Goggles!

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Generations of children have read, re-read, and loved Ezra Jack Keats's award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends. Now, for the first time, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, and Goggles! are available in paperback exclusively from Puffin. 'A well-loved character, a familiar childhood situation, and an urban setting are the components of this winning picture book, one of Keats's best.' — Booklist Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) was the beloved author ...

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Overview

Generations of children have read, re-read, and loved Ezra Jack Keats's award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends. Now, for the first time, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, and Goggles! are available in paperback exclusively from Puffin. 'A well-loved character, a familiar childhood situation, and an urban setting are the components of this winning picture book, one of Keats's best.' — Booklist Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) was the beloved author and/or illustrator of over eighty-five books for children.

Two boys must outsmart the neighborhood bullies before they can enjoy their new treasure, a pair of lensless motorcycle goggles.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Everyone wants the goggles Peter found in this fast-paced Caldecott Honorwinner. Ages 5-9. (August)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140564402
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 73,064
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats’ legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter—the star of The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, Goggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at www.ezra-jack-keats.org

Biography

When Ezra Jack Keats began creating children's books in the 1960s, he noticed something missing from the genre and chose to correct it.

Keats had already illustrated several kids' books and was starting his second when he made a simple but important decision: The main character would be black. "None of the manuscripts I'd been illustrating featured any black kids-except for token blacks in the background," Keats later wrote. "My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along."

The character, Peter, debuted in The Snowy Day, which won a Caldecott Medal. Perhaps the strongest statement Keats made about race at the time was making ethnicity (his first book's protagonist was a Puerto Rican boy) completely incidental to the story. The books' themes are universal: In the case of Snowy Day, a boy discovers the joy of angel-making, sledding, and all the other things kids do on a free winter day.

The child of immigrants, Keats grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, in relative poverty. Although his gifts with pencil and paint were obvious from a young age, his father, a waiter, discouraged his artistic ambitions, fearing it would be too hard for his son to make a living. When he brought home tubes of paint for Ezra, he would tell the boy that hard-up artist customers had swapped their paint for soup. When his father died, however, Keats discovered a stash of newspaper clippings: his father had carefully saved the notices of all of Ezra's artistic prizes and achievements.

Once established as a creator of children's books, Keats developed a stable of characters -- including the adventurous Peter, a shy boy named Louie, and a sympathetic girl named Amy -- who often resurfaced over the author's twenty-odd years of storymaking. Often taking place in urban settings and illustrated in Keats's hallmark gouache and collage style, the stories chronicle the discoveries, pleasures, and fears of being a kid: coping with a new sibling, befriending a previously scary blind neighbor, entering a pet show, or finding a pair of goggles.

Keats tackled the topic of single parenthood in Louie's Search, where Louie accidentally discovers a husband for his mom. Even when characters behave oddly or badly (as in the case of Louie's new dad, who initially accuses the boy of stealing from his junk truck), their innate goodness is always revealed. Each title exemplifies Keats's faith in people.

With his muted, evocative images and his commitment towards diversity, Keats made children's literature vivid and human in a way it had never been before.

Good To Know

In the late 1930s, Keats worked as a mural painter on WPA projects. He entered the Army in 1943, where he designed camouflage patterns.

Later, Keats created five greeting cards about peace for UNICEF's first greeting card season ... A million cards were sold that year.

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi is the sole repository for Ezra Jack Keats's archives.

A life-size bronze statue of Peter, Willie, and Peter's chair sits in Imagination Playground in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jacob Ezra Katz (birth name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 11, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      May 6, 1983
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    My son loves it

    My son learned all about Ezra Jack Keats at school and they read & did projects on many of his books. Goggles! was the on he kept coming home talking about then put it on his Christmas list... So of course I had to get it. A personal con to the book was the slang. I'm not fond of trying to read a book to my son that has slang, so I just read it correctly. When I did read how it was in the book my son corrected me & wasn't fond of the slang either. Other than that we have a lot of fun reading this story together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2007

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    This is a great book because it shows that, with a little creativity, bullies can be outsmarted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book gives three bits of good advice to kids: finders keepers, how to handle bullies by sticking up for yourself and not to run home crying to mommy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Goggles

    This story opens with the phrase, 'Archie, look what I found....Motorcycle goggles'. This story is about two boys and their dog. They find a set of goggles but the big boys try to steal them. 'Give us those goggles, kid!', the big boys exclaimed. So then the boys have to try and outsmart them so that they can keep the goggles. Keats, Jack Ezra. Goggles. Macmillan Publishing, 1969.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Caldecott Honor Book

    Archie, Peter, and Peter¿s dog, Willie were playing in their secret hideout when Peter found a pair of motorcycle goggles. They decided to go to Archie¿s house to play with the goggles, but all of the sudden a group of bullies spotted them and demanded that they hand over the goggles. However, Peter replied, ¿No, they¿re mine,¿ and one of the bullies hit him, knocking the goggles out of Peter¿s pocket. But ¿before anyone could move, Willie snatched the goggles and ran through a hole in the fence. The big boys chased after him.¿ The race was on to see who would find Willie and the goggles. Goggles! is a good book for children because it teaches them a lesson about facing bullies. Most children end up dealing with a bully sometime in their life, and this book shows them a good way of dealing with them. This book teaches children that while sometimes bullies may seem scary, you shouldn¿t let them ruin you life because usually they have a weak side too. Ezra Jack Keats grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he excelled in art at an early age. He started receiving art awards from the time he was in elementary school, and eventually, he was recognized in the newspaper (when his father died, he was carrying the newspaper clippings showing his sons¿ achievements in his wallet). Ezra was awarded three different scholarships to art school, but he did not attend any of them. The Snowy Day is only one of many books that Ezra wrote about his African-American character, Peter. Ezra died in 1983 of a heart attack, yet he is still remembered today (mainly because he was the first American picture book author/illustrator to give black children a central role in children¿s literature). Keats, Ezra Jack. Goggles!. New York: The Viking Press, 1969. RL: Ages 4-8, Grades PreK-3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2006

    My Review

    Goggles! is the story of two boys, Archie and Peter. While playing in a vacant lot, the boys discover a pair of motorcycle goggles. After trying the goggles on, they decide to leave the play-yard and sit on the steps at Archie¿s house with their newfound ¿treasure¿. Suddenly, some big boys appear. ¿Give us those goggles, kid!¿ shout the boys. ¿No, they¿re mine,¿ replies Peter as his dog, Willie growls at the big boys. Archie and Peter take off in an attempt to get away from the bullies. Will Archie and Peter give up the goggles? Will the big boys catch them? Read Goggles! by Ezra Jack Keats for the rest of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Caldecott Honor Book: Goggles

    Has a bully ever got in the way of your treasure? In this Caldecott Honor book, Ezra Jack Keats paints us a fabulous picture of an urban setting. Keats, born in 1916, began to take interest in art at an early age. He received numerous art scholarships, but he was unable to attend school due to his responsibility to take care of his family. Keats has six or book revolved around the loveable character, Peter. Ezra Keats has authored or illustrated more than eighty-five books for children. In this adorable book, Peter, his friend, Archie, and his dog Willie, find some motorcycle goggles. However, some older boys try to get the goggles from Peter. ¿Give us those goggles, kid!¿ Willie managed to get away with the goggles. Peter and Archie got away from the bullies. Peter tricked the older boys by telling Willie to meet the boys at the parking lot. ¿Willie-meet us at the parking lot!¿ So, the bullies took off to the parking lot, and Peter, Archie, and Willie escaped. Keats, Ezra Jack. Goggles. New York: Puffin Books, 1969. Reading level: Ages 4-8

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