Specs for Rex by Yasmeen Ismail

Anyone who ever got glasses as a child will be able to relate to poor Rex in Specs for Rex by Yasmeen Ismail.

specs for rexRex has new glasses and he does not like them one bit! He definitely does not want to wear them to school. He tries his best to hide them–under his hair, in his sandwich, anywhere he can–but it’s tricky when they’re so big and round and red. With help from his friends and family, can Rex learn to love his specs after all?

I was in third grade when I got my first pair of glasses; my younger brother was in kindergarten. It was hard being one of the first kids to get glasses in school — but those are the kids who most need a book like Specs for Rex.

Through colorful and splashy illustrations, Ismail shows Rex trying all sorts of ways to hide his glasses — only to discover that they are part of what make him uniquely himself. (And the improved eyesight isn’t a bad perk, either!)

The illustrations are bright and colorful, with a loose and almost childlike charm about them. Examining each image and looking for all the little details is part of what makes this book so much fun. Ismail packs a lot into each vibrant page.

An anthem for all the bespectacled kids out there, Specs for Rex is in stores now.




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