Author: McDonald, Megan
In order to stay in the warm and cozy home he has longed for, Shoe Dog must learn to stop chewing shoes.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 165776
Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/01/14)
School Library Journal (02/01/14)
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Booklist - 02/01/2014 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. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2014 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 - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.