Peter and the Talking Shoes

Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal Published August 2008

A pair of hand-me-down shoes leads a small boy on a madcap adventure. Witty, cartoon-like illustrations and playful text work together in this thoroughly satisfying original folk tale about a clever boy, his even cleverer shoes, and a “simple” errand that turns into an all-day adventure. Full color.

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School Library Journal

Although the text uses a traditional story pattern, it is still fresh and original. The modern, quirky illustrations are a cross between the muted colors and varied perspectives of Lane Smith and the innocent characterization of the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, and add to the book’s energy.…The art and text work hand in hand to produce a balanced, innovative, and ultimately satisfying story. —Martha Topol, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI


Gasoline Alley-style cartoon characters cavort through a funny retro-world where unusual shapings and offbeat perspectives will catch kids’ attention. A new twist on a favorite style of tale. —Ilene Cooper