I love Shoe Baby, we’ve read this to Bryn since he was a baby & at 3.5 continues to enjoy it as I hope Freya will. Her initial reaction has been plenty of smiles (something she excels at) Personally I think some of the enjoyment is from the lyrical text & the mouth shape as you read the repeated line ‘How do you do’. The illustration of the baby is also a delight to look at with his rosy red cheeks, big smile & big head.
The story is of a baby’s adventure flying in a shoe meeting birds, animals from the zoo and even a king & queen. The baby & the shoe are eventually found by the parents, I love the last page of the family of three beaming surrounded by the toys the baby met on his adventures (I am also taken with the mother’s skirt)
I adore the illustrations in the book with contrasting patterns & textures, mix of styles, beautiful colour palette & humour, it’s a real visual delight. The theme of shoes runs throughout the pictures as you can spot some the characters wearing very stylish boots, including a pink cockatoo.
It’s a great read aloud story with sing song text, the opportunity to do some dramatic sobbing as well as beautiful illustrations to look at.
How do you do?
All illustrations © Polly Dunbar
Just a quick post about how much Bryn enjoys this Moshi book, it’s been a great source of entertainment. He really enjoys spotting the different characters and this book is the perfect level of difficulty for him. We did try Where’s Wally first but found pictures too densely packed where as I think this book is less intimidating, with enough white space & super cute characters (am sure once this gets to easy we will be rediscovering Where’s Wally?)
I think Bryn would enjoy more books like this but perhaps with other characters, such as the Barabapapas
We have been reading this delightful rhyming story & I like to imagine Freya is enjoying the beautifully illustrated little babies in the book as much as I do.
We have a number of favourite books illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, such as Going on a Bear Hunt (Michael Rosen) & So Much (Trish Cooke). As with those, what I really appreciate is the charm & character to the drawings. In this book I was tickled by the baby with ‘sneezes & chills’ clutching a water bottle & I love the expressive faces of the babies. It’s also good to see a range of multicultural faces.
Personally for me the main charm of the book lies in remembering the joy of seeing tiny baby fingers & toes for the first time, as my many many photos prove. It has also been fun to read it at a time when Freya is just discovering her fingers & toes.
Ten little fingers & ten little toes