This week Caramel wanted to talk about a cute little book that was first published in 1987 and has been in the book bunnies library for a while now: The Boy With Square Eyes: A Tale of Televisionitis, by Juliet Snape and Charles Snape. Though the book itself is rather old, the issue of too much screen time has perhaps never been more relevant, as a large number of young people are moored to screens for hours on end during these days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marshmallow kindly agreed to taking notes and asking followup questions.
Marshmallow: So Caramel, what do you want to say about this book?
Caramel: It’s a fun book! The drawings are good.
M: What is this book about?
C: It’s about a boy who watched television all day and his eyes turned into squares. It’s a good book; you should read it.
M: Thanks, I have already read it! So, what do you think about the pictures?
C: They’re good, but in a few they’re blocky.
M: I think that that’s because he has square eyes now. Do you think that this book has a moral or a lesson that the authors were trying to teach to the reader?
C: Yeah, probably, it’s: “do not watch TV all the time!”
M: What do you think about the story?
C: It’s good! Really, really good!
M: What’s the main character’s name?
M: So, why is Charlie watching so much TV?
C: Who knows?
M: So here’s another question. Do you think that Televisionitis is a real thing?
C: No, it’s not.
M: I would think so. Anyways, tell me more about this book.
C: The Boy With Square Eyes is about a boy who watches too much TV.
M: So, do his eyes get fixed?
C: You’ll have to find out by yourself if you read the book.
M: Who is your favorite character?
C: In this book?
C: Well there are only three people who talk in the book: Charlie, his mom, and the doctor.
M: Okay then. Never mind. So then which picture is your favorite picture in the book?
C: They were all good. It’s going to be hard to choose.
M: Okay. Then what do you like about this book?
M: Can you be a little more specific?
M: So what do you like about this book?
C: The pictures, the story, and, etcetera.
M: Can you please be a little more specific than that?
C: The pictures, the story, and the plot.
M: What do you like about the story and the plot?
C: The plot is interesting, and the story is fun to read if you haven’t read it before.
M: Okay, what genre do you think this is?
C: I don’t know… Fiction!
M: Oh, yeah, that’s a good one. I was also thinking it could be a parable. So, how would you rate this book? With your three words?
C: Fun, colorful, and hilarious.