________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 3 . . . . September 30, 2005

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Roger Gets Carried Away.

Barbara Todd. Illustrated by Rogé.
Toronto, ON: Annick Press, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $7.95 (pbk.), $19.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55037-898-8 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55037-899-6 (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Eyeglasses-Juvenile fiction.
Humor - alien encounters - Juvenile fiction.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 4-6.

Review by Christina Neigel.

**½ /4

excerpt:

"Excuse me,” called Roger.

“Which way to Galaxy Glasses?”The squids gave directions. Roger dodged boulder balls. The spaceship bounced all the way to planet Zorkle.

“MAYBE YOU NEED - GLASSES,” the alien glurped.

“I DON'T NEED GLASSES!” yelped Roger.

 

 

Captain Kaboodle, otherwise known as Roger, has to wear glasses. Roger works through his denial about having to wear "sturdy" and "sensible" glasses through an imaginary adventure through space. Humbug, an alien creature, tries to collect all the glasses in space and eat Roger, but Roger discovers that his glasses provide great protection. Ultimately, Roger accepts the glasses when he realizes how well he can see with them, and he continues to play out his imaginary adventures.

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     Barbara Todd's experience with special needs children has likely inspired this tale of adjustment. The bold, cartoonish illustrations by Rogé and the wacky fonts of the story convey fun and lightheartedness. Sometimes the story seems disjointed and does not flow as well as it could. In
fact, it is reminiscent of someone telling a story on the fly whereby details are thrown in at a whim but can act to pull away from the true story line.

     Nevertheless, Roger Gets Carried Away will provide new eye-glass wearers with some reassurance while enjoying the zany pictures and the funny story.

Recommended.

Christina Neigel is an Instructor at the University College of the Fraser Valley for the Library and Information Technology Program in Abbotsford, BC.

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