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Shoe-La-La! Hardcover – January 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545067057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545067058
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-K-In another frothy paean to nearly every little girl's inner fashionista, a quartet of young girlfriends dash impulsively to a local store in search of perfect party shoes. (No parents ever appear on the scene, but a small leashed dog accompanies them throughout and offers amusing comic relief.) Simple, rhyming text describes their visit to "Shoe-la-la," where a dignified, mustachioed salesman waits on them hand and, er, foot as they try on a seemingly infinite variety of styles. "Fancy ribbons, frilly lace. Shoe-la-la! We love this place!" At day's end, the girls have shopped 'til they drop-the beleaguered clerk is flat on his back under a mountain of shoes-and still can't make up their minds. Decamping to one of their homes, they pull out four pairs of decidedly age-appropriate little girl shoes from a closet (all flats, no stilettos) and set to work gussying them up with assorted ribbons, beads, and other craft supplies. The girls' own considerable creativity saves the day-and their feet-as they set off for their party. The sparkly jacket is an irresistible draw, depicting the girls vamping in dress-up clothes and high heels, as are the humorously expressive, cartoonlike illustrations rendered in full-color with lots of girl-pleasing pink and purple. Pure fun, with a practical message, this title will appeal to the legions of "Fancy Nancy" fans and not sit on any shelf.-Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Praise for SHOE-LA-LA!

"Pure fun, with a practical message, this title will appeal to the legions of "Fancy Nancy" fans and not sit on any shelf." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Flying her [Pham] girly flag proudly in pages dominated by pink, peach, and purple, she gives each of her characters an entire repertoire of divaesque emotions and outfits and makes palpable the adrenaline rush that only a great retail experience can provide." --PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

"Pham’s multicultural cast of characters is highly imaginative." --KIRKUS
--This text refers to the Board book edition.

More About the Author

KAREN BEAUMONT's picture books include Being Friends, illustrated by Joy Allen, and Louella Mae, She's Run Away!, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger. She lives in San Martin, California.


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Customer Reviews

Fun little book for girls!
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Bought this book for my 2 year old daughter who loves books, and especially girly books.
Tireman
The story is great (love the rhyming) as are the illustrations.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rtreads on January 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I first saw this book, I thought, Oh, great! Another girly book to make my daughter want to be even more girly. But, the advantage to going to a bookstore is that you can actually read a book before purchasing it. So, I sat down with my daughter and read. She loved it! And, so did I! The rhyme was really on point, the illustrations were wonderful and reminded me of Penny from Disney's The Rescuers, and there were a couple of genuine lessons to be learned from the story and they weren't at all forced.
The girls try on all the shoes in the store only to realize they haven't found any that are good enough, teaching that they don't have to settle for something that doesn't meet their standard. And when the girls go home without any new shoes, they use ingenuity and creativity to dress up a pair of shoes they already own, thus learning to make do with what they have.
I was really impressed with this book and, after my initial reading, I purchased it and am glad to have done so.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on January 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book for young readers! My little girl absolutely loves this story, as it's full of cute illustrations, shoes, glitter and has colors she loves. This fun quick read engages little girls as 4 friends go about dressing up and can't find the right shoes, that is until they discover they can make their own just the way they like them. With it's wonderful rhyming words, girls playing dress up and pink cover, make it a must have!

What I love about this fantastic read is that the little girls are in search of the perfect shoes, and in the end realize the best pair of shoes they can find are the ones they decorate themselves. I think this sends a powerful message to young minds to be proud of their uniqueness and creativity. It's a fun read to whisked away into with it's make believe, dressing up with friends and being crafty. This is a must have for all little girls!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Kehres on November 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My 4 year old loves this book and loves looking at all the different types of shoes. She asks for this book often! One review stated that this book is an example of "all that has gone wrong in our culture"; however, I use this book as a lesson just like I do for TV shows, movies, and the boy next door! Not everyone always acts perfectly and we just need to try our best, be kind, and use our energy for good! (My 4 year old and I have actually discussed that the girls left a mess and they should have cleaned it up.) This book is cute, colorful, and super fun! I love at the end, after all the beautiful shoes the girls could have bought, they found a more creative way to have gorgeous shoes!!! A delightful book for any shoe love...big or small!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Whisler on January 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a total hit at my house. It is a fun, girly read and is short enough to hold the attention span for all ages. The illustrations are cute and fun. Overall, this is a great book. The price on Amazon is great too - we paid a lot more at Barnes and Noble - bummer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristie Finnan on March 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Shoe La La is a new favorite at our house. It's a sweet rhyming story about little girls having a fabulous time trying on loads of shoes! The illustrations are fancy and fun. When I first saw this book at our local bookstore, I immediately bought it thinking my girls will LOVE it! I was 100% right :)

Kristie Finnan, Author of: Mommy's High Heel Shoes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Holbrook on March 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is very colorful and well done. Mgreat granddaughloves it and I made her a fleece throw with shoes on it to cuddle up as she reads it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Borders on December 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have an autistic granddaughter who loves shoes. This is one of her favorite books to read. I love to see her happy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lilladyles on December 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My daughter received this book as a gift and, I must admit, when I first saw it, I rolled my eyes. I do not want my daughter to think that materialism is an important part of life. However, this book has a surprise ending! These four little girls shop and shop to find the perfect pair of shoes for their party. In the end, they choose to decorate and make their own shoes. This is a wonderful book that shows creativity triumphs. I love the message of this book and highly recommend it.
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