KIDS DAY REVIEW BY LAUREL!
By Dave Whamond
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: Children's Books, Picture Books, Emotions & Feelings, Activity Books, Humor
Age Range: 4-7 years old
Grade Level: Preschool - Second Grade
In this wordless picture book, Rosie wakes up in a monochrome world, with a dark cloud over her head. As she plods through her miserable, gray day, the cloud follows. Mishaps and mayhem thwart her every move, irritating noises assault her --- and the pouring rain makes everything worse. But then, on her way home from school, Rosie finds a pair of strange glasses. When she puts them on, her world transforms into vivid, joyful color. All of a sudden, she can see the beauty and fun in everything around her --- and her dark cloud has disappeared. Are the glasses magic? Or could it be that changing how we look at the world can change the way we experience it?
Award-winning author and illustrator Dave Whamond is known for his energetic, humorous and colorful art. Here he uses three different color palettes to powerfully tell a story of how moods can affect what we see.
The wordless format encourages visual literacy and deeper readings of the story based on individual interpretation. It also invites nonreaders to develop vocabulary and narrative skill by “reading” the illustrations. This book offers a perfect lead-in to a discussion about good and bad moods. It also works for lessons on self-awareness and personal development, and as an excellent reminder to children (and adults!) that we can all exercise some control over how we see our world.
Dave Whamond’s work has appeared in publications such as Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Psychology Today, OWL, MacLeans, Reader’s Digest, National Geographic, Outdoor Canada and many others.
He has worked on national campaigns in Canada and the US for Taco Bell, Tim Hortons, Canadian Superstores/Loblaw, Labatts, Dominos, Advil, Chrysler, VISA, Bell, Barqs, McDonalds, Canadian Tire, Coca Cola, Disney and NASA.
He has worked on over 30 books including the “Oddrey” series, “My Think-a-ma-jink”, the “The Adventures of Hot Dog and Bob” series, and the new Robert Munsch book, “Braids”. His new book, “Frank and Laverne” is in stores now.
Dave has won numerous awards such as the Blue Spruce award for both “My Think-a-ma-jink” and “Oddrey” as well as a Silver Birch award for “Secret Agent Y.O.U.” He has been nominated for 10 Reuben awards for the National Cartoonists Society and has won 4 of them, for Magazine Illustration, Advertising Illustration, Newspaper Illustration and Best Book Illustration.
His internationally syndicated panel comic Reality Check has appeared daily since 1995 in papers such as the Miami Herald, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Toronto Star, Boston Herald, Chicago Tribune, Detroit News, Minneapolis Star Tribune and others. It was nominated for best cartoon panel of the year by the National Cartoonists Society.
Dave also taught 3rd and 4th year illustration at the Alberta College of Art and Design from 1997 to 2006.
Guest Reviewer Bio:
Hello everyone! I am Laurel. My family consists of my husband, Vinny, our 5 year old son, J, and our 3 year old daughter, A. We recently adopted a white labradoodle puppy, Truman.
Weekdays you will find me at my sweet little elementary school where I am the librarian and computer teacher. Reading has always been my favorite hobby. I love to get away to places and times I have never experienced.
Even before we had children I loved children’s books. I was a classroom teacher for 5 years before switching to library media. I love when I can use a book to connect to a lesson or a situation in life. When Dani asked if I would be interested in reviewing some children’s books I jumped at the opportunity!
Rosie’s Glasses is a wordless picture book about a young girl who is having a not so great day. She finds a pair of glasses on the ground and once she places them on, her gray world turns to color. I love good wordless picture books. They require the reader to truly see the illustrations and think about the meaning. To tell a story solely through illustration is beautifully creative. Dave Whamond does a wonderful job bringing the story to life.
Rosie’s Glasses reminded me of two other children’s books I enjoy, “Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” The lesson of not letting yourself get carried away in a bad day is very helpful for young children. This book could be used in many ways in the school setting to touch on the theme of perseverance.
I believe it is important to have good discussion when reading a wordless picture book. One thing I love about children is their ability to see a situation in a totally different light than adults. Illustrations (art) allows room for interpretation. I also enjoy rereading wordless picture books as I often find things I missed before. Each time I looked at Rosie’s Glasses I was delighted to notice new details.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Check it out!
Laurel's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚📚
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—Dani & Laurel
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