Paul Needs Specs

words by Bernard Cohen, pictures by Geoff Kelly


"Has the world gone fuzzy, Sal?"
Paul dropped balls, spilled milk and tripped over his toys.
Had the world gone fuzzy, or did his sister Sal know something he didn't?
Cohen and Kelly tell an eye-bending story.

"This picture book for young readers is a riot of colour from cover to cover…Geoff Kelly has developed a fine reputation as a children's book illustrator, but this is award-winning adult writer Bernard Cohen's first picture book. It draws on his own childhood experience of needing glasses, is written from a the sympathetic older sister's perspective and it rings true." — Margaret Hamilton, Australian Bookseller and Publisher

Parents wishing to soothe the anxieties of their child who is getting glasses for the first time might appreciate a new release from Kane/Miller. Paul Needs Specs tells the tale of a young boy who, after tripping over his toys, must pay a visit to the optometrist. Wacky illustrations depict what happens when Paul tries on glasses to see which pair suits him best. And for Paul, seeing is believing. — Pamela Brill, Playthings (US)

“This brightly coloured picture book oozes fun and playfulness, while discussing an issue many school-aged children have had to deal with, that of getting glasses.” — Magpies (Australia)

"This is an exceptional text… The story is effective, timely and very relevant, told in a sensitive and engaging way. The way the print reflects meaning is excellent, giving children another strategy to decode print." — Caroline Barratt-Pugh, Early Childhood Education, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Westerrn Australia

This hard-back picture book speaks imaginatively to infants and primary school-age readers of the reasons why glasses can
be helpful when your world begins to look strange.
As told to us by his older sister Sally, this is the story of Paul who begins to notice that everything in his bedroom is getting just a little bit fuzzy and blurry…
A trip to the eye doctor confirms wise Sally's tip that Paul needs glasses. But Paul finds looking at the world through lenses takes some getting used to. And learning to feel comfortable with your new face is another hurdle.
"But as you can see," proud Sally beams, "the specs look good. And I'm his sister so I should know."
Cohen's first picture book for children is a simple, playfully told story filled with descriptive words that are creatively
arranged within the garishly coloured illustrations. Illustrator Kelly has a wild and funky style that exaggerates to amusing effect the world as seen through young Paul's eyes.
Newcastle Herald