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Boot & Shoe

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,251 ratings  ·  229 reviews
Two adorably floppy dogs confront unexpected change in this endearing picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee.

Boot and Shoe were born into the same litter, and now they live in the same house. They eat out of the same bowl, pee on the same tree, and sleep in the same bed. But they spend their days apart—Boot on the back porch because he’s...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Beach Lane Books (first published October 1st 2012)
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Carolynne
I love Marla Frazee's books, but I didn't think this came up to standard, especially if the standard is Caldecott Honor bookA Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, or even Roller Coaster. I am not the first person to notice that Boot and Shoe look like cats, specifically a Persian and Siamese mix. I'm not sure what breed Boot and Shoe are (maybe some Yorkshire and Pomeranian?), but wouldn't dogs named Boot and Shoe look, I don't know, tougher?

But that's not my main objection: I thought the sto...more
Kathryn
Well, when I saw the cover alone I thought this would be about cats but it's about dogs. I'm happy with either ;-) though I think I prefer Frazee's illustrations of humans to those of animals, but they are still very cute. The story itself is fine, it's about two dogs who share a house and are very good friends but one likes to hang out on the front porch and the other on the back porch during the day. It's a nice way to show kids that one can have many similar interests with a friend or family...more
Tatiana
Jan 04, 2013 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades K-2
I've become a fan of Marla Frazee as an illustrator (All the World & Stars). This is the first work I've read from her as an author/illustrator. Boot & Shoe has her signature, two-time Caldecott Honor medalist artwork; her sketches of nighttime scenes are especially lovely.

The story is cute, centering around two dogs, Boot and Shoe (who look like cats, to be honest) whose predictable existence on the back porch and front porch, respectively, is thrown into disarray by a mischievous squi...more
Jody
Very funny, especially for dog lovers. The squirrel who gets "all up in the dogs' business" is hilarious. My only complaint is that I thought the dogs were cats at first from the illustrations.
Dachokie
Humorous with a Warm and Fuzzy Message …

This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free advance copy of the book.

BOOT & SHOE is a simple story about two dogs from the same litter that complacently live separate lives in the same house (one on the front porch and one on the back porch). Without thought, the dogs go about their daily routine apart from one-another with the exception of eating, sleeping and using the same “latrine tree”. One day, the dogs’ mundane...more
Kelsey
Age: Preschool-1st grade

I truly love Marla Frazee--she is one of my favorite artists--so automatic three stars. The fourth star is for the devout friendship Boot and Shoe have for each other--and the squirrel chase scene.

As Boot and Shoe chase the squirrel around the house, the illustrations show duplicate images of dog chasing squirrel over every inch of the exterior. That is until squirrel got bored and walked away. With all the commotion of the scene, Frazee places the ending line "And walked...more
Dolly
Jan 13, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2013, childrens, pets
This is a sweet and entertaining story about two dogs. The slow, routine life for Boot and Shoe is very soothing and the disruption to that tranquility is humorous and startling. The pencil and gouache illustrations are wonderful, although I have to admit that I did a double-take on the first page trying to decide if the animals were cats or dogs (of course, they are dogs.)

Overall, we enjoyed reading this book together and we laughed heartily at the squirrel chase illustration in the middle of...more
Terri
Any good children's book worth its salt, will have excellent illustrations. This one does.

Second criteria for a children's book is that you, the adult, won't mind reading it over and over again.

Marla Frazee's whimsical illustrations are wonderfully captivating. It is that children's book that you and your little listener can look at over and over for a long time. Add to that, the story line is sweet and clever- Two dogs from the same litter live together, doing everything together until one day...more
Kerri
I love Marla Frazee!! She is one of my favorite picture book authors/illustrators. And what an adorable book Boot & Shoe was. Not only are the illustrations great but there were a few lines in the book that had me chuckle!

In reference to a trouble making squirrel: "And then it got all up in Boot's business."

And my favorite line in the book: "But, even in the worst of times, a dog still needs to pee."

Can't wait to read it in storytime!!
Rebecca Tenbrook
This was a very cute book. This book was about two dogs that do everything together except sit on the porch together. One sits in the front and the other in the back until one day something happens that brings them to each others place and they are surprised to find out the other is not there. The story goes on to describe how they find each other again. I think this story would be perfect for a Kindergarten or first grade read aloud. The text follows a pattern and it would be easy for students...more
Drew Graham
Boot and Shoe are two dogs that do everything and go everywhere together -- everywhere, that is, except for their respective relaxation perches on the front and back porch. When a meddlesome squirrel gets all up in their business and upsets their routine, they find themselves wondering desperately what could have happened to the other, and if they'll ever see each other again!

