Harold Peabody & The Magic Glasses

Children - Audiobook
146 Pages
Reviewed on 05/14/2019
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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Harold Peabody & The Magic Glasses by Dawn Kopman Whidden and O.M. Faye is a fiction audiobook about a boy named Harold who has a dream. Harold dreams of being like his Navy Seal father, yet that dream is near impossible due to sight impairment. Harold’s life is forever changed when a bully destroys his glasses and he has to get a new pair. Harold now has the ability to see a person’s greatest fear. Will this power lead Harold to losing himself in revenge against those who wronged him or will he overcome his thirst for revenge in order to become a hero?

Harold Peabody & The Magic Glasses is a well-written story that includes a valuable lesson about bullying wrapped up in a compelling tale. As an adult, I feel this book is well suited for a child audience as children could better connect with Harold based on his age, yet I found myself unwilling to stop listening. I felt compelled to learn if Harold would be more of a hero or a villain by the end of the audiobook. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this story and I would love to hear more from these authors in the future.

Harold Peabody & The Magic Glasses was narrated by Damien Alameda. Mr. Alameda was a well-chosen narrator for this book as he managed to perfectly capture the different characters. I found he did an especially good job with Harold’s point of view as his voice drew me into Harold’s innermost thoughts. I feel that listening to this book would truly help children to enjoy the story as Mr. Alameda’s voice allows the listener to close their eyes and form a clear picture in their mind of the events as they unfold.