Friday, October 18, 2013

PPBF: Shoe-La-La!

Today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick

by Karen Beaumont and LeUyen Pham
Written by Karen Beaumont
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Scholastic, 2011, Fiction, ages 3-8

Creativity, Individuality

"Party dresses, party hair  . .
Need new party shoes to wear.
Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Claire!
Let's go find the perfect pair!"

A rhyming romp through a shoe store with a creative twist solution, this fluffy picture book has little nutritional value, but plenty of girlish heart.

What I Love:
Reminiscent of the Berenstain classic, Old Hat, New Hat, Shoe-La-La! celebrates individuality, creativity, and being a girl. Though I admit, my 9-year-old boy is just as enthralled by the energetic illustrations and tongue-twisting text.

Made with Crayola Model Magic.
1. Play dress-up and clean out your closet at the same time. When you're through, launder and donate to a local charity. Or take a trip to Salvation Army to start a new dress-up collection.
2. Buy a shoe decorating kit or make these fabulous clay versions from Crayola.
Courtesy HoosierHomeMade
3. I like these stylish high-heeled cupcakes from PinkPartyGirl.
4. LeUyen Pham's darling girls can be traced and made into paper dolls. It's a chance for your child to show her own brand of style. Be sure to have plenty of glitter, pom-poms, and ric-rak on hand. You can also use Sherri Osborn's basic, unisex template.

Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday for October 18, 2013.
Thanks to Susanna Leonard Hill.


  1. I bet this will appeal to a lot of shoe lovers out there, Joanne! It looks very fun :) Thanks so much for adding it to our list where there is a dearth of true shoe appreciation! :)

    1. What can I say? I can indulge my shoe fetish vicariously through picture books!

  2. I know a few girls who might love this book! And that shoe decorating kit is cute. It might make a good birthday party present.

    1. Pinterest is also a good place to find ideas for decorating your own shoes. My daughter and I enjoy looking there.

  3. Looks like a fun one. I'm guessing my shoe loving boy will appreciate it too!

  4. This is very cute!

  5. This one sounds fun. My Princesses love playing dress-up so I think they might like this book a lot. And shoe cupcakes?! Who would've thought?! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thank-you all for reading and commenting. I'd love to hear feedback on how your kiddos rate the books I review. Happy reading!


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