Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses?

Children - Concept
32 Pages
Reviewed on 09/20/2011
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Author Biography

Rhonda has been writing stories and poetry all of her life. Rhonda is a classically trained pianist who attended college at the Eastman School of Music, U of R in Rochester, NY. Rhonda won first place in a New York Piano Competition with 200 of the finest pianists in the country in 1980. She also designed the music curricula for pre-school children for 10 years through Marywood College in PA, and studied journalism at the University of New Mexico.

Rhonda was hired to write children’s stories for the Los Angeles Times kids section. She writes articles for American Chronicles, World News, WP News, Associated Content, World Sentential, and the Times Herald in NY. She is a professional book reviewer for all major publishing houses and self publishers. Rhonda has held writing workshops in Philadelphia, PA. Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 1,000 print and online publications. She is the CEO and founder of Whim Publishing in 2008, and author of the award-winning book Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses?

    Book Review

Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Readers' Favorite

Rhonda Fischer is a name you will want to remember. She is the author of the Randy Kazandy series. Randy is an adorable little boy who needs glasses. Although Randy sees two of everything without his glasses he still does not want to wear them. In fact, he does everything he can get rid of them, but his mother always has a spare pair ready. Just when Randy thinks he has destroyed every pair, his doctor delivers more. Randy’s father tells him that he also needs to wear glasses, which changes Randy's perception of them and he decides that wearing glasses isn’t so bad after all.

There are three major elements in this book: the message, the format, and the illustrations. The message in this one we all need to learn--it is okay to be different. From Personal experience, I know children do not like to be different. Whether it is glasses, height, weight, etc., we all want to fit in. Both children and adults will cherish the message. The format of this book is a delightful prose. The words dance across the page as if in a magical musical parade. Children love lyrical prose. They will ask to read this book over and over. I saved the best for last…the illustrations. Artist Kim Sponaugle is a master of her art. The colors are bright and cheerful, the drawings are exquisite and quickly draw children into the story. I put this tale to the ultimate test…grandchildren. Four year old Maddix loved this book, he understood the plot and asked me to read it to him again. Of course I agreed. Fischer and Sponaugle made quite a team and an excellent book! If you are having trouble reading this review, maybe its time you visited the fun Dr. Bee!

Sarah Fischer

A book proven to bring smiles on a child's face and fun to read over and over again. Interviewed by People's magazine, Randy Kazandy tends to be that half-pint hero who makes individuals feel wonderful about themselves!Including me! Love that book!

Brett Stephens

What, what, what??? Randy Kazandy is a story about me! How did the author know I did all those things with my glasses??
So touching and memorable. I know getting glasses very young is tough, tough, tough! Where was Randy when I could of used him to lean on. When kids use to take my glasses and throw them in the field, was terrible for a first grader. I hope Randy Kazandy embraces all kids with and without glasses. We need little heroes to help with our band-aid moments, young and old. Bravo!

Former First Lady Laura B

Congratulations on Randy Kazandy's release! I admire your commitment to writing children's books with positive messages. You have my best wishes for the success of Randy Kazandy's first adventure and for those to come!

Laura Bush

Congratulations on Randy Kazandy's release! I admire your commitment to writing children's books with positive messages. You have my best wishes for the success of Randy Kazandy's first adventure and for those to come!

Dr. Michael Kostura

Endearing and genuine, Randy Kazandy is a character that every glasses-wearing child will relate to and draw inspiration from. His story doesn’t hide or minimize the negative emotions that a child goes through when getting glasses for the first time. Instead, it shows how one little boy rises above them, finding courage and joy.

Randy will make all the children out there who don’t wear glasses feel left out!

Beverly Spencer, MS

Children can not learn to read if the words appear jumbled and he or she can not make any sense of what they just read.
Vision problems in children not only affect their learning but their development, playing, socialization and self esteem.
Undetected childhood vision problems are one of the most common hidden disabilities and a major reason for low self esteem in children who are performing poorly. Brilliantly Randy Kazandy conquers the fears and inhibitions that wearing glasses might create for a child. The book ends triumphantly with the raising of the child’s self esteem as he is able to see a whole new world through his wonderful new glasses!

