HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Dogs Don’t Wear Glasses
Author and Illustrator: Adrienne Geoghegan
Publisher: Interlink Pub. Group Inc., republished in 1998
ISBN-13: 978-1566562089 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1566562082 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1566562744 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1566562740 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3 to 8
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Geoghegan, Adrienne. Dogs Don’t Wear Glasses (published in 1996 by Crocodile Books). Nanny Needles puts down her knitting and, with a burst of energy, starts cleaning. She doesn’t want to admit that her eyesight is failing, so she blames her mistakes on her dog, Seymour. She empties the garbage on top of the dog, then scolds him for sitting too close to the can. She even shaves the top of Seymour’s fur-covered head to keep his hair out of his eyes. The poor dog hides to escape further mutilation, but dinner brings him into the kitchen where Nanny feeds him her dinner on a china plate while she sits down to the dog’s bowl to eat his “Beef and Liver for Healthy Dogs.” Yuck! At this point, she says, “I think you need your eyes tested so you can see more, Seymour.”
So nearsighted Nanny hustles the dog off to the eye doctor to be fitted for glasses. Seymour passes the eye test, but Nanny insists that he must have glasses anyway. What will happen when she puts them on so he “can see how smart they look”? The cover has the title presented as an eye chart. We checked this book out of the library as something extra to read when our older son Mark was studying eyesight in his second grade health book. Children will enjoy author and illustrator Adrienne Geoghegan’e clever, absurd story with its silly situations as well as the hilarious, cartoon-like artwork of watercolors, sketched over the waxy surface of a crayony black medium, with its whimsical exaggerations of people, pets, garbage, clothing, and food.