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

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


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.


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.

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.


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.

Katie Fitzgerald

Read for #nerdcott. Reviewed in Caldecott Challenge Post #32: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/...


I've read other books by Ezra Jack Keats. I had expected this book to be on about the same reading level as the others, but the language is much simpler, with shorter sentences and fewer words per page. There's nothing wrong with that, but I was a little disappointed.It's possible this story may be a little scary for younger children, featuring as it does the imminent threat from the bullies who want to snatch things from smaller children. Peter and his friend rescue themselves very cleverly - and that's a wonderful message for kids! - but you should probably read this book before you buy it.


A classic Keats book about 2 boys who find a pair of motorcycle goggles while playing in an old abandoned lot. As they are trying to figure out what to do with them some older boys show up and demand the goggles. All of a sudden one of the boys is shoved and the goggles go flying. Quick as a flash the boys' dog grabs the goggles and runs! The 2 boys and the dog eventually meet up again and the bullies run off.


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


A great story in which the underdog (in this case, two boys and their dog) come out on top. Clever, well illustrated (as always in Keats' books!), and a solid story.


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.

Angela Alcorn

This whole series is depressing: Finding a useless trinket in a disused building site is grounds for getting beaten up by older kids who also want the trinket. That's a terrible life for all of the kids.


“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.

Katelyn Warner

* Fiction* A little violent* Good illustrations* Kids like it because it’s suspenseful; they likes making predictions

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