I CAN SEE JUST FINE by Eric Barclay

I CAN SEE JUST FINE

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Repeatedly uttering the titular protest, a child is dragged off to “see” the eye doctor in this neatly drawn, too neatly resolved take on a common experience.

Paige’s inability to make out what’s on the class chalkboard is just one of a set of symptoms that trigger a day off from school, an eye exam, a chance to try on a zillion pairs of eyeglass frames and, after a fitting, a whole new, sharply focused world. But if the textual narrative is pretty straightforward, the visual subtext is not. The climactic fuzzy-to-sharp spread implies that Paige’s affliction is really no more than simple myopia, but cues scattered through Barclay’s bright, simple cartoon illustrations point, if apparently unintentionally, to more complex vision (or other) problems. Paige wears mismatched shoes of different colors; in one scene, she “reads” a book held upside down; most egregiously, she happily cuddles a “kitty” that is actually a skunk (later, she identifies it correctly and still cuddles it). Even the final scene, in which Paige pours orange juice into her breakfast cereal while disagreeing with her mother’s remark that her glasses are too dirty to see through, doesn’t quite come off as a joke.

It’s hard to judge intent, but even if this might provide lighthearted reassurance for young squinters, it’s going to leave more observant parents and other caregivers disquieted, at best. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0801-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: abramsappleseed
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2013




SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenALL THE BETTER TO SEE YOU WITH! by Margaret Wild
by Margaret Wild
ChildrenAGAPANTHUS HUM AND THE EYEGLASSES by Joy Cowley
by Joy Cowley
ChildrenGLASSES--WHO NEEDS 'EM? by Lane Smith
by Lane Smith