Here's What You Do When You Can't Find Your Shoe

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Do spiders make you squirm? Stop turning down picnic invitations today and get a Super Spider Spotter. You'll never be surprised by one again!
Are you a messy eater? Buy a Crumbunny and watch it nibble up your problems!
Is it time to floss between your toes? Pick up some of Filbert's Footsie Floss and they'll be clean in no time!
Have you ever tried to walk a llama? It's tricky, but you too can do it with the Heavenly Heights Hitch and Harness!
Here, in this collection of uninvented inventions, are the answers to some of life's peculiar problems. Kids will wish they truly existed, especially the next time the dog comes home after having been sprayed by a skunk!

Short poems describe crazy inventions, like footsie floss, an upside-down lens for bats, and a super spider spotter for Miss Muffet.

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Editorial Reviews

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Whether it's a Sure-Footed Shoe Finder or a Tooth-Fairy Forklift, Andrea Perry and Alan Snow's zany, made-up inventions are hilarious! Filled with 12 "ingenious inventions for pesky problems," this laugh-out-loud book details in rolling rhymes how each one works. For kids with vegetable issues, for example, Veggies Be Gone! is "the produce repellent you simply spray on" at the supermarket; Filbert's Footsie Floss lets victims of filthy feet "floss every night when socks come off to help remove the fuzz!" Throughout, Snow's cartoony illustrations add that extra-wacky touch, while the book's taller size makes it wonderfully pseudo-scientific. With ideas like these at their fingertips, young readers will be dreaming up their own inventions to combat more of life's daffy dilemmas.
Publishers Weekly
Snow's (How Dogs Really Work!) Rube Goldberg-style drawings combined with spirited verse from newcomer Perry give this collection a rocket-powered burst of offbeat humor. A dozen essential inventions snort and clank almost audibly in the background as Perry describes them in sturdy verse. Each poem appears on a double-page spread, with the invention and its happy users festooning the margins. "The Sure-Footed Shoe Finder" locates lost shoes ("You won't miss the school bus! Now aren't you relieved?"); one can simply spray "Veggies Be Gone!," a "produce repellant," on a shopping basket, and "Its vapors prevent any artichoke heart/ or endive from lodging itself in your cart." A team of "Stink Stoppers" descends upon zoos to deodorize the animals ("Each creature's odor is pretty distinct,/ but we fight those fumes until all are ex-stinked") and "The Crumbunny," a brush-nosed, long-tongued pink creature with rabbit ears and a cottontail, snarfs up crumbs in untidy beds ("Have your cake and eat it, too!"). Perry's doggerel switches meters for variety, but stays steady within each, and the rhymes bounce along. Children will embrace these sweetly subversive verses, and so, despite themselves, will their parents. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Literally from cover to cover this unique collection of poems entertains. Illustrations of wacky inventions paired with tongue-in-cheek verses will bring smiles, and the prediction is that children who read or listen may laugh right out loud. Perry has created wild and wonderful solutions to common problems such as lost shoes, mom's insistence on buying veggies, painful tooth extraction and many more. Alan Snow's illustrations provide perfect partners for each humorous entry. The twelve entertaining rhymes appear to be hand written, lending an air of intimacy with readers. The effect is almost as if the author and illustrator are in conversation with their audience, assisting in problem solving. Writing original verses or drawing new inventions inspired by this collection are natural responses for children. For the classroom teacher or parent who wishes to share poetry as well as laughter with children, this is the volume to choose. 2003, Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division,
— Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5-This collection of humorous poems is packed with silly contraptions designed to solve all sorts of problems. There is "The Sure-Footed Shoe Finder," a device with a "powerful Foot-Odor-Sensitive Vent" that "tracks down your sneaker by matching its scent." When you spray a produce repellent called "Veggies Be Gone" on your family's shopping cart, it "-fends off beans, beets, and peas./It even deflects cauliflower with ease." There is also a "Tooth-Fairy Forklift" for hoisting a heavy "tooth donor," and a leaf machine that assists with raking. Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein's work, the topics are child friendly and humorous. Pen-and-ink cartoons frame each selection. Packed with amusing details, the artwork is busy and clever, and highlights just how zany some of these devices are. Children will delight in the funny verses and appreciate the creative solutions to common dilemmas.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Enlisting the aid of Snow, creator of the modern classic, How Dogs Really Work (1993), Perry addresses a dozen common problems, from losing a shoe to carrying multiple packages in the rain, from walking a pet giraffe to cleaning between one's toes. Most of her solutions involve contraptions such as the "Maximumbrella," or the "Acme Super Spider Spotter"-the exceptions being "Veggie Be Gone," a spray that sends vegetables shooting out of the shopping cart, "Filbert's Footsie Floss" (see above), and the energetic crew of "Stink Stoppers," specialists in removing animal odors. "When pumas are putrid, we powder their paws, / Once eagles have eaten, we clean off their claws, / We bathe every bobcat, perfume every pen. / We wipe down each walrus again and again." Snow renders each Rube Goldberg-esque device in loving, baroque detail, and shows it in action too, wielded by smiling, satisfied cartoon customers. After children finish chortling, they may be tempted to design their own thingamajigs in the wake of this droll debut. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689830679
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: FIRST
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,407,403
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Perry is also the author of Here's What You Do When You Can't Find Your Shoe and The Snack Smasher. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Alan Snow is a well-known author and illustrator of children’s books and has also worked in many fields of design and animation. He has written two novels, Here Be Monsters! and Worse Things Happen at Sea!, both set in the wonderfully weird world of Ratbridge. He lives in Bath, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

    Terrific book!

    Andrea Perry is an incredibly talented and creative poet. She has tapped into the interests, concerns and humor common to all children with this book. My son roared with laughter, begging me to re-read many of Ms. Perry's clever poems. He especially loved 'Veggies Be Gone', a hilarious ode to the hatred of all things green and leafy. Alan Snow's wonderful illustrations captivate the reader. They bring Ms. Perry's words to even more vivid and vibrant life. I would highly recommend this book for any child, or anyone who has ever been a child. It delights readers of all ages.

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