________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 7 . . . . November 23, 2007

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Shoe Shakes.

Loris Lesynski. Illustrated by Michael Martchenko.           
Toronto, ON: Annick Press, 2007.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $19.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-55451-105-1 (pbk.), ISBN 978-1-55451-106-8 (hc.).

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Children’s poetry, Canadian (English).

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.

Review by Rosemary Hollett.

*** /4

excerpt:

It's morning!

and morning

as everyone knows

begins with a wiggle

in everyone's toes.

Your knees need to jiggle,
your arms need to spin.

a wonderful way for a day

to begin!

 

This opening verse from Shoe Shakes by author Loris Lesynski sets the tone for a book of clever poems and kid-friendly rhymes. As with past volumes, such as Dirty Dog Boogie and Nothing Beats a Pizza, this successful writer knows what it takes to have young and old alike tapping toes, shaking hips and shimmying shoulders.

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     Lesynski's love of language is consistent, and her poetic style is always fun for children. She is known for the rhyme and rhythm of her comic verse, and each of these 10 brand new offerings begs to be read aloud. The author knows what children like, and her off-the-wall humour appeals to young imaginations.

     Illustrator Michael Martchenko’s wonderfully playful artwork is rendered in pencil, watercolour and gouache. His style is easily recognized and can be seen in many of the books written by author Robert Munsch.

     This is Martchenko's second collaboration with Loris Lesynski. The illustrations as they appear in this book are perfectly suited to the verse. Martchenko's own sense of humour shines through with each fun and frolicking character. His colourful, energetic renderings give added life to each poem.

     Shoe Shakes is a book perfect for sharing and reading aloud. Teachers of young children will find it requested again and again, and parents and caregivers will find it a wonderful introduction to reading and poetry.

Recommended.

Rosemary Hollett is the librarian at St. Emile School in Winnipeg, MB.

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