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One shoe two shoes
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32 pages (unnumbered) : color illustrations ; 31 x 31 cm.
Introduces colors and the numbers one to ten as increasing numbers of mice explore a wide variety of shoes.


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With bright, bold illustrations, this stylish picture book features lots of shoes, ten white mice, and one adorable dog.

One shoe , two shoes.
Red shoes , blue shoes.

Two shoes make a pair .
Who's that hiding there?

Shoes, shoes, and more shoes . . . this book is bursting shoes of all different colors, sizes, and shapes. There's a pair here to suit everyone--even a family of mice!

Jolly, rhythmic text carries you playfully along in this delightfully stylish book that introduces colors and numbers in a gentle and fun way.

Author Notes

Caryl Hart writes picture books and young fiction. She loves dog walks, cafés, and snuggling. She runs creative literacy workshops for schools and libraries. Caryl's picture books include Big Box Little Box , Prince George Goes to School , Prince George and the Royal Potty , the Whiffy Wilson series , How to Save a Superhero, There's a Monster in My Fridge , The Princess and the Peas, The Princess and the Presents, and The Princess and the Giant . She lives in England with her husband and two daughters.
Edward Underwood is the illustrator of Big Box Little Box and is one half of the Lisa Jones Studio design team. He and his wife, Lisa, began designing and hand-printing their own range of cards in their London studio in 2000. Drawing on their backgrounds in art and fashion, they've since stocked the world's finest galleries, museums, boutiques, and department stores with design-led goodies.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

An ode to shoes and counting gets a playful twist with the introduction of some mischievous mice in this cheerful concept book by the makers of Big Box Little Box. The adventure begins with Seussian rhymes ("One shoe/ Two shoes/ Red shoes/ Blue shoes") as a dog accompanies its owner for a walk. But the narrative shifts with the appearance of a slim pink tail curling up from a pair of striped flats-a family of mice occupies a series of shoes. In bold cut-out graphics and bright colors, Underwood's pencil, ink, and digital-collage illustrations go on to depict inquisitive mice in all different footwear-a clog, a pink striped boot, plaid slippers-while the dog, now napping with one eye open, half keeps watch as the count multiplies from one to 10 (though a few gray mice seem left out of the accounting, which may confuse readers). An open shoebox becomes a slide and another becomes a place to hide until the dog, alerted by a "scritchy-scratchy" sound, investigates. After the mice scatter, the hound heads out on another walk. And for the shoe-loving mice? A frolicsome spin on some roller skates awaits. A colorful exploration of colors, numbers, and footwear. Ages 3-6. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

A playful pup, 10 mischievous mice, and some fashionable footwear unite in this seemingly simple counting book. Hart pays homage to One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish with clever rhyming text that channels the classic on its opening spreads. But in lieu of fish are shoes as seen from a dog's-eye view as footwear of varying styles, shades, and purpose step past the frolicking pup on its walk. Home again, canine curiosity is piqued as mice scramble and scurry, one by one, to occupy the various shoes. Onomatopoeia offers clues as to the mice's whereabouts, and readers will delight in the floppy-eared dog's search for them. With one lick it scatters the plump white rodents before heading out on another walk. While the nonlinear text begs to be read aloud, it's Underwood's skillful compositions and expressive characters that propel the sequencing of events, bringing the tale full circle. Done in pencil and marker with paper and digital collage, the graphically simplified shapes showcase the artist's ability to execute form and design. Reminiscent of M. Sasek, Mary Blair, and other artists influenced by post-World War II optimism, Underwood's nostalgic interpretation of modern living channels a visual style associated with feelings of opportunity and prosperity, appealing to readers of all ages.A must-read-aloud text with memorable charactersUnderwood and Hart make a perfect pair. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Old shoes, new shoes, on-their-way-to-school shoes. In simple rhyming phrases, a pet dog explores its owners' and neighbors' shoes in their bright variations before discovering a family of tiny white mice living, scurrying, and playing inside the shoeboxes. The second collaboration by this author/illustrator team feels like a distinct companion piece to their Big Box Little Box (2018) a similar concept with a cat protagonist, same limited presence of the human pet owner where they have yet again created a unique offering that hovers somewhere between a concept book and an easy reader. Hart's atypical and deliberately off-meter rhyming pattern can feel unfinished and disruptive, but it's also very fresh and inventive, and Underwood's innovative illustrations give life to the bare text and help flesh out the simple story. It's a sweet, largely monosyllabic book with large images and plenty of context clues for emerging readers, infused with subtle nods to color identification and counting as well.--Becca Worthington Copyright 2010 Booklist