Book Review: Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses?

RATING: 8 out of 10
Story written by: Rhonda Fischer
Have you ever had trouble getting your kids to try new things? I know I have. My children will do anything to get out of doing somthing they don’t like. Well, Rhonda Fischer wrote a story that covers this problem from angle to angle.
In the book Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses? Randy starts having trouble with his eyesight and has to get glasses. He has trouble accepting the way he looks in the glasses and tries to get rid of them. What he doesn’t realize is that his mother has several extra pairs of glasses for backup.
It is so funny to witness the struggle that Randy goes through as he tries to get rid of each pair of glasses and his mother just happily gives him a new pair. When he realizes that his mother is down to her last pair, he is ecstatic and thinks his boughts of glasses wearing are over. That is until the very friendly eye doctor comes with a present for Randy. Do you want to know what it is? I won’t spoil it for you. Buy the book and find out for yourself. The story ending is very sweet and has a happily ever after, the kind I like best.
Pros: This children’s book has a wonderful storyline and can easily be relatable to any kid who is trying something new that they are not sure about. It is very entertaining and would thoroughly be enjoyed by kids who read it or are read to. The illustrations are very well done and go along smoothly with the story. It is fun to watch the story develop and has a nice cheerful ending.
Cons: I felt that some of this story seemed very unrealistic. Being a book that rhymed throughout, it seemed some of the rhymes were just thrown together. Parts of the story didn’t seem to flow well with the rest of the storyline.
All in all this is a great book for young children with an excellent message. I would highly recommend giving this book a try.
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Randy Kazandy Where Are Your Glasses?
Written by Rhonda Fischer
Illustrated by Kim Sponaugle
$19.95 Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-9820163-0-5
Published by Whim Publishing
About the author: Rhonda Fischer lives in Santa Margarita, CA. She is a writer, musician, and educator. She wrote this book based on a real life experience. Her brother-in-law having been born cross-eyed had to wear corrective lenses at the age of 17 months. He tried to get out of wearing his glasses and had hard time accepting them. It took Rhonda 12 years to write this book and get it published.
Some of the excellent praise for this book:
Brilliantly Randy Kazandy conquers the fears and inhibitions that wearing glasses might create for a child. The book ends triumphantly with the raising of the child’s self esteem as he is able to see a whole new world through his wonderful new glasses!
Beverly Spencer, MS, Southern California College of Optometry, Director of External Clinical Relations
It is so refreshing to have Randy Kazandy, a character with flaws and doubts kids can relate to. With colorful graphics and musically metered prose, Randy captures the reader with an uplifting message of overcoming obstacles. Way to go Randy!
Bob Estrin, Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University. Founder/Composer, Living Piano.
A delightful, compelling story! Its moral makes parenting and childhood a little easier especially involving those with obstacles, whether big or small. Looking for hidden glasses throughout the book is a delight for kids.
Dr Douglas Mazzuca E DO, Mazzuca Eye & Laser Centers
In rhythmic, rhyming verse, Rhonda Fischer tells the story of Randy Kazandy, a boy who needs glasses but sure doesn’t want them! Children will delight in the amusing antics of Randy as he tries to get rid of his glasses in the most peculiar ways until he finally finds the very best place for them. A great read for students with–and without–glasses.
Mary Wegher – Master of Library Science, Gillette, WY
For many children, getting the news that “you need glasses” can be traumatizing. But adorable Randy Kazandy reminds kids (and parents) that putting on your first pair of specs is not only an adventure; it opens up a whole new world. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully told, this book is a must-read for any child—bespectacled or not.
Jennifer Cho Salaff – Editor, Parenting OC Magazine
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