Handselling: “Shoe Dog”

Shoe Dog is a new picture book from the creative team of Megan McDonald and Katherine Tillotson. McDonald is the author of the Judy Moody books. She and Tillotson also collaborated on It’s Picture Day Today! and When the Library Lights Go Out.

In their new book, a terrier puppy is adopted from a shelter and taken to a “real” home, where his new owner showers him with nose kisses and tummy rubs… until he begins chewing on her shoes.

Shoe Dog is a great for children in younger grades and can be helpful when teaching a variety of disciplines: behavior, word descriptions, or even math concepts. I also like the art lessons that can be learned from studying the scribble of a dog.

This is also a great book for storytime. McDonald writes with humor that kids will love, and adults won’t mind reading again and again.

I’ve written a more extensive review, which you are welcome to use. Print it on a recommendation card or place it in your newsletter to teachers.

And be prepared to smile. Shoe Dog is pretty fun.


Shoe Dog by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Katherine Tillotson (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, ISBN 9781416979326, March 25, 2014, recommended for ages 4 to 8.)

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay