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silly fun book with lots of shoe-related puns
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
SHOE WARS is a silly fun middle grade read that is somewhere between a graphic novel and chapter book. The story follows the siblings, Ruby and Bear, whose parents were in the shoe selling business until their mother died and the shoe giant, Wendy Wedge, swept in and bought them out. Their dad took their mother's designs and original shoes with him, but he knows Wendy would do anything to get her hands on them.

Late one night, Ruby overhears her father and his flying shoes that could win big shoe inventor awards - ones Wendy would do anything sinister to win. When she uses them to get back at Wendy's nasty son, the secret is out and Wendy has narrowed her evil gaze onto the family.

What I loved: This is a silly fun read that has plenty of giggles, a cartoonish villain, and all manner of shoe puns. The illustrations throughout make for never a dull moment, with illustrations on every page, and often several on a page. The characters really come to life through the art. The shoe puns are numerous and impressive. I particularly enjoyed the "foot notes" (get it?).

The story is really just filly and brings plenty of giggles with great siblings, enemies that are easy to dislike, and all the intrigue of the intense shoe selling world. The two siblings must work together to save their father from Wendy and keep the shoes safe, and this was a lot of fun.

Final verdict: Ridiculous and charming, SHOE WARS is a light-hearted and delightfully illustrated middle grade book that would be great for reluctant readers and early chapter book readers.
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