ISBN: 0140564403
ISBN 13: 9780140564402
By: Ezra Jack Keats

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Generations of children have read, re-read, and loved Ezra Jack Keats?s award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends. Now, for the first time, Peter?s Chair, A Letter to Amy, and Goggles! are available in paperback exclusively from Puffin. ?A well-loved character, a familiar childhood situation, and an urban setting are the components of this winning picture book, one of Keats?s best.? -- Booklist Ezra Jack Keats (1916?1983) was the beloved author and/or illustrator of over eighty-five books for children.

Reader's Thoughts


Probably my favorite kid's book of all time. Just a bunch of kids wandering around doing a whole lotta nothing and having a grand ole adventure. I want to be there everytime I read it.


As always, Ezra Jack Keats is utterly compelling with his multi-media illustrations, in this case, of two little boys and their dog at play int their dark and foreboding projects-playground. Together, these young three out-wit a group of big-boy bullies--but it's a close call, and a stark, honest window into the play-time scenery of kids living in impoverished conditions. What's beautiful of course, is that, what with their ability to be resourceful, creative and clever, they're still able to be kids, no matter how bleak their backdrop.


Published: 1998Genre/Form: Picture Book (realistic fiction)Theme: BullyingSummary: A pair of motorcycle goggles causes a lot of problems for a coupld of boys as they are bullied and have to find a way to escape them and keeep the goggles.

Diana Pettis

Cute story about a boy and how he feels about his goggles. Goggles is a great vocabulary word as well when reading this aloud to children. Guided Reading Level: L This is a good book to use to teach many skills in guided reading. It was published in 1965 so I am not sure how many copies are around of it.


Two friends discover a pair of goggles then have to creatively avoid a group of naughty older boys that wish to take their cool eye wear for themselves.


Peter and his friend Archie find some old motorcycle goggles, but then have to outwit some bullies who try to steal the goggles. So far no other Ezra Jack Keats book is as magical for me as The Snowy Day. Of course reading these books for the first time as an adult just isn't the same as rereading a beloved book from your childhood. The illustrations here are textured and interesting in a very good way. This definitely deserves its Caldecott honor.


“Goggles” is a Caldecott Honor Book by Ezra Jack Keats and it is about how Peter and Archie manage to outwit a gang of bullies who tried to steal their goggles. “Goggles” is a great book about how to deal with bullies, but it does have a scene of violence that might worry small children. Ezra Jack Keats does an excellent job with the story as he makes it exciting and intense at the same time. Ezra Jack Keats relates a child’s fear of getting bullied in this book as the two main characters face some bullies and they are bullied into trying to give up the goggles, which they found first. The situation in which Peter and Archie are involved in is realistic for most children who face bullies and therefore children will often find themselves feeling sympathy for Peter and Archie as they try to deal with the bullies the best way they know how, which is trying to outwit them towards the end of the book. Ezra Jack Keats’ illustrations are beautiful and dramatic at the same time as he displays Peter and Archie as two innocent looking children who just wanted to have fun. The image that probably stood out the most was the image of the older boys as they are often shown in the shadows, which gives them the perfect menacing look. “Goggles” is an impressive book for children who want to learn how to outwit bullies rather than hurt bullies and will be an exciting book for children who love drama and action. I would recommend this book for children ages five and up since smaller children might worry about the scene of violence involving Peter and the bullies.


This is a really nice early adventure story for the picture book set, especially for early readers who are just getting into the groove of how interesting reading can be. Archie and Peter have to get moving quickly when a group of bullies threatens to swipe the goggles that Peter found while digging near the dump. The boys aren't without a secret weapon in the sleek form of Peter's dog Willie, though, whose speed and loyalty to his owner are assets that the bullies can't easily neutralize. The ensuing adventure is simple, of course, but should keep the attention of any reader, and that's not a humdrum accomplishment for a story of this brevity. I love the fact that the kids in the book are digging around by a dump, an unsanitized scene that just wouldn't likely be found in picture books first published today. Ezra Jack Keats lets his characters have their real-life situations and gives them room to grow within them, and that naturality makes for an uncommon richness that is, really, the primary charm in his books.

Christine Turner

Two boys must outsmart the neighborhood bullies before they can enjoy their new treasure, a pair of lensless motorcycle goggles.www.hcpl.net


While I had heard of the author, I had never heard of this book, nor the fact that it had won a 1970 Caldecott Honor award. This is a continuation of the Peter story, started in "The Snowy Day." Peter and his best friend Archie are playing in the city, when they find a pair of motorcycle goggles, which they think are super cool. On the way over to Archie's house, they run into a gang of older boys who demand the goggles, but with some quick thinking thanks to Archie and his dog Willie, they manage to escape the boys with the prize. This is a good book about dealing with bullies. Recommended for ages 4-7, 3 stars.


The illustrations for this book were fairly neat, but I really didn't care for the story all that much, I thought it was a little disjointed and didn't really flow very well.*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2008...

Brienz Wilkening

This is a very good story about a boy, his dog, and his friend and their adventure of getting his motorcycle goggles back from the older boys. The iris rations in this book are phenomenal and full of life and color. In this book there are mixture of arts used. Some different types of paint, news paper pieces, and some pencile. This is a fun easy read for younger students.

Amy Olson

Ezra Keats has written a lot of great children's books, making him a great unit to do an author study on. Goggles! illustrations will draw students in pulling them into participating in reading activities. A writing activity for students could be about a time they found something cool, what did you find?, where did you find it? Writing activities can prompt students into moving into their own direction but by providing them with a prompt offers students that are struggling as early writers.


Peter finds some motorcycle goggles in a dump that him and his friend Archie like to play in. Big boys want the goggles for themselves and the 2 boys almost get into a fight. Willie the dog saves the day when he snatches up the goggles and runs away the big boys trailing after him. The 2 boys and Willie all reunite in their secret gathering place after they outsmart the big boys. Art consists of paintings with found objects incorporated into them giving the art a mix between paintings and collages.


This book is about two little boys, Archie and Peter and their dog, Willie who find a pair of motorcycle goggles. A group of older boys come along and try to take them from them, but Peter stands up to the boys and drops the goggles when he is hit and falls to the ground. Willie his dog picks up the goggles and takes off with them. All of the older boys take off after the dog. Archie and Peter separate and meet at their secret hiding spot where Willie soon appears. They distract the older boys and quickly run to Archie’s house. Uses:Teaching children about bullying and discussing charaters emotions

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