Reviews for Ooh La La Polka-Dot Boots

Booklist Reviews 2010 January #1
From the astronaut with a silver hat to the princess with a gold tiara, the characters in this small, interactive picture book celebrate clothes and costumes. Young children, especially those who become passionately attached to favorite outfits, will enjoy the bright, active, acrylic paintings that show a cast of diverse kids in snazzy ensembles of all kinds. A small flap on each double-page spread adds to the fun: when flipped over onto the opposite page, the flap reveals pictures that match up with the figures on the previous page and change what they're wearing into something new. Whether the outfits are "Overwear / Underwear / Whisper-wear / Thunderwear," neat or messy, sweet or loud, the bright, zany wardrobes provide plenty of fun, and kids may want to move on to their own dress-up games with the duds they love. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
Each double-page spread showcases four barefooted children in their apparel of choice: "Hot hats / Cold hats / Silver hats / Gold hats." Flip the bottom-third of the right-hand page to see the fashionista outfits complete with "polka-dot boots!" The acrylic and digital collage illustrations are a playful accessory to the rhyming text. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2010 March #1
Olson-Brown's joyful jubilee is a tribute to polka-dot footwear. Jaunty verses utilize an assortment of adjectives to describe types of clothing from hats to pants and everything in between. Each two-page spread features a quartet of barefoot children attired in the finery detailed by the accompanying text ("Ugly pants / Pretty pants / Country pants / City pants," for instance). A flap at the bottom third of the page turns to reveal the concluding refrain (in this case, "A rainbow of polka-dot boots!") and the children's tooties now shod in an array of polka-dotted boots. The color-saturated pages depict children in a bevy of inventive outfits. The simplicity and predictability of the text readily lends itself to jolly read-aloud sessions. The bright primary colors of Engel's acrylic-and-digital collage illustrations are ideally suited for the preschool audience. The novelty of "dressing" the characters in fanciful galoshes adds to the allure. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 April

PreS-Gr 1--The multicultural cast featured in Engel's digital collages showcases an array of fashion styles, and each boy or girl accessorizes with a pair of polka-dot boots. On every spread, four children are each engaged in a different activity, and all wear a similar item ("Plain coats/Zany coats/Sun coats/Rainy coats"). A shorter, illustrated flap between the full-size pages of each spread transforms bare feet or stockinged feet into polka-dot boot-clad appendages and adds some text about the footwear. The bouncy text presents readers with plenty of adjectives and nouns. Children who enjoy flap books will take an interest in turning the partial pages and transforming the characters' feet, and the artwork offers many little details for them to find.--Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH

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