I received this book, and was invited to this blog tour, courtesy of Kate Ormand/publisher.
Normally I only do a review, but this is a blog tour, and so I will first post my review, and then I got some fun things about the book, the author, and I got a pawtastic giveaway to share with you all!
Here is the blog tour banner, then you can also check out other people who will join/have joined in this Blog Tour.
I already heard about this book several times, so imagine my delight when I got a mail about this blog tour. Yep, I book shimmied, I fangirled, I squealed. This book just looked so much fun, and I was delighted that I was picked to be featured on the blog tour with a review!
Because of my vacation I was a bit busy, but I found a time and spot to relax and read this one, and boy, I loved it.
I normally am not a big fan of dogs who can talk (even if it is a few words), especially in a book that doesn’t really feature magic, or worlds with only animals, but I do have to say that I liked the fact that Douglas did it. It made that last scene even more awesome, gave it way more impact, and I have to confess I did cry a few tears because I was so happy. Not only for Douglas, but also for Nancy, and everyone else.
Douglas was a great character, though I had a laugh because of how near-sighted he was. Sorry if that sounds mean, but it was just too funny to see him talk to a coat/hat/shoes because he thought it was his owner, or that he would just chase a leaf thinking it was a squirrel. He even turned up at someone else’s house and ate the dog’s food there because he thought he was at home. 😀 Of course I also felt sorry for Douglas, he didn’t even notice that he wasn’t doing the right things.
He must be really happy, and he should feel lucky, with such an owner as Nancy. Who already knew Douglas wasn’t seeing much, but when things really started to escalate knew she had to do something. And she did the sweetest thing she could have done, she brought Douglas to a store to have his eyes checked (and I just laughed so much at what Douglas saw in those images, dinosaurs, oh my!).
The story was really heartwarming, and with each passing page you will love the characters more and more (or at least I did).
The art is absolutely gorgeous and I just couldn’t stop looking at the pages. The colours fitted with the story (and also the seasons that were taking place at the moment) perfectly.
All in all, this is one book I would really highly recommend. I can imagine it would be a good read for kids who need glasses but don’t want them. To show them what wonderful experience it will be.
Some information on the book:
Meet Douglas, a dog with a big problem: he needs eyeglasses but doesn’t know it, and his bad eyesight tends to land him in some pretty hairy situations.
Readers will laugh along with the new picture book character Douglas as he chases a leaf that he mistakes for a squirrel, walks through wet cement because he can’t see the warning sign, and annoys the neighbor’s dog by mistakenly eating out of his bowl. And when Douglas’s owner Nancy finally takes him to what is clearly an eyeglass store and Douglas asks, “Why are you taking me to a shoe store?” everyone will be giggling.
After an eye exam confirms that Douglas needs glasses, and Nancy helps him find the perfect pair, readers will rejoice with Douglas as he sees all the amazing things he’s been missing!
Both kids and parents will laugh out loud—and may even recognize themselves!—while reading this utterly irresistible, hilarious picture book.
Some information on the author:
Ged Adamson is a writer and illustrator. His first two books, Elsie Clarke And The Vampire Hairdresser and Meet The McKaws, are both published by Sky Pony Press. A third, Douglas, You Need Glasses!, will be published in May 2016 by Random House. He sees two books published in 2017 – Shark Dog in Summer 2017 and published by HarperCollins and I Want to Grow will be released in Fall 2017 by Boyds Mill Press.
His cartoons have appeared in magazines such as Punch and Prospect, in books and on film. He’s been a storyboard artist and a caricaturist. He also works as a composer for TV and film. He lives in London with his partner Helen and their son Rex.
And lastly the giveaway!
a Rafflecopter giveaway