Friday, January 14, 2011

Shoe-la-la! by Karen Beaumont - Book Review and Giveaway

My daughter has narrow feet so she must deal with limited options when it comes to purchasing shoes. But that doesn't stop her from dreaming. She likes flashy even when it comes to sneakers. If she could somehow figure out a way to make it happen, all of her clothing and accessories would sparkle. So, when a new, sparkly book called Shoe-la-la! arrived in our mailbox last week, she snatched it up with glee. Fancy Nancy, Pinkalicious and now Shoe-la-la ... her glamour girl books.

Shoe-La-La! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Leuyen Pham. Scholastic Press (January 2011); ISBN 9780545067058; picture book
Book Source: Review copy from publisher


At the corner of Hightop and Oxford streets sits a fancy shoe store called Shoe-la-la with aisles and aisles of shoes galore. Four little girls -- Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Claire -- have a party to attend and need shoes to match their fancy outfits. They decide to visit the posh shoe palace, each in search of the perfect pair. A mountain of shoes piles up, and they have a splendid time as they try on pair after pair after pair, ones with leopard spots to shoes with taps. But, they never find exactly what they need and leave empty-handed, much to the frustration of their exhausted salesman. Undaunted, the children-turned-designers use their imagination and crafty talents to fashion their own fabulous party footwear.

With all the glitter on the cover and all the dress-up fun inside, this one is a not-to-miss for every little girl. Shoe-la-la! comes with a full seal of approval from my daughter. The rhyming verses make it a supremely fun read-aloud (wouldn't expect less from the brilliant Beaumont -- love Ain't Gonna Paint know More! & now love Shoe-la-la!) and the text is short and interesting enough to keep the attention of toddlers on up to early elementary. LeUyen Pham's illustrated array of shoes is dizzying! My daughter delights in picking out her favorites from all the piles. She'd be in heaven if she could try them on herself. Pham gives the four multicultural girls their own distinctive styles and personalities. And, her drawings make it easy to get swept up in the girls' enthusiasm for shoes. Even my toddler son can't resist.

Related links:
Leuyen Pham - Illustrator Website
Karen Beaumont - Author Website




❖❖ Design Your Own Shoe Craft ❖❖

Not to be outdone, my kids decided to fancy up some shoes of their own with this homemade slipper craft. For the sole of the shoes, I traced the shape of their feet onto pieces of craft foam paper and cut them out with a scissors. I then cut out half circle pieces of foam to use for the top of the slipper. I sewed the shoe tops and bottoms together by hand (it didn't take long and I wasn't fussy about being neat). The kids took their perfectly sized slippers and personalized them with stickers, markers and whatever else they could find in the house. The shoe project was hit and best of all, they could try on and model their designs when they were finished, just like in the book!





Scholastic has graciously offered to give away (2) copies of Shoe-la-la! Two (2) winners will each get a sparkly book about some fancy shoes!

To enter this contest, leave a comment relevant to this post. Or, let me know if you have a favorite children's book about shoes. We're in shoe mode and would love your suggestions.
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• Contest ends on Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random and sent an email notification.
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62 comments:

25kati said...

I would love to get this book for my cousin because she is six and loves to read but she is also the ultimate girly girl. Plus i'm her favorite cousin and I wouldn't want to disappoint her!
It says the contest ends on january 31, 2010 so I may be wasting my time but..
klearboredom@yahoo.com

LadyD said...

A favorite would be "Ballet Shoes" by Noel Streatfeild. I blogged giveaway, tweeted, twitter follow and blog follow!


http://ladyd-books.blogspot.com/2011/01/quote-it-shoes-and-giveaway.html

Brimful Curiosities said...

@25kati - Thanks for catching my mistake. The date should be 1/31/11. I'm not used to the new year yet!

@LadyD - Thanks for entering in all those ways. I know it's a pain, but to get counted, you'll have to leave separate entries. I use random.org to chose my winners and it picks by number.

Judy said...

How sweet! It's not just the girls who love the glitz; my grandson is awfully proud and picky about his shoes, too. I won't enter the contest for him, but I will enter for grand #2, who we will find out soon whether tis a boy or a girl!

LadyD said...

I tweet!

Brimful Curiosities: Shoe-la-la! by Karen Beaumont - Book Review and Giveaway http://bit.ly/eGPQZs

Shelly B said...

I would love this one for my oldest granddaughter...she loves shoes!

I am also a follower.

The Canady Family said...

My 5 month old already loves to look at shoes. This would be a great bedtime book!

thecanadyfamily@gmail.com

Trena said...

