UPDATE: “Princesses Wear Glasses” is now available from Amazon. It’s bundled with the cape and crown that were included in this giveaway.
The book I’m reviewing, Princesses Wear Glasses, by Kristin Ellsworth, is not available in bookstores or libraries (yet – update, it’s available now). It is also sold in conjunction with the Peeps Eyewear glasses. Ellsworth, founder of Peeps Eyewear, wrote the book to accompany the glasses and sent me a copy to review. And fear not, if you’d like to read the book, read to the end of the review, because she’s doing a giveaway. She tells me that she’s working on getting the book released separately from the glasses. And that she’s working on one for boys.
The story is based on one that Ellsworth told her own daughter when she got glasses at age three. The story is told in rhyme, and follows Annie, a brave and curious princess who is off to do some adventuring. Oh, and Annie just happens to wear glasses. This is one of the parts that sets this book off from many others. Annie is simply introduced as a princess in glasses. This isn’t a story of starting out in glasses or learning that she needed glasses.. This story takes place after that initial introduction of glasses that most books focus on, instead taking place when the glasses are simply one of the things that she wears. I think that stories about getting glasses are important, but it’s refreshing to run in to books that feature kids who are already comfortable in their glasses. Annie is a fun character, and you have to love a princess who goes off on her scooter (wearing helmet and glasses), looking for adventure.
Annie decides to seek out a dragon because she wonders what makes their scales so bright. Upon finding one, she realizes that the dragon must need glasses, since he is having trouble seeing:
“I’m lost,” the dragon sniffled.
“And I can’t see far away.
It’s hard to fly. Which way is home?
What an awful day.”
“I’m sorry you’re so sad.
My glasses help me see.
Try this spare pair from my pocket.
Then you’ll see like me.”
The illustrations by Christina Turner are bright and charming. They often surround the text, an effect that I think is lovely.
The book is small and thin, it’s designed to fit in a box with a pair of glasses (that match Annie’s from the book) and a dress up princess cloak and crown. If I had any complaint, it would be that it feels like the binding might break. Though Zoe’s copy has weathered repeated readings just fine, I wouldn’t expect it to hold up well to a baby or young toddler’s readings.
So, now for the giveaway! … Author and Peeps glasses creator, Kristin Ellsworth and I, are doing a giveaway of two of the kits that go along with her glasses, and one book without the kit. The kits include the book, a princess cape, and a crown – great for Halloween or dress up! To enter, become a fan of Peeps Eyewear facebook page, and then leave a comment here. Three entries will be drawn at random on October 24th.
Full disclosure, I was given a free copy of this book for review. That did not impact this review.
UPDATE: I went to random.org to generate random numbers for the giveaway. Congratulations to Rebecca and Alyssa who won the kits, and Cody B who won the book!
UPDATE #2: Surprise! Kristin would like to thank every one who participated in the Peeps Eyewear Giveaway, by sending all of you a copy of the book! Thanks again for commenting, any feedback on the book is welcome!