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Harold Peabody & the Magic Glasses

Narrated by: Damien Alameda
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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Summary

Harold dreams of being a hero like his father, a Navy SEAL, but - he is what you might call an easy target. He’s short, he’s almost legally blind, and he’s the new kid in town! When the biggest bully in school smashes Harold’s glasses and he has to get a new pair, something amazing happens. 

Suddenly, Harold can see anyone’s greatest fear. Do you know what this means? R-E-V-E-N-G-E. And it has never tasted so sweet. 

One by one, Harold is going to make bullies pay. But in the end, what if Harold becomes the villain in the story...instead of the hero?

©2018 Dawn Kopman Whidden (P)2018 Dawn Kopman Whidden

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Warm-hearted story, great narration

I found this to be a sweet, warm-hearted little adventure, perfect for kids and entertaining enough for adults, with a powerful message and a host of colourful characters. The narration by Damien Alameda was spot on and very easy to listen to. I’m very much hoping this will turn into a series - Harold’s friends and neighbours have only just begun to show their potential - and mum could do with some good news, too, maybe a better job, even a new man? I’m definitely ready for some more Caribbean magic!

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An enjoyable story of growing and maturing.

I enjoyed Harold's experience and courage as he grew into a good friend. Loved the accents.

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not just for teens

Harold dreams of being a hero like his father, a Navy SEAL laugh so much I really enjoyed the story its not just for teens

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A lovely short story

A delightful tale about bullies and being the best you can be. This is a great story for any child who has been bullied.

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How sweet is revenge?

There is no shortage of books about bullying and teaching bullies a lesson; where this book is different is that it recognises that revenge is not necessarily the answer, that there is a fine line between that and becoming a bully yourself. The books I've previously read (listened to) by Dawn Kopman Whidden were crime novels, so this is an interesting diversion from that, an excellent children's book with a powerful moral. Aimed at age 8 and up, The central character, Harold is a bit insecure and has to wear thick glasses, without which he is almost blind. He has recently lost his Dad, a navy SEAL, and he and his mother have to leave the forces accommodation and move back to her home town. It's a lot for a young boy to handle and he is very nervous about starting at a new school. Happily, he makes some great friends at his new school and he settles in well, but there is a small group of bullies who start to notice him. You will have to read the book to find out what happens - or find a youngster to read it to and share the pleasure. I was listening to the audiobook, and enjoyed the narrator, Damien Alameda, who made an excellent job of all the voices. I also had the opportunity to see the cute illustrations at the start of the chapters in the printed copy, which would be great if this were being read out loud. This is a book that should find its way on to the shelves of school libraries and be shared by teachers with their classes. It would certainly make for some interesting discussion.

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great story

This is a great short read about a boy called Harold who has had to move with his mum from California to Louisiana as his Army dad has passed a\way and the army have kicked them out of their house. They move back to where his mum used to live and move into an apartment where his mum's old babysitter lives. The book is a bit slow to start with as it has to build the scenes and show that Harold is getting bullied, but still makes some nice friends. Once the book picks up it is great as you aren't sure how it will end. Overall it is a good read, which kept me hooked, although more could have been done involving his strange neighbour. Hopefully a sequel will come out with him getting into more adventures.

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A wonderful book!

I'm a Primary teacher and as such am always on the lookout for great books to share with the youngsters. I listened to this as an audiobook and absolutely loved it. The narrator is perfect for the story. There are lots of themes running through the book - bullying, loss, friendship, moving house, single parents etc so it is perfect for discussing issues with slightly older kids. That aside it is just a really well-written and enjoyable story. I will look forward to reading (or listening) to more books by this author.

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Fabulous

I’ve read this now listened to the audiobook and it is fab! Great narrator who really gets the story going. I really do love this tale & its a great gift whether audio, ebook or paperback for the kids in your life! A good story about bullying & its effects & how to deal or not deal. Kids & adults will adore this boy

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  • Rebecca
  • 14-01-19

Really enjoyed this!!!!!

I listened to this with my son. He has had issues with bullies during most of his time at school. It really gave a different perspective, and I would say this should be listened to or read by al school age children.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 30-12-18

Divine

Full disclosure; I am not in the intended audience age group for Harold Peabody and nor do I have appropriately aged offspring. I originally read Harold because I am in awe of Dawn Kopman Whidden's word craftsmanship. She takes a seemingly ordinary selection of locutions, spins her own distinct brand of alchemy and creates a tale of nuance and depth that draws the reader in and keeps them fully absorbed. I loved Harold, what a great hero he is. Ably supported by a nurturing cast of captivating characters the story whips along wrapping you up tighter and warmer with every word. When the opportunity to listen to Harold presented itself, even though I'd read the book, I am not a fool and grabbed the audio book to my heart. Exquisite elocution by Damien Alameda turned this children's book into two and a half hours of joy, endearment and tenderness. Absolutely wonderful.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 10-01-19

Harold Peabody and the Magic Glasses

What a great book. I listened to this with my daughter who has had the misfortune of being bullied before and this book opened up so many conversation points to discuss with her. This book should be a mandatory read in schools to hopefully open up the children’s eyes as to what bullying really is and hopefully give someone the strength to open up and tell someone if they are being bullied themselves.

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  • sherry Christenson
  • 10-04-20

Great Message delivered in an entertaining way

Wonderfully entertaining! Great characters with a story that delivers a message of message of school bullies. The narration is perfect, he moved in and out of characters so perfectly and his Jamaican accents were perfect. Very entertaining.

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  • Katharoo
  • 23-11-19

Wow, such an amazing message in this book!

I was gifted this book, even though I have no children, I asked to hear the audiobook version. I have a niece who is a single parent with a daughter of her own and recently has taken on a foster child who is going through bullying and I know that this book will be so helpful to them that I believe that I will buy the paperback for them. Dawn Kopman Whidden this is an amazing book and you are a wonderful person to have created this story and I believe all children should read it or hear it. Damien Alameda was wonderful In this audiobook version and he is a new narrator to me, but I will be seeking out more by him and by this author. Please buy this audiobook or book for your children, it contains a beautiful message.

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  • Wanda
  • 18-10-19

Wonderful lesson

Definatly a story on bullying, Great short story for children to learn that bullying is not the way to go. Just because you are the victim when the tables are turned doesnt mean that you should give what you received. I received this free of charge from the author or narrator for an honest review.

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  • leigh sharpe
  • 16-10-19

Fun story...GREAT message!

This was a fun little story indeed! I think it would be so easy to get caught up in revenge. You spend your whole life being "the little guy" and finally you get to have revenge. Sometimes revenge doesn't taste as sweet as we think it will. I loved all the characters in this book...Harold's Mom is so kind and supportive...all the neighbors...just a really good listen. It was nice to see Harold "find himself" he really does have a pure heart.

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  • KsFarmer
  • 16-09-19

Excellent for YA readers

This should be required reading for all middle school students. It is easy to become a bully after you have been treated that way by others. It can be an eye opener to see your own actions in the magic mirror. The narrator was excellent. He clearly defined the characters. I received this book free in return for an honest review. I plan to buy this book for my middle school granddaughter.

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  • Rich Linville
  • 15-09-19

You Can Make a Difference about Bullying

This is a story about bullying that children can relate to. The narrator uses different voices perfectly. Highly recommended.

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  • Annie
  • 12-09-19

good message

I liked the message the story was telling. i really felt for the characters and found myself speaking out loud to parts. but i really disliked the narrator. He was very rushed at times and had long gaps between chapters that had me looking to my phone thinking i had a message or something.

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