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Informative and Engaging
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Extraordinary Eyeglasses is an informative book that takes readers through the history of eyeglasses. This book is jam-packed with information from learning about what different countries call eyeglasses to what an optical illusion is.

What I Liked: Despite the book's wealth of information, I didn't feel overwhelmed when I was reading the pages. The font size is larger, making it easier for young readers to read, and the illustrations make it engaging. Illustrator Francois Vigneault's characters were diversely based, which I appreciated. The informative text was broken up with pages like Spot the Difference in Pictures and comics depicting Beryl and the Superpowered Spectacles. In addition to learning all kinds of random facts, my 10-year-old son felt proud to wear glasses.

What Left Me Wanting More:  This book would be a fantastic addition to a classroom or school library. We need more engaging nonfiction books. However, I believe that the book's connect-the-dots and mazes limit it to being a book for individual readers versus a library book because it requires readers to complete activities in it.

Extraordinary Eyeglasses is a middle grade nonfiction book that I recommend to elementary and middle school readers.
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