"Children who have clutched their teddy bears or favorite blankets will readily recognize the spell cast by the shoes, playing the role of the universal security object." Kirkus Reviews
"This winsome book has a sweet, cheerful tone, and Golembe's bright and expressive gouache paintings make this simple story positively magical." School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3Molly Gail likes to spend her afternoons painting pictures of birds on the porch of her house by the sea. She loves all of Earth's creatures except canines. She is wary of Daisy, a huge sheep dog that lives next door who licks people's faces, and of a spotted dog named Paris, who jumps up on people. The problem is solved when she receives a pair of fancy turquoise shoes for her birthday. In them, her steps are "as light as pink flamingoes." The distraction makes her forget to duck behind a tree when a dog approaches, prompting a decision to face calmly the next dog she encounters. Soon Molly is painting pictures of her numerous dog friends. A year later, when the magic shoes are too small, Molly's parents present her with a puppy she dubs "Magic." This winsome book has a sweet, cheerful tone, and Golembe's bright and expressive gouache paintings make this simple story positively magical.Jackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA
New shoes and a fear of dogs ordinarily do not go hand-in- hand, but they fit neatly into the plot of this first solo work from Golembe (illustrator of Jama Kim Rattigan's The Woman in the Moon, 1996, etc.), using her familiar sparkling tropical palette.
"Hot bananas!" exclaims Molly when she discovers that her turquoise shoes with purple bows and pink and yellow stars are magic; all previous fear of dogs vanishes in a snap. Meandering down a blue lane from a cantaloupe-colored school past a purple tree, Molly's steps are as "light as pink flamingoes." Soon every canine in the neighborhood makes friends with Molly; they troop along behind her or wait on the porch. Molly even festoons the school's halls with pictures she has painted of dogs for parents' night. Her courage is tested when she outgrows her shoes, but she overcomes the dog-induced shaky knees. Children who have clutched their teddy bears or favorite blankets will readily recognize the spell cast by the shoes, playing the role of the universal security object. It's a compact story emotionally, unfolding nimbly from Molly's seventh birthday to her eighth. Not surprisingly, the coup de grâce arrives that day in the form of a puppy dubbed Magic. The last line of the book lets readers in on the author's secret: This is a story about Golembe.