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JACOB'S EYE PATCH by Beth Kobliner Shaw


by Beth Kobliner Shaw ; Jacob Shaw ; illustrated by Jules Feiffer

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4767-3732-4
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Mother and son co-authors tell the story of young Jacob and his time wearing an eye patch to correct two common eye conditions.

Whenever Jacob goes out, people ask him about his eye patch. Curious onlookers feel free to ask the personal question: “Why does your boy wear an eye patch?” (“His eyes need correction,” would be the obvious answer to the nosy.) Normally Jacob doesn’t mind answering questions, but today he is anxious to get to the science store, where he hopes to buy a new light-up globe. Everywhere he turns, people ask about his patch, and his mother is happy to answer, even though Jacob just wants to keep going. Jacob’s thought bubble, “Seriously?” lets readers know his frustration. And that’s it. Built on such a weak premise, this story provides no surprises. Feiffer’s art seems to have been rushed. From page to page, older brother Adam’s face changes, and after a two-block walk from the ice cream store, the ice cream has neither melted nor been licked. At the page turn, the cone simply disappears. The weak narrative is also confusing (at one point, five hours a day is patch time and in another, three hours). Feiffer’s talents are wasted here. Readers wishing for an emotionally satisfying treatment of the same subject should turn to George Ella Lyon and Lynne Avril’s award-winning The Pirate of Kindergarten (2010).

Didactic, confusing and not particularly informative. Seriously? (authors’ notes) (Picture book. 3-8)