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Boot & Shoe Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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—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
Top Customer Reviews
Enter the squirrel, a troublemaker who turns things upside down for the two confused pooches. When their daily routine is thrown into chaos, how will Boot and Shoe make things right again?
Caldecott Honor winner Marla Frazee has written and illustrated an adorable romp that perfectly captures the comedy of Boot and Shoe’s topsy-turvy situation. Her spare drawings are at once simple, expressive, and giggle-inducing—younger readers will eat them up!
40 pages. Recommended.
(This review originally appeared on abookandahug.com)
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
I don't want to spoil it for you, so enough said. Enjoy with your favorite child!
If your child loves animals and happy endings, then they will adore Boot & Shoe!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book. My boys were 4 & 6 when they read it and it was an instant favorite.Published 1 month ago by SB
Great and cute kids book. I bought this book after my son checked it out at the library. He seems to really love the story of Boot and Shoe. He reads this everyday.Published 15 months ago by mrsniceantonio
Super cute book. Purchased it after getting it from the public library.Published 17 months ago by Katie Randleman
This is one of the best children's books ever, especially for dog lovers. Parents enjoy the story as much as the children.Published 19 months ago by D. Pier
This is a wonderful children's book - It is entertaining for both children and adults. The pictures and text are funny.Published on November 4, 2013 by Kallie
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.Published on September 4, 2013 by Annie Hall
My six year old and I loved this story!!! Funny and adorable characters. It will be read again by us soon.Published on August 17, 2013 by Kathryn Dossett
I found myself in the children's section of the book shop giggling out loud reading this book (I would, generally, contain myself)! Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Miss Kale
BOOT & SHOE is a simple story about two dogs from the same litter that complacently live separate lives in the same house (one on the front porch and one on the back porch). Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by DACHokie