The Children's Book Compass

Why Should Cats Have All the Fun With Boots?/

Posted on: August 24, 2011

Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley.  Illus. by Roberta Angaramo.  (2011).  Pages not numbered.   Holiday House.  Grades K-3.  Picture Book.

In an original and humorous tale, Dog is inspired by reading Puss in Boots to visit his local shoe shop to obtain his own footwear.  However, the new boots “were not at all splendid or magnificent for digging.  So Dog took them back to the shop.”  After many visits to the shop to obtain new shoes that fit his needs, Dog discovers that his own paws work best.  What a fun romp – why should cats have all the adventures with boots?  This is a circle story, the adventures begin and end with Dog reading a brilliant book.  At the end he is pictured reading Red Riding Hood.  The reader is left wondering how will Dog be inspired by that tale?  The expressive, colorful illustrations add to the fun.  The large size of the book will make it a great read aloud, because the children can see all Dog’s shoe swaps and his humorous trial of each pair.

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