A riotous and reassuring picture book about having to wear glasses!
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.
A riotous and reassuring story about the positive effects of being, well, maybe just a little different.
About the Author
Yasmeen Ismail is an exciting new talent in the world of picture books. Her artwork and characters are both charming and unique. She studied at art school in Dublin and has worked on a wide range of illustration and animation projects. Yasmeen has a great eye for colour, detail and composition. Specs for Rex is her second picture book, following on from the delightful Time for Bed, Fred! Yasmeen is Irish. She now lives in London, UK.
"The story is sweet . . . Ismail's exuberant watercolors capture the energy of a young child, with the lightness of the medium lending movement and energy to the pictures . . .This story displays a thoughtful understanding of its audience." - Booklist
"Ismail presents Rex's dilemma with sympathy, understanding, and a great deal of humor. . . Sweet, funny, and reassuring." - Kirkus Reviews
"Expressionistic watercolor paintings, juxtaposing both primary and complementary colors, create a warm, pleasing effect. This book may hold special appeal to young readers facing the prospect of glasses or other corrective devices." - School Library Connection
"Ismail . . . uses bright, beautiful brush strokes of watercolor to convey the manic, tail-wagging, mud-spattering energy that Fred, a furry black mop of a dog, brings to bedtime." - The New York Times Book Review on TIME FOR BED, FRED!
"A perfectly designed read-aloud for the bedtime staller. A sheer delight!" - starred review, Kirkus Reviews on TIME FOR BED, FRED!
"Fred's eager-to-please look and the constant trouble he gets into give this the makings of a bedtime favorite." - Publishers Weekly on TIME FOR BED, FRED!
"Ismail cleverly uses exclamations and rhetorical questions to liven up the familiar lets-get-ready-for-bed storyline. This book works well as a read aloud, as it begs for audience participation, and will likely become a bedtime favorite." - School Library Journal on TIME FOR BED, FRED!
"Fred is illustrated in watercolors that seem to soak through the page in thick blotches and rich, saturated colors. The effect is a wonderful sense of motion." - Booklist on TIME FOR BED, FRED!