Kid's Stuff -- Books About Shoes
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"Hello, Shoes!"
Written by Joan Blos
Illustrated by Ann Boyajian
(Simon & Schuster, 1999)

A nice, simple story of a boy and his grandfather, looking for a pair of missing sandals. After they are found, the happy, excited boy learns how to put on the previously too-difficult shoes, all by himself. I dunno; there wasn't like some big, profound massage to this book, or anything... It just rang true and had a nice, sweet emotional tone. My kid liked it; so did I. (B+)

"The Growing Up Feet"
Written by Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by DyAnne Disalvo-Ryan
(Harper, 1987)


"Shoe Baby"
Written by Joyce Dunbar
Illustrated by Polly Dunbar
(Candlewick, 2005)

Hmmm. I thought this one was kind of dumb. A baby, sitting in a king-size red shoe, drives it like a car, flies it like a plane, sails it like a boat, and sees all kinds of kooky critters, and even a king and queen... Then it turns out the shoe belongs to Daddy and the baby was mysteriously, magically magically made tiny, and when she steps out of the shoe, she gets normal-sized, which elates her mother, who had thought she was lost. The story (I think) is kind of blah, the rhymes are kind of blah, the artwork is crazy and hectic and difficult to focus on or easily understand. The age level this seems to be aimed at seems unlikely to be able to appreciate the busy, overwrought artwork... But then again, what do I know? My girl asked to have it read four times in a row. But maybe she was just doing that to mess with me. She's been like that lately. (C-)

"Two Shoes, New Shoes"
Written by Shirley Hughes
Illustrated by Shirley Hughes
(Walker, 1985)


"The Story Of Grump & Pout"
Written by Jamie McEwan
Illustrated by Sandra Boynton
(Alfred A. Knopf, 1988)

Two grouchy monsters who live in a forest (making life miserable for everyone around them) find their moods greatly improved when they get some new, comfy shoes... An early collaboration from the husband/wife team of Jamie McEwan and Sandra Boynton... (-)

"New Shoes, Red Shoes"
Written by Susan Rollings
Illustrated by Susan Rollings
(Orchard Books, 2000)

A young girl goes to the shoe store with her mother and picks out a shiny new pair of shoes for a big birthday party she's been invited to. She's all smiles as she goes to the store, picks out the shoes, takes them home, tries them on and wears them to the big bash. The text isn't particularly compelling, but the book is cheerful and giddily exuberant... Nice artwork helps, too; great for toddlers. If getting new shoes is a hot topic around your house, you might really enjoy this one. (B)

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