From School Library Journal
PreS The only thing more fun than watching Baby get new shoes is seeing him get them dirty. As the story begins, a toddler and his mother are leaving a store with some High-jumping,/fast-running,/fine-looking/shoes! The boy leads his mother on a merry adventure across town where his white footwear gets covered in colored chalk, grass stains, plum juice, and yellow paint. Along the way, Baby and Mama exchange Uh-ohs! and Oh, nos! The story culminates in the diaper-clad youngster resplendent in Those/speckled, spotted,/polka-dotted,/puddle-stomping,/rainbow-romping,/go-go-going shoes, trying to flee his day-end bath. The smooth-flowing text contains wonderful repetitive phrases. The watercolor illustrations are warm and inviting and the expressions on the characters' faces are particularly delightful. A grand choice for one-on-one sharing, as well as for storytime. Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL
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*Starred Review* PreS. Gleeful after choosing new white shoes at the store, Baby (actually a toddler) leads his pregnant mama on a merry chase. As they head home, Baby playfully explores the park, where grass, plums, fresh crosswalk paint, and more add their distinctive hues to his increasingly "polka-dotted, / puddle-stomping, / rainbow-romping, / go-go-going shoes." In the text, loping lines of rhymed couplets are interspersed with staccato sections, followed by a refrain that reins in the pace: "Baby says, 'Uh-oh!'/ Mama says, 'Oh, no!' / But those shoes just go, go, go." The verse may at first seem a bit challenging to read aloud, but the changing rhythm creates a pleasing pattern and gives listeners places to chime in. Setting a sunny tone for the excursion, Nakata's airy watercolor artwork sympathetically depicts an increasingly scruffy toddler and his tired but resilient mother. With a buoyant tone in both verse and illustrations, this book will be a fine addition to story hours and, given young children's affinity for shoes, a great conversation starter. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved