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

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.

Katey Lee

As part of my first grade author study we read Ezra Jack Keats. This one really captivates my students. I think it's because of all the connections they can make. 1) Building forts/playing the dirt 2)Bullies 3)Finding cool things can really just make your day!


“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.


This is a quick fun read. The magic in this book is in its illustration. There is not much of a storyline to it, but it is easy and entertaining. Good to use as a read aloud for younger children.


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.


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 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.

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


**** Caldecott Honor (1970) ****I had this book as a child and really liked it. I remember it was one of my favorites. I liked the imagery and how it conveyed such colorful scenes of dismal reality. In the end, they outwit the big boys and "Things look real fine now.""They sure do."Yes... They sure do

Kathryn Hogan

It was an ok story about how there is usually a way of making it through any situation with friendship. It also deals with bullying and showing how one can aviod conflit. The book was mild to me and not very intresting. It showed cultural diversity. I would not suggest or read to a classroom.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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