Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
This companion to Murray's Apple Pie ABC stars the same lively dog and the same primly dressed owner, updating the traditional counting rhyme "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" for a world in which shoes no longer buckle. After scampering through the house with his owner's shoe, the pup escapes: "Three... four/ Out the door!" The girl catches up with him, he teases her with the shoe, then runs off again: "Five... six/ Doggie tricks!" Murray has donned the mantle of late '50s and early '60s illustrators whose stripped-down, geometric shapes and cheerful colors are instantly recognizable. Working in a palette of milky reds, blues, and greens, she lays out big, simple forms to look at and count (six red tulips, seven trees, eight sheets on a clothesline). Matte pages, meticulous typography, and the screenprintlike quality of Murray's artwork lend a handmade feel. A chase through the laundry, the chicken yard, and beyond ends with the reunion of girl and shoe. Murray's skillful use of vintage motifs is a surefire draw for parents in search of books with a hip, throwback sensibility. Ages 2-6. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by School Library Journal Review
PreS-K-The little girl and her dog from Apple Pie ABC (Hyperion, 2011) are back. Here, the frisky pup steals the child's red shoe. She chases after him, "One.Two./Three.Four/Out the door!" and "Through the gate" until he's pulled up short by 10 marching hens. Each number is spelled out and represented numerically and pictorially. The bright graphic-style illustrations have a retro feel and greatly enhance the storytelling. This fanciful counting book is perfect for one-on-one or group sharing and a must-buy for most collections, especially those that have the companion ABC.-Kathy Buchsbaum, Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Horn Book Review
The same girl-dog pair -- and same classic art style -- that starred in last years Apple Pie ABC (rev. 7/11) is back, and the little black-and-white beagle is up to some new tricks. Here, in a twist on the nursery rhyme "One Two Buckle My Shoe," most of the narrative action is carried by the lively illustrations that show the dog grabbing the girls red shoe and running out the back door. A game of backyard keep-away and then a chase ultimately end in the dog flustering nine baby chicks and drawing the ire of ten mother hens, requiring a rescue of the dog by the girl. The numbers from one to ten appear in blocks in the corners of otherwise wordless pages, with items to count (five butterflies, six flowers, seven trees, eight sheets on a clothesline, etc.) appearing in the illustration without any reference in the text, although they do appear in silhouette at the bottom of each number block in case there is any confusion. This is a step above most counting books, and the clean, bold art is superb. kathleen t. horning (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
In a companion to Apple Pie ABC (2011), Murray reworks another familiar rhyme into a drama pitched perfectly for preschoolers. Endpapers hint at the plot and provide an opportunity to identify numbers, colors and story elements. More foreshadowing occurs in the cozy scene of the returning heroine and her beagle opposite the title page; she is reading, appropriately, To Catch a Thief. Immediately the pace quickens as the dog snatches the child's shoe and cavorts through the house, garden and gate. The brief, rhymed text ("One / Two / That's my shoe!") is carefully placed to allow viewers time to count the teddy bears, flowers, etc., along the way. Each numeral appears with a matching set of objects in a block anchored to a page corner; the number is spelled out nearby. Warm cream backgrounds showcase the pale turquoise rectangles of the flooring, the brilliant red chair, tulips and shoes and the green patches of grass and tree canopy. The illustrator's background in textiles is evident in the retro styling and meticulous design. A wash line scene, in which the two figures are silhouetted behind transparent, patterned sheets drying on a line, offers an entertaining visual trick. In a satisfying conclusion, hens chase the dog, setting the stage for a homophonic "Shoo!" and a narrative twist. Count on repeated readings of this fun and frisky tale. (Picture book. 18 mos.-5) ]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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