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Shoe Dog Hardcover – March 25, 2014

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K-Gr 2—A shoe-loving pup that lives in an animal shelter and dreams of having a real home with things to chew is adopted by a shoe-loving older woman. As the newcomer chews up his first pairs of boots, sneakers, and flip-flops, his person calls out, "Shoe Dog…You're so cute, but…." When he is well behaved, his world is full of nose kisses, ear scratches, and head pats. But when he transgresses, there are no "Cozy Covers," "Big Bed," or "Land of Upstairs" for him; instead, he is sent to the lightless basement-"the Land of Sad Puppies." Rich language carries readers through this superbly paced story of successful puppy training (with the aid of a new member of the household, Shoe Cat). Movement is key in the page layout and the kid-friendly illustrations in crayon and charcoal are digitally collaged.—Sara Lissa Paulson, The American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York City

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Dog is excited when the lady chooses him from an animal shelter. At last he can graduate to “a place full of hundreds of nose kisses, dozens of tummy rubs.” But a problem asserts itself: Dog likes to chew shoes—in fact, “five high heels, four flip-flops, three sneakers, two boots, one wing tip” in a single day. The lady buys more; they get eaten. More; eaten. The otherwise lovable mutt—now dubbed “Shoe Dog”—simply cannot restrain himself, regardless of his degraded living conditions (now he’s in the basement “with only a mop for a friend”). The lady solves the problem by bringing home slippers that look like cats. Shoe Dog, meet Shoe Cat! McDonald’s lively word choices inject plenty of life into the repetitive storyline, and Tillotson’s crayon, charcoal, and digital illustrations give it a goofy spark, depicting Shoe Dog as a zig-zag pattern that looks drawn from a single, thick line. This cool canine creation cavorts through an Escher-like home abstracted into furniture floating amid white space. Simple to relate to and easy to love. Preschool-Grade 1. --Daniel Kraus

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416979328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416979326
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME

10. The first book I ever wrote was about a hermit crab, inspired by a pet I once owned.

9. My favorite color is purple.

8. I love to read mysteries. When I was Judy's age, I read all 56 classic Nancy Drew books . . . in order! Jeepers!

7. I used to collect scabs so I could examine them under the microscope that I got for my 8th birthday.

6. My four sisters and I often made up our own language, which included the words "Hoidi Boidi", "oogey", "retzel crummypuss" and "poony-poony".

5. My favorite TV show is JEOPARDY!

4. To research my Sisters Club book, THE RULE OF THREE, I toured San Francisco in search of the ultimate cupcake. The winner: Sleepless in San Francisco. Think chocolate + coffee.

3. When I was a kid, I fell down a hill from chasing the ice-cream truck and had to get stitches.

2. When I was a librarian, I used to tell stories in sign language. That's how I got the expression "same-same" for Judy.

1. I share a birthday (February 28) with a famous princess, race car driver and gangster, a Rolling Stone, a French tightrope walker, and a winning racehorse named Smarty Jones.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helpful Advice TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
'Shoe Dog' written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Katherine Tillotson is a children book about one cute dog that like many other human's best friends loves to chew the shoes.

But because chewing the shoes is an inconvenient characteristic that people do not really like, Shoe Dog must think of a way to get rid of it.
In funny story with a charming outcome he will get help from someone he least expected - a Shoe Cat...

Megan McDonald wrote an imaginative children book which brings nice lesson that friends can be found where you least expect it.
The book is beautifully illustrated with artwork that does not have many details, but with its vibrant colors will be attractive to the youngest readers of 3 years onwards.

Therefore I can fully recommend McDonald and Tillotson's book both because of its look and lesson it brought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Walch on May 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
You'll discover that this book is lots of fun to read out loud. That fact along with an unusual artistic rendering of the central character (see book cover) make SHOE DOG a memorable bedtime story. If the child is too young he or she may not totally understand the way the artist presents the puppy so I'd suggest you try this picture book with a slightly older child...say one four or five.

Another approach is to have your child look at the cover of the book on line and ask if he/she knows what that is. If the answer is "a puppy" then ask, "Do you want to read about that little puppy?" At that point you'll know if this would be a good purchase. I think it is but let your child provide a little guidance.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karla Winick-Ford on November 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I wished I loved this more than I did.... it was too long for little ones and not as positive as I had hoped.... shoe la la, birdie's big girl shoes, and this little piggy went to prada are so much better...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura L. Harrison on August 11, 2014
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This is a very unique and fun picture book. Extremely child friendly with engaging illustrations. I think it may have a great chance of winning the Theodore Geisel award for 2015.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah A. Bambino on May 28, 2014
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My daughter and her family just got a puppy so Shoe Dog seemed like an obvious choice. The kids enjoyed it, although toys seem to be their main concern, not shoes : )
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Shoe Dog is an adorable, playful puppy. Longing to be rescued from the animal shelter, he is a flurry of excitement and puppy cuteness. But his love of a good shoe-chew gets him into trouble. After some scolding, Shoe Dog learns to refrain (a little) and finally, he gets to have his very own snuggly slipper. This is a sweet story with super cute illustrations
Read more & see some pictures at my blog: http://missusbspicturebookreviews.blogspot.ie/2015/06/shoe-dog-story-of-adorably-cute.html
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