Superheroes Don’t Wear Glasses is a sweet little story a parent would read to a primary school boy who is hesitant to wear glasses. In the story, Alfie resists wearing glasses. He meets a pixie who brings him to the Land of Power where he meets Spartacus, the superhero who does wear glasses. Alfie also learns that not wearing glasses impacts others around him. He is not able to see the ladybug and he almost steps on the grasshopper. At the end of the story, he wears his glasses to school with the special shiny stone given to him by Spartacus and all his friends admire them.
The book is told from Alfie’s point of view with a bit of narrator input. The viewpoints merged together. It has a relaxed and cozy tone. There are eight or nine beautiful illustrations, unfortunately they should have been full-page as some are difficult to see.
This would be an appropriate book to read to a child under the age of seven, someone who still believes in magic.
The companion book is Princesses Don’t Wear Glasses. The story is virtually identical but it is focused on a little girl. Names are change in the pixie takes the little girl to the Land of Beauty. The focus here is on sparkly diamonds, pearls, and wedding dresses. The little girl is eight years old, which seems mature for this story. Instead of meeting a superhero, she is inspired by Princess Spectacle.
I rate both books as three and a half stars.
The author was interviewed on this blog August 31, 2016.
A copy of this book was generously donated by the author to my Little Free Library.