There's nothing like a smart new pair of red party shoes to put spring in a girl's step, and British author/artist Rollings covers the whole sweep of the experience. The trip to the shoe store provides the vivacious, moon-faced girl with opportunity to reflect on the diversity of footwear in the world: "Flat shoes, summer shoes./ Friends with very pointy shoes." The momentous purchase of crimson Mary Janes (with sharp-looking green flower buckles) occupies the center of the book, and then comes the gratifying payoff for this conspicuous consumption: showing off the shoes at a rollicking birthday celebration. The heavily repetitious rhymes lack the luster of patent leather, but Rollings's full-bleed gouache illustrations (which alternate between single- and double-page formats) glow with saturated, Crayola-like color, and her protagonist's pride radiates off the page. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A bouncy, rhyming text captures a little girl's delight at getting new shoes. On her way to the store with her mother, she looks at all of the different kinds of shoes that people wear. After she selects her "Red and shiny new shoes," she leaves the store with a huge smile, hugging the box to her chest. Then home she goes, eager to wear them to a party. The final page shows the child standing and smiling with her hands on her hips, effectively capturing the pride a youngster feels with a pair of shiny, new shoes. The vibrant, childlike gouache illustrations reflect the little girl's excitement and the very young tone of the text. With her short bangs, pinprick eyes, and ever-present smile, she is a delight as she ponders her choices. For storytime or lap-time sharing, this is a perfect preschool read-aloud.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.