MF does it again! (Setting aside the fact that I thought the dogs in this were cats at first...) This was, as expected, h...more
midnightfaerie
A book my 5 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.
Lisa
Boot and shoe are dogs that are very close twin brothers and just like any twin they do everything alike. Unfortunately one day they get really mixed up because of a pesky squirrel and can not seem to figure out where the other one is. They both sit around thinking the one will eventually show up not realizing that the other one is doing the exact same thing. After much time spent waiting, they both end up having to go to the bathroom at the same tree, which is how they finally find each other a...more
Karyn
I love Marla Frazee. I fell in love with the illustrations. They communicate all the feelings involved in this book. Favorite line: "even in the worst of times, a dog still needs to pee."
Karin
Love it!! Great book about friendship or siblings. Love the part where the squirrel gets "up in their business." HA! To think, peeing can bring people together!
Shawn Thrasher
This was merely okay, mostly because of the squirrel. The squirrel is the zenith of the book, and everything was the doldrums after that. You know that part in the last Harry Potter where Harry and Hermione spend an inordinate amount of time doing nothing, wandering around aimlessly, arguing and moping? That's what this book felt like, only in miniature. Thank god Frazee told us the species of Boot and Shoe; they look suspiciously like cats. I usually like Marla Frazee books, but this one just d...more
Melanie
Boot and Shoe are littermates and have always been together. They sleep together, eat together and even pee together. But Boot spends his days on the back porch and Shoe spends his days on the front porch. One day a squirrel shows up and begins irritating both dogs. Both Boot and Shoe chase the squirrel around and around. Eventually the squirrel walks away. Boot is on the front porch and Shoe is not. Shoe is on the back porch, and Boot is not. Both dogs wait for the other all night long. It's a...more
Becky
OMG the cuteness!! Marla Frazee can do no wrong. Adorable dog friendship story.
Elisabeth
Marla Frazee is once again magnificent!
Anne
Oct 12, 2012 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: dogs
I laughed; I cried; I loved.
Tasha
Boot and Shoe were born in the same litter and now live together in the same house. They eat out of the same bowl, pee on the same tree, and sleep in the same bed. They do spend their days apart though, one on the front porch and one on the back porch. Everything was blissful until a squirrel started messing with them one day. After a ferocious chasing around the house, Shoe found himself on the back porch, where Boot should be, and Boot was on the front porch with no Shoe in sight. The two wait...more
Chelsey
The story Boot and Shoe was a story about two dogs who came from the same litter and did mostly everything together. The one thing that differentiated their actions was where they decided to sit during the day. Boot would sit in the front, and Shoe would sit in the back. One day a squirrel came and messed with the two dogs and they both chased the squirrel until it left. They both ended up on the opposite sides of the house and wondered where the other was. So they waited and waited until the ot...more
Maureen
Litter-mates Boot and Shoe do everything together - sleep, pee, and eat. The only thing different is that Boot prefers to spend the day on the back porch and Shoe prefers to spend his day on the front porch. All is fine until a pesky squirrel mixes things up and the dogs on the wrong porches. They each decide to wait for the other and so they are both stuck until they both have to pee and find each other. This is a very cute story about brothers, friendship, and love.

The illustrations are "rend...more
Robin
It's always super cool and fun to get books ahead of their publication date. It's usually the advance review copies which sometimes contain mistakes or ultimately come out with different covers or different titles! This year before I went to NYC for the Day of Dialog and BEA, I asked for and received an invite to the first Children's Librarian's Dinner. (Apparently there has been one for adult services librarians for years featuring writers of popular fiction and non-fiction.) So not only did we...more
Kim
The story "Boot & Shoe" are about two dogs that take one another for granted until they think the other has gone missing after a squirrel encounter. In the end, the dogs are overjoyed to find each other and choose to spend time together.

Little kids, like 3-year olds, might appreciate this story. It is repetitive and simple, but kind of boring for adults.

The squirrel provided a little comic relief, but squirrels don't really behave as described in the story. Dogs chase squirrels because the...more
Hans
There seems to be a resurgence in high-quality children's books. (Though it's just as likely that I wasn't paying attention for a good number of years.) My wife's keen eye picked out this book as the perfect gift for our friends' kiddo. She was right. It's hard to beat a book with two cute dogs, a misadventure with a squirrel, and the perfect resolution(view spoiler). Lots to love in this book.
Samantha
Boot and Shoe are two dogs who do almost everything together. They eat, sleep, and go outside together, but Boot prefers lounging on the back porch while Shoe enjoys the front porch. One day a squirrel upsets their world and both dogs chase it until they end up on different porches confused and concerned that each other are missing. It becomes a series of missed opportunites as each dog goes without dinner and sleep waiting for the return of the other. When the need to use the bathroom overwhelm...more
Ashley
This book is a cute simple story of two dogs that do everything together, but after chasing a squirrel are unable to find each other. It would be great for grades 2nd and younger. I don't see a strong use for the story other than a fun read for enjoyment.
Mrs. Knott
I will read anything that Marla Frazee illustrates, whether she writes it or not. This was a cute story about two dog siblings that have their own ways of doing things, but their routine always has them meeting together throughout the day. Until one day a crazy squirrel comes by and wrecks everything!
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