Saturday, 30 August 2014

Review: Specs for Rex by Yasmeen Ismail

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Large paperback / eBook
Released: August 14th, 2014
Rating: 7/10

Amazon summary:

Rex has new glasses and he HATES them! He does NOT want to wear them to school, and he tries to hide them - in the strangest places! But it's pretty tricky hiding specs that are so big, and round and RED... It's funny how things turn out, though, because Rex's specs end up winning him a gold star, and a new friend. Even better, he can SEE properly. 


Rex has brand new red specs and he really doesn't like them. He tries hiding them everywhere, but to no avail. Instead he has to wear them at school and soon finds out that perhaps glasses aren't so bad after all!

I've never been one to dislike my spectacles, but I know of lots of kids and friends who aren't big fans of theirs. School especially can be a difficult time to make visual changes like this, and Specs for Rex shows children that it's ok to stand out and be a little bit different. At the end of the day, glasses are there to help us see better, so why all the fuss?!

Yasmeen Ismail's illustrations are an unusual style, but I like them. They're very bright with soft lines which really makes them stand out on the page. There's a good amount of text in this picture book, all of it straight to the point and befitting the accompanying illustrations.

I enjoyed reading about Rex and his specs, and I know exactly where he's coming from. Suddenly needing to wear glasses can be a scary time in anyone's school life, and I'm glad books like this exist. I hope younger readers see that it's okay to look a little different, and that it's even more okay to be able to see properly. Yay for Rex!

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