My 5 year old and 2 year old would love this book! My girls love shoes, and sadly, they don't get that from me! I'm more of a purse girl myself. My husband on the other hand has a closet full...no joke. His tennis shoe collection is just ridiculous! lol.

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apple blossom said...

This looks like a cute story.
I'd love to be included in the giveaway. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

librarian pirate said...

It's not about shoes but my sisters and I loved The hundred dresses by Eleanor Estes back in the day. It's a great easy chapter book!
thelibrarianpirate@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

This would be a fun book to read to my preschool class. Thanks for the chance to win!
Zoe0825@verizon.net

wmmahaney said...

I have three little nieces who would adore this book.
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coolestfamilyontheblock said...

This book looks adorable for any little girly girl. It's too early to tell how "princess-y" my little girl will be yet, but I'm sure trying :) I'd love to have this shoe book for her when she's older! I LOVE the slipper craft too...so creative, I bet the kids had a blast making their own slippers!

Megan said...

My daughter and I recently read a book called "Ooh La La Polka Dot Boots" which pretty much said that polka dot boots go with any outfit. Very fun and very cute!
mearley1979 at gmail dot com

conuly said...

Why yes, I would like to enter this contest. We have our own shoe-buying issues here due to high arches.

Elsie said...

"Shoe-la-la" would be so fun...
to have Grandma read, to our little one...
A toddler with a smile that is so sweet,
And I can imagine them giggling together,
And looking at their feet!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

Gina said...

I'd love to win! But even if I don't, I'm definitely going to get this one from the library and do your shoe project with my little one. We have so much fun with the ideas you share...thank you!

janetfaye said...

My little niece loves shoes and she would love this book.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I blogged:
http://janetsbookplace.blogspot.com/2011/01/shoe-la-la-by-karen-beaumont-book.html

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I follow you on Twitter - Janetfaye

Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/28701905941168128

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Anna said...

what a cute idea for a book - my girls love fashion and fancy nancy so i know they'd love a shoe book. future Sarah Jessica Parker's at my house LOL

Susie B. Homemaker said...

I have 3 girls and would love to add this to our book collection. My oldest (5 yrs. old) loves Fancy Nancy books and this seems like it's right up the same alley. :)
susie at susiebhomemaker dot com

Terra H. said...

This looks like a fun book for little girls. I think the craft your children did is pretty neat. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

apple blossom said...

blogged about your giveaway

http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/2011/01/childrens-book-giveaway_29.html

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Jenn S. said...

This sounds like the perfect gift for my niece. She is only four but LOVES shoes.

jas8929 at gmail dot com

slb3334 said...

My niece loves shoes so this would be perect for her.

slb3334@gmail.com

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

I regret that my poor little girl inherited my narrow feet. Shoe shopping is tough! But this book looks ADORABLE! What a clever title! I already follow your blog and on twitter - and I will tweet about the contest too. :) Thanks!

Kimberly said...

I don't believe we have any books about shoes at our house but I could easily see this book becoming a favorite!
Kims2312@verizon.net

crystalf said...

This book looks so cute. I looked at it a little at our book fair preview and it looked adorable. My daughter would love it. thanks for the giveaway!

Brenda said...

I have a friend who has a grand daughter who loves to try on Grandma's dance shoes, and any others lying about. The two of them often have days where they do a lot of painting and crafts, so I could just see her making shoes!
I would like to win the book for her, Sophia!

I'm a follower with GFC and posted this to my blog:
http://dancealertreads.blogspot.com/2011/01/brimful-curiosities-shoe-la-la-by-karen.html

dancealert at aol

Kellie Conklin said...

I love the diversity of the character this book appears to have! Plus, who doesn't love a children's book about shoes? The illustrations are super cute and colorful, I would love to add this book to my library! I can't think of any shoe books! Thanks for the giveaway!
Kconklin1028@gmail.com

susansmoaks said...

i don't know of any other kids books about shoes but i know we loves shoes around here
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Laura H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite children's book about shoes is "The Elves and the Shoemaker" by the Brothers Grimm.

BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

Laura H. said...

Twitter follower (MamaHendo3) and tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/32256040300978176

BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

Nancye said...

I don't have any favorite books about shoes, but I love children's books!!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

I follow you on Twitter and I Tweeted
@NancyeDavis

http://twitter.com/#!/NancyeDavis/status/32275480350556160

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nell said...

My favorite children's book about shoes is Puss in Boots (Lincoln Kirstein (author) and Alain Vaes (illustrator)). Also Gossie by Olivier Dunrea!

J. Cannon said...

Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild!
jackieque@comcast.net