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by Loris Lesynski
illustrated by Michael Martchenko

The Year’s Best List, Resource Links Picture Books Top 10 List, Ontario Library Association Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 100 Best Canadian Kids’ Books, Today’s Parent Magazine Top 25 Books for Kids List, Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist

What would happen if your shoes shook you? If they pulled you to the park and they zoomed you to the zoo? Find out in this unconventionally active celebration of feet in motion by a much loved children’s poet.

Loris Lesynski definitely knows how to get kids clapping their hands and stomping their feet. In Shoe Shakes, a collection of 10 poems, she set her sights on preschoolers who get a kick out of wacky sounds and off-the-wall ideas. Rhythm lovers will hit the ground running with the join-in beat of “The Boot Boot Bounce.” Kids will giggle at the thought of “Snowshoes” that are shoes made from snow, and will pause to ponder “Feet Thoughts.”.

Complete with uproarious illustrations by Michael Martchenko and surprises on every page, Shoe Shakes is a guaranteed to set toes a-tappin’ and funny bones a-laugin’.


“A feast of footwear fun . . . an innovative and refreshing addition to a classroom unit or library storytime on clothing.”
—Canadian Bookseller, 11/07

“Irresistible . . . exuberant . . . defies both reader and listener to sit still.”
—Quill & Quire, 12/07

“Perfect for sharing and reading aloud . . . a wonderful introduction to reading and poetry.”
—CM Reviews, 11/07


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