Whose Shoe?

Whose Shoe? illus. by Sergio Ruzzier. 32p. ebook available. Clarion. Jun. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780544302105.
PreS-Gr 1—A solitary shoe and an honest mouse determined to find its owner lend an air of whimsy and humor to this investigative tale. Mouse asks everyone, from Spider, who has eight tiny shoes, to Elephant, who has impossibly high heels, but his inquiries come to naught, until he meets Kangaroo. While delighted that Mouse has been so kind to return the shoe, he admits that it hurt his foot. Mouse enjoys the reward for his earnest search, which "is now complete./The stars are shining overhead…./I'm happy in my king-size bed!" Bunting's cheerful rhymes pair perfectly with Ruzzier's pastel and jewel-toned illustrations featuring expressive animals and quirky footwear.
VERDICT Ideal for preschoolers, this title will have wide appeal and could surely be used for storytimes or one-on-one sharing.

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