The Eyes of Kid Midas

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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One of the most exciting fantasy-adventures ever.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive messages

Kevin, drunk with power, spins totally out of control

Violence

Bertram the bully beats up on Kevin and others.

Sex

Kevin tries to force a girl to like him, and gives her an unwanted kiss.

Language

One mild expletive, necessary to the story.

Consumerism

Kevin and Josh wish up lots of products.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

The entire story is a metaphor for drug addiction.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that among issues of power and wishes lurks a hidden metaphorical theme: The entire progress of the glasses' hold on Kevin exactly parallels the course of drug addiction and withdrawal.

User Reviews

Educator Written byFeathersword June 20, 2009

This book is written for middle schoolers...

I hated this book. I read it to my students because it was recommended here and I made a mistake. I hated it. It was age-inappropriate for 9-year-olds and was c...
Adult Written bylionman718 January 3, 2012

How to help your kids and make them answer the questions!

this book shows how a normal kid can find something (i.e. Video games) addicting and shows them what will happen if they play to much and what will happen when...
Teen, 14 years old Written byaosnower888 January 30, 2010

You will not be Disapointed

I love the book "Eyes of Kid Midas" because it gives a great message toward children and it makes you want to read more and more righst when you satar...
Teen, 15 years old Written byVoracious Reader March 8, 2009

Very Thought Provoking!

Very deep, probably hard to understand for younger readers.

What's the story?

Kevin Midas is a seventh grader who gets picked on a lot. On a camping trip he climbs to the top of a mysterious Indian mountain just at the summer solstice, and finds a pair of sunglasses there. He soon discovers that they make his wishes come true, and he and his best friend, Josh, have a wonderful time wishing for everything they ever wanted.

But this is only the beginning. He also discovers that they cannot undo what they have done, and that when exposed to sources of electricity, such as a wall socket, they become stronger. Soon they begin to make anything he says come true, then to make any passing thought real, and finally to reach deep within his mind. In addition they find that using the glasses becomes physically addictive, the realities they create become normal to everyone else, and Kevin has an enemy who also knows about the glasses.

Is it any good?

One of the most exciting, suspenseful, and enthralling adventures to come along in some time, and this makes a superb read-aloud. In addition, it provides the deep satisfaction of pushing an idea as far as it can go, and far beyond the boundaries of the usual story.

This author's imagination is not limited by normal boundaries. The first half of the book is very funny, but as things get further and further out of control, as the glasses and Kevin's mind begin to change the fundamental order of the universe, the consequences are sobering and breathtaking. It would be hard to imagine the child who could put this book down before the end.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the addictive nature of the glasses. What are some of the early warning signs that the glasses might be more trouble than they're worth? Why doesn't Kevin pay more notice to the problems with the glasses? What would you wish for if you had the glasses? Do you think you would handle them differently than Kevin did?

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