Shoe Dog

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Shoe Dog loves to chew…well, shoes! But when his choice of chewables leads to trouble, a feline friend has a purr-fect solution.

Shoe Dog likes to chew. And chew and chew. But he doesn’t chew a boring old bone. Not a squeaky old toy. Not a smelly old sock. Nope. Shoe Dogs chews…well, take a guess!

Chewing shoes poses a problem, however, and Shoe Dog needs help to solve it. Good thing there’s...Shoe Cat!

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Overview

Shoe Dog loves to chew…well, shoes! But when his choice of chewables leads to trouble, a feline friend has a purr-fect solution.

Shoe Dog likes to chew. And chew and chew. But he doesn’t chew a boring old bone. Not a squeaky old toy. Not a smelly old sock. Nope. Shoe Dogs chews…well, take a guess!

Chewing shoes poses a problem, however, and Shoe Dog needs help to solve it. Good thing there’s...Shoe Cat!

With illustrations so lively that Shoe Dog nearly scurries off the page, this is an irresistibly adorable read-aloud ideal for pet owners and animal lovers alike.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Sarah Harrison Smith
McDonald—of the Judy Moody books—knows how to tell this story from the puppy's perspective; young readers may find they share his sensibility, if not (we hope!) his habits.
Publishers Weekly
★ 12/16/2013
Shoe Dog has a big problem: his new owner (referred to as “She, Herself”) is a shoe lover, and he’s an incorrigible shoe eater. He’s barely settled in from the animal shelter, when “Shoe Dog chewed through five high heels, four flip-flops, three sneakers, two boots, one wing tip,” reports Judy Moody author McDonald, who last collaborated with Tillotson on It’s School Picture Day! Neither his owner’s repeated cries of “BAD DOG!” nor the thought of being sent back to “the Land of Sad Puppies and Scratched-Up Cats and One-Eared Bunnies” can discourage Shoe Dog’s gleefully relentless footwear search-and-destroy missions. But what if Shoe Dog discovered a shoe of his own—one that brought out his best, kindest instincts? Tillotson’s canine hero is a marvelous creation, conjured up out of swiftly crayoned, coiled black lines and filled in with charcoal smudges; he looks like a tangled Slinky that’s sprouted bright eyes and pink triangle ears. Anyone who’s ever loved a goodhearted but ill-behaved dog will want to eagerly adopt this book. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Shoe Dog wants a home of his own away from the other animals in the shelter. A home as warm as soup and cozy as pie, where someone will give him nose kisses and tummy rubs galore. Sure enough in walks as woman who will give him just what he wants. Happily he goes home with her and, much to his delight, discovers the one thing he adores chewing on—shoes! Uh oh. Just as soon as his person brings in a new pair of shoes, Dog eats them up. It does not take long before he no longer can sleep on the bed and he is not getting many kisses or rubs. He is afraid he will have to go back to the shelter, so he tries to behave. Finally he finds the shoe he can cuddle and not chew to bits. Soon he is back on the bed and getting all the nose kisses and tummy rubs he wants. This sweet story gently teaches learning self-control. The illustrations are whimsical and endearing. Children will soon adopt this book as a read-again joy. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan; Ages 4 to 8.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-01-15
An irrepressible dog can't resist falling into the same type of mischief over and over again, until something surprising changes his pattern. This small, wiggly pup bounces upward as a silhouetted woman enters the animal shelter. He longs for a home "warm as soup / and cozy as pie," full of nose kisses and tummy rubs. And oh, how exciting—the woman takes him home! "That very day, / Shoe Dog chewed through / five high heels, / four flip-flops, / three sneakers, / two boots, / one wing tip." Scolding—" ‘BAD DOG!' / She, Herself said"—and punishment—no petting or access to the Big Bed—see him lying forlornly in a gray-blue space, subdued. But each time new shoes arrive, he tracks down and rips into the fresh box, chomping every shoe with gusto. Consequences ratchet up mildly, but Shoe Dog never learns impulse control as such; instead, unexpectedly, he meets a shoe he'd never, ever chew. Finally he's welcome "on the Big Bed / in the Land of Upstairs," curling up blissfully with his new shoe-love. Tillotson uses thick black lines for Shoe Dog's scribbly, coiled-spring body, smudging charcoal inside his shape to give him substance; scraps of pink and beige mark his pointy ears and muzzle. Motion lines show how he scampers and bounds. The visual angle varies, and shoe-box tissue paper flies through the air. Totally ebullient. (Picture book. 3-7)
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416979326
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 231,975
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald, beloved author of the Judy Moody books, is also a gifted storyteller. She is the author of When the Library Lights Go Out, illustrated by Katherine Tillotson; The Hinky-Pink, illustrated by Brian Floca; and the now-classic Is This a House for Hermit Crab?, illustrated by S.D. Schindler. She lives in Sebastopol, California.

Katherine Tillotson is the illustrator of several children’s books. For the story of It’s Picture Day Today, she cut paper that she created herself by drawing patterns on paper with paste, a centuries-old technique that crafters may be familiar with. Ms. Tillotson lives in San Francisco with her husband. Visit her at KatherineTillotson.com.

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