Book Review: Cool Kids Wear Glasses

 Mandy Harper, one of the meanest girls ever, viciously ruled the school. She decided who was in and who was out. At least until Kayla Littlebe started standing up to her.

But one day Mandy found out she might need glasses. Would she still be able to rule the school or would her new glasses help her see the error of her ways?

Lessons taught in this adventure include:
Friendship
The importance of being kind to others
Standing up for others
Not judging a book by its cover

This is a wonderful read for children of all ages.  Written for the younger readers, it has simple words and phrases they can understand without being talked down to, yet with a message that even teens and adults can appreciate and take to heart.  The examples given to highlight the lessons are ones I’m sure everyone has either participated in, or observed sometime during their life.

 

Getting down into the nuts and bolts:

World building

As this is a very sort story, there is a minimum of world building that occurs.  The illustrations carry the burden, and do a wonderful job helping to visualize where each of the encounters occurs.

Character development

Umm.. wow?  In the pacing, the sense of this being a snap shot in the lives of these children really makes it critical for the personalities to shine through.  The time covered in the story prevents any real physical development, so what is addressed is the mental and emotional development.

Having a personal experience or two, where some event drastically changed my outlook on life, I can say the changes presented in this story are not just plausible, but also realistic.  There is a tremendous amount of personal growth, and understanding by the main character.  And, even the support cast (barring a few who serve the purpose of villains here) have some growth as well.

When seen through adult eyes, the characters feel a little shallow and under developed.  However, if you can shift your thinking into how a child sees the world – every thing is new and exciting – then the characters take on a depth and complexity that make them feel as if they do exist.

Pacing

Again, being a book designed to the young readers sets the framework for this book.  It is short enough to keep their attention, yet the story is entirely told by the last page.  It only spans a couple of days, something most young minds will have no problem understanding, yet presents a sense of being a snap shot in the life of the characters.

It does not feel rushed, or like it drags as each encounter has a sparkle with a fresh, lively bounce to it.

Overall Rating

A wonderfully written 5 of 5 paws from this pukah.  Thank you Teddy O’Malley for letting me read this.

If you would like to read this for your self, or with your children, you can pick up your copy on Amazon here.

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