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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442422475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442422476
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3-Littermates and fellow adoptees, two small pups share a mutual existence, eating from the same bowl, sleeping on same blue cushion, and tinkling on the same tree. However, they diverge in their daytime activities: Boot occupies the back porch while Shoe prefers the front porch. When a mischievous squirrel shakes up their routines, both dogs give chase, eventually collapsing, exhausted, into two separate heaps. After recovering, they search for one another, each taking up the other's post to wait for his sibling's return. Their vigils last through rainy afternoon, hungry evening, and shivery night, with morning bringing only more loneliness. Fortunately, "even in the worst of times, a dog still needs to pee," and the two finally meet up at their favorite tree for a joyful reunion. There is genius in this tale's simplicity and Frazee's understated text, repetitive language, sentence structure, and perfect comic timing play the heartwarming humor to the hilt. The pencil-and-gouache artwork, set against creamy French vanilla backdrops, blends precise lines with fluid motion, and the muted colors subtly mirror the narrative's restraint and changing moods. The snow-white pooches, with their black button noses and eyes hidden by furry fringe, are true charmers, and their emotions are masterfully conveyed through eloquent body language. A dog-lover's delight and tender ode to friendship.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journalα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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* “There is genius in this tale’s simplicity and Frazee’s understated text, repetitive language, sentence structure, and perfect comic timing play the heartwarming humor to the hilt. The pencil-and-gouache artwork, set against creamy French vanilla backdrops, blends precise lines with fluid motion, and the muted colors subtly mirror the narrative’s restraint and changing moods. The snow-white pooches, with their black button noses and eyes hidden by furry fringe, are true charmers, and their emotions are masterfully conveyed through eloquent body language. A dog-lover’s delight and tender ode to friendship.”

School Library Journal, August 2012, *STAR

* “Boot and Shoe, Shoe and Boot—they’re a perfect pair…. Two-time Caldecott Honor winner Frazee creates the dogs’ world in a series of cozy, expressive vignettes (nestled in plenty of white space), which capture the devoted friends’ joy and angst in shades of muted green and yellow. Full-page spreads offer up views of their tidy house, both porches visible, and a particularly amusing image depicts (seemingly) hundreds of squirrels and shaggy pups chasing one another around, up, and over the structure. Rarely have dogs—or footwear—been so charming.”

Booklist, August 1, 2012, *STAR

* “This gem about canine siblings goes from peaceful routine to funny mayhem to erroneous bereavement—and relief…. Gouache and black pencil create warm vignettes and sturdy spreads with a vibe both lively and mellow. Creamy, speckled paper matches organic, hand-lettered text…. Frazee conveys painful and soothing depth with ease, which is especially impressive given that Boot and Shoe’s eyes can't be seen. Read unhurried, in a lap, again and again.”

Kirkus Reviews, July 25, 2012, *STAR

“The sprightly lines of Frazee’s black-pencil and gouache illustrations add to the humor of this nimble tale of misplaced assumptions, which is reminiscent of the physical comedy of a Buster Keaton movie and just as entertaining.”

Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2012

“A genius at capturing human expression and antics, Frazee (“The Seven Silly Eaters,” “The Boss Baby,” “Clementine”) seems equally unrivaled at depicting canine behavior and emotion. Boot and Shoe are brothers who live peacefully in the same home, sharing food bowl and bed, but then each retreating to his own porch for rest and contemplation. One day, a scampering squirrel mixes things up; chaos ensues. Expertly drawn, full of humor and affection and beautifully arranged, “Boot & Shoe” is a jubilant romp from beginning to end.” (The New York Times, September 16, 2012)

* “With restrained humor and an eye for homey detail, Frazee (The Boss Baby) introduces near-identical terriers who lead a life that is “exactly perfect for both of them.”…. Like Elisha Cooper’s recent Homer, this is an everyday dog story elevated to a thing of beauty by understated artwork and prose. Frazee’s hand-lettered type and the subtle differences between the well-groomed dogs add to the homespun, local vibe.”

