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Harold Peabody & the Magic Glasses

Narrated by: Damien Alameda
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Harold dreams of being a hero like his father, a Navy SEAL, but - he is what you might call an easy target. He’s short, he’s almost legally blind, and he’s the new kid in town! When the biggest bully in school smashes Harold’s glasses and he has to get a new pair, something amazing happens. 

Suddenly, Harold can see anyone’s greatest fear. Do you know what this means? R-E-V-E-N-G-E. And it has never tasted so sweet. 

One by one, Harold is going to make bullies pay. But in the end, what if Harold becomes the villain in the story...instead of the hero?

©2018 Dawn Kopman Whidden (P)2018 Dawn Kopman Whidden

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Really enjoyed this!!!!!

I listened to this with my son. He has had issues with bullies during most of his time at school. It really gave a different perspective, and I would say this should be listened to or read by al school age children.

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Divine

Full disclosure; I am not in the intended audience age group for Harold Peabody and nor do I have appropriately aged offspring. I originally read Harold because I am in awe of Dawn Kopman Whidden's word craftsmanship. She takes a seemingly ordinary selection of locutions, spins her own distinct brand of alchemy and creates a tale of nuance and depth that draws the reader in and keeps them fully absorbed. I loved Harold, what a great hero he is. Ably supported by a nurturing cast of captivating characters the story whips along wrapping you up tighter and warmer with every word. When the opportunity to listen to Harold presented itself, even though I'd read the book, I am not a fool and grabbed the audio book to my heart. Exquisite elocution by Damien Alameda turned this children's book into two and a half hours of joy, endearment and tenderness. Absolutely wonderful.

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Harold Peabody and the Magic Glasses

What a great book. I listened to this with my daughter who has had the misfortune of being bullied before and this book opened up so many conversation points to discuss with her. This book should be a mandatory read in schools to hopefully open up the children’s eyes as to what bullying really is and hopefully give someone the strength to open up and tell someone if they are being bullied themselves.

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Harold Peabody is the new Junie B. Jones

First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

My little one (and even me) loved this kids book. Its a male version of Junie B. Jones.

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TERRIFIC!

I absolutely loved it! The narration was excellent. I will keep you entertained. The author does an excellent job with the characters and plot. This book should be read by all children as well as adults! I have read quite a few books by this author and really enjoy her writing style. I look forward to reading more of her books. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Round about lessons on bullying

This was an interesting stray in genres for Whidden. I'm not familiar with O.M. Faye's work but Whidden's usual style is based on a gritty crime series. Having that in mind, I approached this cautiously. I realize the audience is kids 8-10 so I made some preliminary adjustments to my expectations of content. I felt the writing WAS appropriately simplified for a kid audience but there were a few instances were a phrase or vernacular was used that I felt a kid that age just wouldn't get. Again, nothing screamingly obvious though. I've got my critiquer's ears on right now so I'm looking for those kinds of things.

That said, the narrator did a fantastic job with the voices in bringing to life Harold and the wonderful characters in the story. Harold and his mom move across the country to start a new life after his Navy SEAL father passes away. Harold's mother takes them to a town from her childhood so she's familiar with the Old Creole(?) woman nextdoor. Harold isn't the popular outgoing kid he wished he was and has a hard time making friends. After coming to the new school he makes some new friends but also inadvertently becomes the target of the school bullies. Harold must determine how to handle the bullying and ends up crossing some lines along the way learning some tough lessons in the process. The introduction of his new magic glasses give it a bit of a supernatural flavor and its subtle enough that it doesn't feel goofy or preposterous. The story is peppered with a few pets which gives the story some added charm for kids listening.

I've been the unpopular kid who's been bullied from time to time, and I've raised a child who dealt with bullying too so it's a theme that resonates for many of us. You want to feel for Harold and you want to root for him even when he's crossing over to the dark side so to speak but you hope he does the right thing in the end. The glasses and the mysterious legends of the south add a whimsy to the story that's relevant to the intended audience.

While the story is definitely relevant to grammar school kids, some of the vocabulary and dialogue doesn't always emulate how kids would talk or be talked to at that age so I'm curious how a grade school child might receive the story.

The moral of the story is obvious but the point isn't driven home in a finger-waggy kind of way. It's a nice way to say, you can become a bully without even intending to....always be mindful to how you treat others. Revenge is never a means to an end.

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Enjoyable, quick read

This was a enjoyable, quick read that addresses bullying and being different. Each character had a unique voice, and the story shared a great message.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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This children’s audio book is a new must have in my library

A well written story about a bullied child. Having had a child that was bullied to the extreme, my heart broke for all the characters. So many lessons to be learned, taught in a way that makes it easy to comprehend.
The narrator kept ready engaged with his fun character voices. Very pleased with this one

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A Fun Story About Bullying

I had my kids (13,11 & 9 year old) read this one with me. Overall I felt it was a great story about a new kid in school and how he deals with bullying and then being given the power to exact revenge. My kids really enjoyed it as well. The only criticism was we all felt the narrator was a bit monotone at times.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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GREAT!!

I loved this audiobook!
I always love it when the bully gets what's coming to him... of course within reason ;)

I think this story is relatable to both children and adults alike. It has great lessons, and I think it's awesome!

Definitely recommended, enjoyed it :)

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  • KarenThornton
  • 06-23-19

A lovely short story

A delightful tale about bullies and being the best you can be. This is a great story for any child who has been bullied.

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  • jhanami
  • 05-16-19

Warm-hearted story, great narration

I found this to be a sweet, warm-hearted little adventure, perfect for kids and entertaining enough for adults, with a powerful message and a host of colourful characters. The narration by Damien Alameda was spot on and very easy to listen to.
I’m very much hoping this will turn into a series - Harold’s friends and neighbours have only just begun to show their potential - and mum could do with some good news, too, maybe a better job, even a new man? I’m definitely ready for some more Caribbean magic!

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  • DubaiReader
  • 04-29-19

How sweet is revenge?

There is no shortage of books about bullying and teaching bullies a lesson; where this book is different is that it recognises that revenge is not necessarily the answer, that there is a fine line between that and becoming a bully yourself.

The books I've previously read (listened to) by Dawn Kopman Whidden were crime novels, so this is an interesting diversion from that, an excellent children's book with a powerful moral. Aimed at age 8 and up,
The central character, Harold is a bit insecure and has to wear thick glasses, without which he is almost blind. He has recently lost his Dad, a navy SEAL, and he and his mother have to leave the forces accommodation and move back to her home town. It's a lot for a young boy to handle and he is very nervous about starting at a new school.
Happily, he makes some great friends at his new school and he settles in well, but there is a small group of bullies who start to notice him. You will have to read the book to find out what happens - or find a youngster to read it to and share the pleasure.

I was listening to the audiobook, and enjoyed the narrator, Damien Alameda, who made an excellent job of all the voices. I also had the opportunity to see the cute illustrations at the start of the chapters in the printed copy, which would be great if this were being read out loud.

This is a book that should find its way on to the shelves of school libraries and be shared by teachers with their classes. It would certainly make for some interesting discussion.

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  • Simon
  • 02-19-19

great story

This is a great short read about a boy called Harold who has had to move with his mum from California to Louisiana as his Army dad has passed a\way and the army have kicked them out of their house. They move back to where his mum used to live and move into an apartment where his mum's old babysitter lives.

The book is a bit slow to start with as it has to build the scenes and show that Harold is getting bullied, but still makes some nice friends. Once the book picks up it is great as you aren't sure how it will end.

Overall it is a good read, which kept me hooked, although more could have been done involving his strange neighbour. Hopefully a sequel will come out with him getting into more adventures.

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  • Liz Rev
  • 01-23-19

A wonderful book!

I'm a Primary teacher and as such am always on the lookout for great books to share with the youngsters. I listened to this as an audiobook and absolutely loved it.

The narrator is perfect for the story.

There are lots of themes running through the book - bullying, loss, friendship, moving house, single parents etc so it is perfect for discussing issues with slightly older kids. That aside it is just a really well-written and enjoyable story. I will look forward to reading (or listening) to more books by this author.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 12-21-18

Fabulous

I’ve read this now listened to the audiobook and it is fab! Great narrator who really gets the story going. I really do love this tale & its a great gift whether audio, ebook or paperback for the kids in your life!
A good story about bullying & its effects & how to deal or not deal. Kids & adults will adore this boy