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Children's LiteratureEddie is simply too busy to learn how to tie his shoelaces. With his imagination in high gear, he dives down into the ocean, explores caves and the rain forest, flies with the birds to outer space. There is so much he can do. But when his friend Clara is menaced by the "terrible double-tailed monster" he needs his mother's help. For "tying up monsters is just like tying shoes." His mother shows him how to do it, and he does it in time to immobilize the monster and save his friend. Motivation surely helps learning here. Cartoon-like colored illustrations visualize Eddie's imaginary adventures in lively, humorous double-page scenes. They flesh out the bare bones of the text, which provides mainly redundant captions such as "He explores the rain forest." The action series of nine pictures demonstrating how to tie laces may require some adult help, but should be useful for reluctant learners. 2004 (orig. 2002), Kane/Miller Publishers, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz