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Author: Whamond, Dave
In this wordless picture book, Rosie wakes up in a monochrome world, with a dark cloud over her head. As she plods through her miserable, gray day, the cloud follows. But then, on her way home from school, Rosie finds a pair of strange glasses. When she puts them on, her world transforms into vivid, joyful color. All of a sudden, she can see the beauty and fun in everything around her --- and her dark cloud has disappeared. Are the glasses magic?
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/18)
School Library Journal (09/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—A young girl's perspective is transformed when she finds a magical pair of glasses in Whamond's wordless picture book. Rosie's day gets off on the wrong foot, where she wakes up late, gets drenched with rain on her way to school, and steps in a puddle. Her gloomy mood is shown through an entirely monochromatic color scheme, along with a storm cloud that hangs over her head. However, everything changes when she finds a literal pair of rose-colored glasses on her way home from school. When she puts them on, the world is transformed into a joyful, vibrant, and colorful place, where she exuberantly interacts with her family, schoolmates, and city. The detailed illustrations are key to conveying Rosie's changing outlook, and the book cleverly contrasts the same scenes with Rosie's family, school, and city, using different color palettes and subtle changes. The wordless format allows readers to interpret Rosie's story using context clues, making this an excellent tool for discussing how good and bad moods can alter perspectives. VERDICT This wordless picture book explores the impact positive thinking can have on one's happiness. A solid choice for most school and public libraries.—Kathryn Justus, Renbrook School, West Hartford, CT - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.