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Four Eyes (Pearl and Wagner Series)
     

Four Eyes (Pearl and Wagner Series)

by Kate McMullan, R. W. Alley (Illustrator)
 

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There's an eye toast toady, er, that's eye test today at school, but Wagner can't see the board. As his best friend Pearl says, "It's glasses time!" But Wagner hates his new glasses—they make him look like a guppy, and a mean old bully calls him "Four Eyes." Wagner vows to never wear his glasses again, until Pearl and all his friends give themselves inspired

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There's an eye toast toady, er, that's eye test today at school, but Wagner can't see the board. As his best friend Pearl says, "It's glasses time!" But Wagner hates his new glasses—they make him look like a guppy, and a mean old bully calls him "Four Eyes." Wagner vows to never wear his glasses again, until Pearl and all his friends give themselves inspired new nicknames just like his. Suddenly, "Four Eyes" has a nice ring to it . . . and being able to see isn't so bad, either!

The delightful fourth book in the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor-winning series shows how a best friend and a new perspective can change everything.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—After a vision screening at school, Wagner learns that he needs glasses. Although he is apprehensive about his classmates' reaction to his new look, Pearl puts a decidedly positive spin on his perceived misfortunes. She says that with glasses, he can look like a rock star, a scientist, or an actor. The added bonus is that the world will no longer look fuzzy. After Wagner's bout with name-calling bullies and Pearl's perfect reaction to the incident, their teacher makes wearing glasses the hot trend at school in an unexpected way. Not only will readers find a genuine tale of friendship and a respect for uniqueness in these pages, but also the anatomy of a pair of glasses and tips for glasses wearers. With its solid story line; controlled vocabulary; and detailed ink, watercolor, and colored-pencil illustrations, this book is an essential addition to the series.—Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL
Kirkus Reviews

Hooray! Bunny Pearl and mouse Wagner are back with a new installment of stories, jokes, friendship and eye tests. Yes, eye tests. Eagle-eyed new readers who spot a scientific diagram of the eye in the background while Wagner squints ferociously at the giant writing on the board know that Wagner is in for a challenge this time. Though he fails the eye test spectacularly, Wagner insists he is "never, never, never" getting glasses! Pearl is there with encouragement, though, even when older kids make fun of his new specs. Children will laugh when the rest of Wag's classmates come up with a unique way of showing solidarity with their friend. A familiar story arc is made fresh through the loving watercolor illustrations, in which every emotion is shown through the eyes of these fast friends. The school setting allows for chalkboard reading, which adds to the fun for kids flexing their muscles with print. Ample white space, endearing characters, occasional jokes and speech bubbles mark this early-reader series as one to watch. (Early reader. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803730861
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/16/2010
Series:
Pearl and Wagner Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
290L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kate McMullan is the award-winning author of more than seventy-five books for children. She lives in Sag Harbor, New York.

R. W. Alley has illustrated more than sixty children's books. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.

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