonlike figures within a colorful, imaginative setting. An appended double-page spread features photos of 18 real kids wearing glasses. It's a satisfying conclusion to an amusing picture book. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 2—Douglas is a lovable little dog whose nearsightedness often gets him into trouble. He is unable to see important things like signs and squirrels, and one day a run-in with a beehive prompts his owner Nancy to take him to the eye doctor for glasses. After meeting the doctor and failing the eye test somewhat hilariously, Douglas picks out the perfect pair of glasses and is able to see all of the amazing things and people around him. The tale is light on text, and the blurry font is limited to the cover and title page; the pencil and watercolor cartoon illustrations are what make this book so delightful. Funky patterns and a playful use of bold colors enhance the story and the reading experience. VERDICT With photos of "Real Kids Who Wear Glasses" and a social media hashtag as back matter, this is a fresh recommendation for young readers nervous about getting glasses. A fun and useful purchase.—Whitney LeBlanc, KIPP New Orleans Schools, LA [Page 73]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A dog who needs glasses but doesn't know it lands in hairy situations because of his poor eyesight, from eating out of the wrong bowl to walking through wet cement, until his owner takes him to an eye doctor and has him fitted with a perfect pair of glasses. Simultaneous eBook.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Meet Douglas, a dog with a big problem: he needs eyeglasses but doesn’t know it, and his bad eyesight tends to land him in some pretty hairy situations. Readers will laugh along with the new picture book character Douglas as he chases a leaf that he mistakes for a squirrel, walks through wet cement because he can’t see the warning sign, and annoys the neighbor’s dog by mistakenly eating out of his bowl. And when Douglas’s owner Nancy finally takes him to what is clearly an eyeglass store and Douglas asks, “Why are you taking me to a shoe store?” everyone will be giggling. After an eye exam confirms that Douglas needs glasses, and Nancy helps him find the perfect pair, readers will rejoice with Douglas as he sees all the amazing things he’s been missing! Both kids and parents will laugh out loud—and may even recognize themselves!—while reading this utterly irresistible, hilarious picture book.