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Shoe dog
First edition.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Reading Level:
AD 540 L Lexile
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In order to stay in the warm and cozy home he has longed for, Shoe Dog must learn to stop chewing shoes.


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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!

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.

Author Notes

Megan McDonald was born February 28, 1959, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She grew up in the 1960s the youngest of five girls - which later became the inspiration of the Sister's Club. She attended Oberlin College and received a B.A. in English, then she went on to receive a Library Science degree at Pittsburgh University in 1986. Before becoming a full-time writer, McDonald had a variety of jobs working in libraries, bookstores, museums, and even as a park ranger.She was children's librarian, working at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Minneapolis Public Library and Adams Memorial Library in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She has received various awards for her storytelling including a Judy Blume Contemporary Fiction Award, a Children's Choice Book award, and a Keystone State Award among others. McDonald has also written many picture books for younger children and continues to write. Her most recent work was the "Julie Albright" series of books for the American public. She currently resides in Sebastopol, California with her husband and pets.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Dog is excited when the lady chooses him from an animal shelter. At last he can graduate to a place full of hundreds of nose kisses, dozens of tummy rubs. But a problem asserts itself: Dog likes to chew shoes in fact, five high heels, four flip-flops, three sneakers, two boots, one wing tip in a single day. The lady buys more; they get eaten. More; eaten. The otherwise lovable mutt now dubbed Shoe Dog simply cannot restrain himself, regardless of his degraded living conditions (now he's in the basement with only a mop for a friend ). The lady solves the problem by bringing home slippers that look like cats. Shoe Dog, meet Shoe Cat! McDonald's lively word choices inject plenty of life into the repetitive storyline, and Tillotson's crayon, charcoal, and digital illustrations give it a goofy spark, depicting Shoe Dog as a zig-zag pattern that looks drawn from a single, thick line. This cool canine creation cavorts through an Escher-like home abstracted into furniture floating amid white space. Simple to relate to and easy to love.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2014 Booklist

New York Review of Books Review

Ismail, a British illustrator with a background in animation, uses bright, beautiful brush strokes of watercolor to convey the manic, tail-wagging, mud-spattering energy that Fred, a furry black mop of a dog, brings to bedtime. Though Fred is the center of attention, Ismail adds just the right amount of decorative intensity to his surroundings: Look out for the cleverly appropriate book titles ("Woof," "A Shaggy Tale") that at last persuade this exuberant puppy to settle down for a story. IS THAT MY CAT? Written and illustrated by Jonathan Allen. 28 pp. Boxer Books. $16.95. (Picture book; ages 2 to 6) No slim kitty, this cat is nearly as wide as she is long, and seems to spend all day eating and sleeping. The boy who cares for her is perplexed. "My cat is a little cat who leaps in and out of the cat flap," he insists, while Allen's pictures suggest otherwise: The cat, Winnie-the-Pooh-like, gets stuck with her front half inside and her back half out. What's going on? Soon, the cat's reverted to her old svelte self, but there's a big surprise (six little ones, really) mewing in the closet. SHOE DOG By Megan McDonald. Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson. 40 pp. Richard Jackson/Atheneum. $17.99. (Picture book; ages 3 to 6) "Dog wanted a home. A real home. A place full of hundreds of nose kisses, dozens of tummy rubs." Adopted by "Herself," Dog couldn't be happier, until he is banished to the basement for chewing up shoes. In Tillotson's charcoal-and-crayon drawings, the scribbly dog's desires are at odds with his owner's elegant wardrobe. 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. MATILDA'S CAT Written and illustrated by Emily Gravett. 32 pp. Simon & Schuster. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8) Dressed in a stripy cat suit, Matilda, who looks to be about 4, has all sorts of ideas for how to play with her similarly striped cat. But kitty turns her nose up at each activity Matilda proposes, from tree-climbing to bike-riding - even the promising prospect of fooling around with yarn. Gravett's charming pictures of the determined girl and her skeptical cat are full of funny details as the two struggle to figure out what they have in common. Could it involve napping? SPARKY! By Jenny Offill. Illustrated by Chris Appelhans. 40 pp. Schwartz & Wade. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8) Perhaps not everyone will see the humor in naming a sloth Sparky, but this distinctively illustrated story will amuse those who do. A lonely girl, painted in rainy-day watercolor washes of teal and brown, longs for a pet. Her mother agrees, if it "doesn't need to be walked or bathed or fed." The sloth that arrives by Express Mail spends most of his time slumped over a tree branch, but his presence brings a smile of delight to his young owner; he really is just what she wanted. ONLINE A slide show of this week's illustrated books at

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

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 excitingthe 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 punishmentno petting or access to the Big Bedsee 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)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.