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Boot & Shoe

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,638 ratings  ·  250 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 a back
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Beach Lane Books (first published October 1st 2012)
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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
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
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.
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
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
I definitely thought this was about cats at first. Anyway it was still very cute. I'm not a big fan of slang in children's books and there's a bit of that in here, that definitely caught me off guard. It just reads very strange to me, maybe because I don't speak like that, I don't know.

3 year old's favorite part: when the dogs went outside to pee on the tree. Sigh.
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.
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
Actually 3 and a half stars...I was sure this was about cats... Being a cat person. They really look like cats to me. But Its about dogs, I guess, anyway, it was cute, funny, entertaining, and it had squirrels, which made it even more riotous. The chase was worth the read, hilarious! I shall have to find more of Frazee's books, she's very talented, and quite funny.
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
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
Kendall Bayer
Boot and Shoe is a story about two dogs that are brothers and live in the same house together. These brothers do everything together except that Shoe prefers to hang out on the front porch and Boot likes the back. All is well with the two brothers until one day a mischievous squirrel shows up and gives them trouble. The two dogs abandon their posts on their porches and chase the squirrel around until they are too tired to continue. When they are finished Boot finds himself on the front porch and ...more
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
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
So cute! And the artwork is adorable too!

The five year old didn't really like the sad part in the story.
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Picture Book.

Estimate of age level of interest: 3-7 year olds

Estimate of reading level: Lexile Measure: 470L

Brief description: This is the story of two dogs that sleep together, pee together, and eat together, but during the day, Boot hangs out on the back porch and Shoe on the front. One day their world turned upside down by the chasing of a squirrel. When they ended the chase, they simultaneously look for each other in their respective
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
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."
Julie Hedlund
A "comedy of errors" picture book featuring two of the most adorable dogs ever. The book has hilarity, poignancy, and an "unexpected but inevitable" ending. LOVE!
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!
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
OMG the cuteness!! Marla Frazee can do no wrong. Adorable dog friendship story.
Marla Frazee is once again magnificent!
Oct 12, 2012 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: dogs
I laughed; I cried; I loved.
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
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
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
Toni Tawes
"Boot and Shoe" is a children's picture book with very simple illustrations. In 2012 it won may awards for being one of the best children's books. Age range is 4-8. I was a little confused by the cover. I thought the story was about two cats. I did really enjoy the book. It was funny and warm. I showed the devotion of two brothers that wouldn't do anything without the other. Thye were lost and sadden when they couldn't find the other. I thought it was a very good read!
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