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Boris's Glasses

by Peter Cohen

Hardcover, 28 pages

Published by R & S Books (2003-09-08)

List Price: $15.00

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Amazon Description

One evening when Boris is watching television, he notices that the picture looks blurry. The repairman who comes over tells him that the problem is not the television but, rather, Boris's eyesight. A trip to the eye doctor confirms the diagnosis – Boris is an astigmatic. How important this sounds! When he gets his glasses, a whole new world unveils itself to him. Boris decides to get a job with his "talent" and starts work at the radio factory as a foreman. However, nothing turns out as Boris expects in this sweet story enlivened by Olof Landström’s sprightly cartoon-like illustrations.

One Potato Review

Not beautiful or anything, but wise and laconic in a Swedish sort of way. The two-dimensional pictures and present-tense narrative mask a zanier sensibility: Boris boasts of his astigmatism as though it’s some form of exotic pedigree, and takes a job in the plug department of a radio factory “because if you can’t plug the radio in no music will come out.” Whatever lesson there is to be learned at the end of his self-discovery never interferes with the entertainment, indeed the overall effect is of listening to a story told by someone who doesn’t even know he’s funny. 

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