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Shoe Dog

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Adorable shelter dog learns house rules in charming story.

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SHOE DOG is a cute story about an irrepressible pup who has a lot of trouble following the rules and resisting the urge to chew up shoes. Illustrator Katherine Tillotson captures so much personality and emotion in her main character, even though he's drawn as a kind of crayon and charcoal scribble on digitally collaged spreads. Changes in lighting deftly contrast the bright, happy Land of Upstairs with the sad, blue-gray nighttime of the cold floor downstairs where the dog is banished "with only a mop for a friend."

Art and text work together perfectly as the surprisingly action-packed story moves along and the dog dashes from stairs to bed to "Comfy Chair" and closet, sure that he smells some tasty new shoe to devour, and finally leaping into the arms of his happy owner.

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