Shoe Wars by Liz Pichon

     Shoe Wars by Liz Pichon, Scholastic Press, 9781338654745, 2020, 1st US Edition March 2021

Format: Graphic novel ARC

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Adventure

What did you like about the book? Ivor Foot is a shoe inventor in Shoe Town. He and his two children, Bear and Ruby, live in fear of Ivor’s tyrannical boss, Wendy Wedge, who steals everyone’s ideas for new, outlandish shoe designs and has banned slippers from the town. Ivor has secretly invented flying shoes, which would certainly be a shoe-in (I could not help myself) for the Golden Shoe Award. Will Wendy find out that Ivor has been keeping a secret? Can the children, with the help of friends Betty Boot and Bert Brogue, stop Wendy from taking over the town and taking credit for everyone else’s ideas?

This book is a graphic/text hybrid, with engaging cartoon pictures interspersed throughout the story. Kids will enjoy all the silly shoe puns, the vicious dogs, and the creative shoe inventions and illustrations. My 3rd grader laughed a lot.

Anything you didn’t like about it? This book is very silly and not particularly deep. Character development is not the point; shoe puns are. For what it is, it is charming.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Elementary students who enjoy graphic novels. Read alikes: Big Nate, The Blood and Thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak by Margaret Mahy

Who should buy this book? Elementary Schools and Public Libraries

Where would you shelve it? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rachel Chiel Katz, Schechter Boston, Newton, MA 

Date of review: 4/15/2021

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