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It’s Shoe Time! : Elephant and Piggy Like Reading!


Series
Elephant and Piggy Like Reading!

written and illustrated by
Mo Willems ,Bryan Collier

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Disney Book Group
Imprint
Disney-Hyperion
ISBN
9781484726471

Awards and Honors
Winter 2017–2018 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview, Ages 4–8
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This lyrical beginning-reader turns the closet on its heel and redefines what it means to be a pair. Beautifully rendered art paired with rich, rhyming dialog creates a powerful reading experience.

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

64

Dewey

E

AR

1.3: points 0.5

Lexile

210L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2018

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Anthropomorphic shoes clamor to be selected by a girl preparing for a “Daddy-and-Me day!” They are dismayed that she picks a boot and a flip-flop, “You did not choose matching shoes!” The shoes follow her out the door and realize that her choice is okay when they see that her father is wearing two different shoes, too. This tale of love and individuality is peppered with puns: the high-tops say, “That was sneaky!” and the left sneaker says to its mate, “You are right. You are always Right.” Elephant says, “OH NO! LEFT LEFT RIGHT!” He laughingly says, “Both the GIRL’s and the DAD’s shoes did not match!” And Piggie replies, “But they did go together! JUST LIKE US! We make a fun pair.” Collier’s distinguished art portrays a brown-skinned girl who, throughout the story, bears expressions of contemplation, joy, and finally tentativeness as she greets her father. Dad chips through the ice with his greeting, “Hi, you! Nice shoes!” His brown boot, yellow low-top combo brightens the mood of his daughter, and readers, too. The cast of footwear is expressive, sporting unique eyes—flip-flops wear sunglasses, slippers’ sleepy eyes are slits, and they all have wry smiles. This is a fabulous addition to the “Elephant and Piggie” series. VERDICT This book is just right for beginning readers and won’t be left on the shelf for long.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI

Horn Book

[STARRED REVIEW]
Witty wordplay, snappy dialogue, and rich watercolor and collage illustrations combine in Collier’s (Knock Knock, rev. 11/13; Trombone Shorty, rev. 5/15; et al.) first early reader. The story begins with a young African American girl puzzling over the “right shoes” to wear for a day out with her father. A varied cast of googly-eyed footwear (including ballet slippers, flip-flops, boots, and sneakers) all vie for her attention through a talent show-style display of shoe-ness that involves spinning, squish-squashing, and getting tied up in knots: “PICK US!” Surprisingly, the girl selects one flip-flop and one boot, resulting in an overblown—and very Gerald and Piggie-like—reaction from the remaining shoes (“They are NOT the same!” / “They are NOT a pair!”). A firm “You will see!” is all the assurance the girl provides; in the end, readers discover that a mix-and-match shoe style runs in the family. The hallmarks of this successful series—a limited and repetitive word bank, color-coded word balloons, varied illustrations, and an inherent pageturning quality—are all present and well-executed. Collier’s distinct, sophisticated illustration style (here entertainingly mixed with the zanier shoe illustrations) as well as the realistically depicted female protagonist of color make this excellent entry stand out. (NB: An intermission that permits Gerald and Piggie to insert themselves into the narrative with an Abbott and Costello-inspired routine— “OH NO! LEFT LEFT RIGHT!” / “OH NO! RIGHT LEFT LEFT!” is clever, but may not land with the youngest readers.) patrick gall

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Anthropomorphic shoes clamor to be selected by a girl preparing for a “Daddy-and-Me day!” They are dismayed that she picks a boot and a flip-flop, “You did not choose matching shoes!” The shoes follow her out the door and realize that her choice is okay when they see that her father is wearing two different shoes, too. This tale of love and individuality is peppered with puns: the high-tops say, “That was sneaky!” and the left sneaker says to its mate, “You are right. You are always Right.” Elephant says, “OH NO! LEFT LEFT RIGHT!” He laughingly says, “Both the GIRL’s and the DAD’s shoes did not match!” And Piggie replies, “But they did go together! JUST LIKE US! We make a fun pair.” Collier’s distinguished art portrays a brown-skinned girl who, throughout the story, bears expressions of contemplation, joy, and finally tentativeness as she greets her father. Dad chips through the ice with his greeting, “Hi, you! Nice shoes!” His brown boot, yellow low-top combo brightens the mood of his daughter, and readers, too. The cast of footwear is expressive, sporting unique eyes—flip-flops wear sunglasses, slippers’ sleepy eyes are slits, and they all have wry smiles. This is a fabulous addition to the “Elephant and Piggie” series. VERDICT This book is just right for beginning readers and won’t be left on the shelf for long.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI

Horn Book

[STARRED REVIEW]
Witty wordplay, snappy dialogue, and rich watercolor and collage illustrations combine in Collier’s (Knock Knock, rev. 11/13; Trombone Shorty, rev. 5/15; et al.) first early reader. The story begins with a young African American girl puzzling over the “right shoes” to wear for a day out with her father. A varied cast of googly-eyed footwear (including ballet slippers, flip-flops, boots, and sneakers) all vie for her attention through a talent show-style display of shoe-ness that involves spinning, squish-squashing, and getting tied up in knots: “PICK US!” Surprisingly, the girl selects one flip-flop and one boot, resulting in an overblown—and very Gerald and Piggie-like—reaction from the remaining shoes (“They are NOT the same!” / “They are NOT a pair!”). A firm “You will see!” is all the assurance the girl provides; in the end, readers discover that a mix-and-match shoe style runs in the family. The hallmarks of this successful series—a limited and repetitive word bank, color-coded word balloons, varied illustrations, and an inherent pageturning quality—are all present and well-executed. Collier’s distinct, sophisticated illustration style (here entertainingly mixed with the zanier shoe illustrations) as well as the realistically depicted female protagonist of color make this excellent entry stand out. (NB: An intermission that permits Gerald and Piggie to insert themselves into the narrative with an Abbott and Costello-inspired routine— “OH NO! LEFT LEFT RIGHT!” / “OH NO! RIGHT LEFT LEFT!” is clever, but may not land with the youngest readers.) patrick gall

Grades K-1
Emergent Readers Plus
For Grades K-1

Engaging short texts and large type for children who are beginning to read. Books feature familiar vocabulary and natural repetition as well as playful hooks to pull in readers. With artwork and layout designed to enhance comprehension, these books foster pleasurable and successful early reading experience.

14 books per Year
$189.00 per Year
Interests
Beginning Readers,ESL,Fiction,Picture Books,Storytime/Read Alouds
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