Elizabeth Winthrop is the author of numerous books for young readers. She lives in New York, City. William Joyce lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his lovely wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Mary Katherine and Jack. They also have a dachshund named Rose and something else named Rex. Mr. Joyce has produced two animated television shows based on his books: Rolie Polie Olie and George Shrinks. He also produced and designed the animated feature film Robots. Every once in a while he does a cover for The New Yorker. His alarmingly optimistic picture books include Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo, Santa Calls, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, and Bently & Egg.He is currently futzing around on several books and stories that embrace the alleged healing power of heroically scaled silliness.
PreS-K In strong marching cadences, Winthrop catalogues the kinds and uses of footwear that a young child might have. There are ``Shoes to skate in, shoes to skip in, shoes to turn a double flip in,'' plus bunny slippers, ballet shoes, and even stilts. All are worn by four tousle-headed, determined, and very active children. Squarish watercolor and colored pencil illustrations keep all the action where it belongswith the skippers, divers, and do-ers; adults are pictured only as midsections or torsos. The humorous ending takes a little liberty with ``shoes,'' claiming, in two pages of alternating picture strips and four lines of text, that the very best ``shoes'' are those that will not pinch, or get handed down, or be too hot``your very own skinny-boned, wiggly-toed FEET.'' The preschool story hour groups will all be clapping hands and checking out each other's footwear after hearing this rollicking rhyming paean to shoes. Susan Hepler, Windsor Public Library, Conn.
"Joyce's pictures are animated, energetic, and warmly
"A rollicking rhyming paean to shoes."--School Library Journal