Publishers Weekly, October 1, 2012, *STAR

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I sat on the couch with my girls and we read Boot and Shoe again and again.
Utah Mom
She made me read this three times the first time we sat down with it, and I believe it will continue to be a favorite story at our house at bedtime!
MommaMia
Very well illustrated and just about the perfect length book for a bedtime story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terri J. Rice TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2012
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Any good children's book worth its salt, will have excellent illustrations. This one does.

Second criteria for a children's book is that you, the adult, won't mind reading it over and over again.

Marla Frazee's whimsical illustrations are wonderfully captivating. It is that children's book that you and your little listener can look at over and over for a long time. Add to that, the story line is sweet and clever- Two dogs from the same litter live together, doing everything together until one day a squirrel wreaks havoc and both Boot and Shoe begin to chase that squirrel all over the yard. When the chase was over, Boot finds himself on the front porch and Shoe finds himself on the back porch. They search for each other on their respective porches and finally give up hope of ever seeing one another again. Until...

My two year old and three year old grandchildren loved reading this book with me, hunting for Boot and Shoe, tracing the squirrel chase all over the page.

If you love the Mr. Putter books by Cynthia Rylant, you will want to add this book to your collection.
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After reading it to a few 1st grade classes, I had to buy the book for myself. The kids loved the humor and was touched by the heart of two dogs who loved each other. My students also loved hearing one word they thought they would never hear read in any library and it was used correctly. I might need more than 2 copies in each library to keep up with the demand. I lost count of how many students asked me where I got the book.
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By Kallie on November 4, 2013
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This is a wonderful children's book - It is entertaining for both children and adults. The pictures and text are funny.
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By Annie Hall on September 4, 2013
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I bought this book as a gift for my adult sister. It felt like it was us. With a sweet inscription it was the perfect gift. The story is cute and the illustrations are adorable.
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By Kathryn Dossett on August 17, 2013
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My six year old and I loved this story!!! Funny and adorable characters. It will be read again by us soon.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Alberigi McKenzie VINE VOICE on November 19, 2012
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"Boot and Shoe were born into the same litter and now they live in the same house." And so the story begins. The art is engaging (although I thought these were two cats!). The story has a nice rhythm to it which young children will enjoy. "...Boots spends his days on the back porch, because he's a back porch kind of dog. And Shoe spends his days on the front porch because he's a front porch kind of dog. This is exactly perfect for both of them." Then a squirrel comes along and messes up the whole shebang. Boots and Shoe can't find each other, even though they're both at home. What a puzzler!

I don't want to spoil it for you, so enough said. Enjoy with your favorite child!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MommaMia VINE VOICE on November 8, 2012
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My daughter loved this story of the misadventures of Boot and Shoe! She is 8 years old, if that gives you any idea of the age range for this story. I'd say, ages 4-9 would enjoy this one. At first, I have to say, she had a problem figuring out of they were cats or dogs, but that initial confusion did little to deter her. She made me read this three times the first time we sat down with it, and I believe it will continue to be a favorite story at our house at bedtime!

If your child loves animals and happy endings, then they will adore Boot & Shoe!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Print VINE VOICE on November 7, 2012
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Boot and Shoe are brothers. They live in the same house where they eat out of the same bowl, pee on the same tree and sleep in the same bed. But that's where the similarities end because, you see, Boot is a back porch kind of dog while Shoe is a front porch kind of dog.

And that's fine.

Until a pesky squirrel comes and turns everything upside down in Boot and Shoe (2012) by Marla Frazee.

When a squirrel turns around these two doggy friends, it makes for a long night as Boot and Shoe each stand vigil (on opposite sides of the house) waiting for the other to return. It makes for a long day and a longer night until one shared tree restores order.

Illustrated in Frazee's signature style, the breezy artwork compliments the quick pace of the story. The small color palette makes the illustrations stand out. With large spreads and smaller scenes throughout the layout remains interesting.

Just a little bit serious and quite silly Boot and Shoe is an endearing read about loyal friends. Although the story is broken into smaller pieces on each page there is still a lot of humor to found, making this book ideal to read aloud and certain to stand up to repeat readings.

Possible Pairings: Boy + Boy by Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino, Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway, Forsythia & Me by Vincent X. Kirsch, The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell, Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator by Mo Willems
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