Review & Contest: Arlo Needs Glasses

Megan and Preston, parents of my two grandsons, both wear glasses. Which means chances are my grandsons will need glasses themselves sooner rather than later. Because their parents (and grandparents and at least one aunt) wear spectacles, it's not likely Bubby and Mac would resist wearing glasses or consider them uncool. Just in case, though, Barney Saltzberg's new book, Arlo Needs Glasses, comes to the rescue.

For ages three and up, Arlo Needs Glasses lets kids of all ages, glasses wearers or not, know that glasses rock and there's no reason to resist wearing them. The book, which I received free for review, tells the story of a dog who loves to play catch—until one day, he can’t see the ball anymore. He needs glasses! The delightful book filled with pop-up features and try-on glasses playfully goes through an eye doctor visit with Arlo, allaying the anxiety kids in need of glasses may feel, as well as stressing that glasses will help them become better readers.

Put on your own spectacles and take a look:


What Bubby, Mac and I loved about the book: Pop-up books are a favorite in my house, and Arlo Needs Glasses didn't disappoint. The boys had a good time "playing ball" with Arlo and trying on the four pairs of fun glasses.

Arlo Needs Glasses is available from Workman Publishing, with a suggested retail price of $15.95.


What has four eyes and four legs? Your dog in glasses! Share a 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 through July 31 by posting your photo on your Pinterest board with the hashtag #ArloNeedsGlasses. Then follow Workman Publishing's board: Workman will post the photos to the official "My Dog Needs Glasses!" board (If you're not yet a Pinterest member but want to participate, email Lisa to request an invite to Pinterest.)

Five photos with the most likes and re-pins by July 31st will win an autographed copy of Arlo Needs Glasses. Entrants must be U.S. residents. Winners will be notified on their Pinterest posts by August 3, 2012. If potential winner cannot be reached or does not acknowledge notification within five days of first notification attempt, the prize will be forfeited and the next photo with the most likes and re-pins will be selected as a potential prize Winner. Find full contest rules here.