Children’s book shows kids the amazing powers of glasses

July 27, 2012

One out of five school-age children need eyeglasses, and one beloved children’s author shows them just how lucky they are. Going from two eyes to four isn’t a bummer, according to Barney Saltzberg, the creative force behind nearly 40 popular children’s books. In fact, it’s a rich adventure.

Just ask Arlo, a shaggy, free-spirited dog who loves to play catch – until one day, he can’t see the ball anymore. He needs glasses!

“Arlo Needs Glasses” (Workman, July, 1, 2012) is the latest book from Saltzberg, the bespectacled bestselling author of “Beautiful Oops!,” “Peekaboo Kisses,” and “Good Egg.”

“Arlo Needs Glasses” is inspired by Barney’s own four-legged-friend. Just like his character, the real-life Arlo is not very good at playing catch either – although he loves to play.

“He just couldn’t get the ball to land in his mouth,” he said. “We tried over and over and I honestly had never seen anything like it.” Thus, the idea for “Arlo Needs Glasses” was born.

“Arlo Needs Glasses” is an inventive, interactive picture book that helps kids see the fun in wearing glasses. Every child in glasses will know just how Arlo feels and will feel better because of it. Saltzberg helps them see why glasses are cool  — they enable us to do the things we want to do.

Saltzberg charms young readers (and their parents!) with a perfect light touch and joyful spirit, and kids get to do just what Arlo does to solve his problem: they read an eye chart, look through a fold-out phoropter (that big machine optometrists use), and try on different pairs of glasses — movie star glasses, superhero glasses, mad scientist glasses.

They interact with Arlo as he rediscovers how to be the best ball-catcher in the neighborhood and picks up a new favorite pastime along the way: reading!

More product informations is available at: http://www.workman.com/products/9780761168799/

Pinterest photo contest

Let’s see your dog in glasses! Share funny photo of your dog wearing glasses for a chance to win a signed copy of “Arlo Needs Glasses” by Barney Saltzberg. Be silly, but promise to not put your pup through too much embarrassment.

Enter between June 25 and July 31 by posting your photo on your Pinterest board with the hashtag #ArloNeedsGlasses. Then follow Workman’s board: www.pinterest.com/workmanpub. Workman will post the photos to the “My Dog Needs Glasses!” board Pinterest.com/workmanpub/my-dog-needs-glasses.

Five photos with the most likes and re-pins by July 31 will win an autographed copy of “Arlo Needs Glasses.” Be silly, but promise to not put your pup through too much embarrassment. Entrants must be U.S. residents. For other official contest rules, contact stephanie@prbythebook.com.

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