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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Cool Kids Wear Glasses by Teddy O'Malley is a cute little story revolving around Mandy Harper who is a cool kid. She has three friends, Kimberlea, Paris and Tasha. According to Mandy, cool kids do not wear glasses and now she realizes she might have to wear glasses. Mandy is sad that she won't be a cool kid anymore. Mandy wants to skip the eye test, but as the story progresses readers see a change in Mandy. From being a bully of sorts, Mandy sees what really makes a child cool and discovers her vulnerable side in the process. More than just being a bully, the story shows how naive Mandy is when it comes to deciding what is cool and uncool.
It's a beautiful storybook that conveys a good message to young readers. The illustrations are colorful and they give pace and movement to the story and breathe life into the characters. The author handles the topic of bullying in a very subtle way, highlighting the sensitive side of kids. The story is also about the transformation of a little girl who does behave like a bully at times. The book is a fun read for kids and it will make a good bedtime storybook. Parents and grandparents can read it out to their kids and grandkids. The book can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and libraries. The characters in the story are also unique and well developed and the book will help kids fight against bullying if it happens to them.