Bob Estrin-Concert Pianis

“It is so refreshing to have Randy Kazandy, a character with flaws and doubts kids can relate to. With colorful graphics and musically metered prose, Randy captures the reader with an uplifting message of overcoming obstacles. Way to go Randy!”

Mary Wegher- Library Spe.

I wanted to let you know I read Randy Kazandy to all of my first and second graders in the library. They LOVED it! I had a couple of classes who applauded at the end of the story. It led to a great discussion about glasses, and we have several kids who wear them, so it was super! Great job! All in all, the reaction to the book was wonderful. Here are some kids' comments:

"I liked it! I liked all the ways he tried to get rid of his glasses."
"It was a good book."
"I liked all the parts."
"I liked the rhyme."
"It was great!"
"I liked that the kid got glasses, because I have glasses."
"It's really funny."
"It has conversation in it."
"It was super-duper great because the doctor came to his house."
"I like that he smashed the glasses."
"I like when he put the glasses on the baby's head."
"I like when he decided to keep the glasses."
"Thank you for writing such a great book. My favorite now!"
"Randy is my hero." Yea! Randy!
"Can't wait for the next book to come out."
"I want Randy glasses!"

Teacher comment to her class-- "She did a good job of showing, not telling."

The only negative comment they had was that the cover didn't match the story--he never put his glasses on the dog. I know other books do that, but they were quite upset about this!!

It went very well. Congrats! They are excited to see Randy Kazandy once it is a "real book," (this made a great two part lesson on how books are made!) and we would love to get a copy!

Mary Wegher- Librarian

In rhythmic, rhyming verse, Rhonda Fischer tells the story of Randy Kazandy, a boy who needs glasses but sure doesn't want them! Children will delight in the amusing antics of Randy as he tries to get rid of his glasses in the most peculiar ways. Children will find a hero in Randy, and wear their glasses with pride. A great read for students with--and without--glasses.

Dr. Douglas Mazzuca

"A delightful, compelling story! Its moral makes parenting and childhood a little easier especially involving those with obstacles, whether big or small."

Books for Young Readers

Randy Kazandy would be an effective, noteworthy and delightful picture book for those ages who minds and hearts are constantly receptive to imagining , fantasizing and pictorial learning experiences. The scripts lines are musical and move rhythmically in
accordance with motor skills at this young age. A story all children will love.

Accord Publishing

This I believe is the best self-published book we have ever seen! Very beautifully done!

Parenting Magazine

"For many children, getting the news, 'you need glasses,' can be traumatizing. But adorable Randy Kazandy reminds kids (and Parents) that putting on your first pair of specs is not only an adventure, it opens up a whole new world. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully told, this book is a must-read for any child, bespectacled or not,"

The New York Times

"A perfect cornerstone for building self-esteem”

Sharon McCubbin, M.Ed, NB

"Ms. Fischer's book couldn't come at a more appropriate time with its beautifully expressed lesson about acceptance. Randy, the book's delightful main character, is sure to appeal to children's universal sense of humor and fun, while celebrating life's challenges and adventures. The message is a valuable one for everyone, but especially for kids. Simply put: " I can overcome challenges and I love being me!"

James Fry

Oh, the best book ever. My kids want to hear it every single night. We laugh and we Love Randy Kazandy!

Cindy Smith

Randy Kazandy helped my son with transition into his new glasses? He use to hide them before we got the book. Now he wears his glasses with a smile on his face and Randy Kazandy is now under his pillow where he keeps things he loves. He kisses Randy Kazandy every night. Please make a Randy Kazandy doll. We would LOVE That! Kudos to Rhonda Fischer for making parenting much easier, especially if a child needs glasses!