Uprooted Booted

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Shoe designs by love2read365 inspired by the book Uprooted, written by Naomi Novik.


UprootedCoverI was re-reading the Harry Potter series this summer, and was really concerned that whatever I read afterwards would be a huge letdown. However, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. The book was receiving quite a lot of hype, so I was cautious about it at first. But the book was a wonderful read. It was so magical and lovely. I didn’t always know where the story was going either, so that was refreshing. Sometimes I felt like there were gaps in plot or explanations, so sometimes I had to read things over to understand what was going on, but that didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. There were interesting characters (although not always totally fleshed out). I appreciated the great portrayal of female friendship. Despite two of the main characters’ moments of jealousy of each other, they truly care about one another and remain loyal. I wanted to race to the end of the book to see what would happen, but then I was sad that it ended. I think readers who enjoyed Kristin Cashore’s Graceling would also enjoy this novel.


Want to see more shoe designs?

A while back, I commented on a line of footwear that was (supposedly) inspired by classic American literature. Since the final product was so watered down, I created a few of my own shoe designs for classic novels.

I love drawing shoes. Check out a design I came up with for Andy Weir’s novel, The Martian here. Here you’ll find a design for Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. I even created a shoe based on the children’s book classic, Chicka Chicka ABC here


 

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Chicka Chicka Shoe Shoe

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Inspired by the board book Chicka Chicka ABC, written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert.


A while back, I commented on a line of footwear that was (supposedly) inspired by classic American literature. Since the final product was so watered down, I created a few of my own shoe designs for classic novels.

I love drawing shoes. Check out a design I came up with for Andy Weir’s novel, The Martian here. Here you’ll find a design for Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.


 

Baby’s Book of the Week: Moo, Baa, La La La!

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Sandra Boynton’s board books are a must have for babies and toddlers (seriously, if you’re ever not sure what to get for a baby shower gift, pick up a few Boynton books and you can’t go wrong). Boynton’s books feature cute illustrated animals and silly, sing-song stories. We own several of her board books and are always on the hunt for more when we are at the library. Besides Moo, Baa, La La La, we also love Barnyard Dance, The Going to Bed Book, Opuestos (Spanish translation of Opposites), Snuggle Puppy, and Fifteen Animals.

imageMoo, Baa, La La La! is appropriately titled, as it begins, “A cow says MOO. A sheep says BAA. Three singing pigs say La La La!” The author amends that pigs say oink, and then continues by explaining more animal noises. The final page asks, “It’s quiet now. What do you say?”

Baby is so smart and already knows a few of the animal noises, so I love pausing as I read the book to see if she can fill in the right sound. I’m sure this will be one of the first books she’ll be able to read on her own. I know I’ve already got it memorized (along with most of Boynton’s other books – they’re so catchy!). If you’ve got a little one and you haven’t read any Boynton books yet, get yourself to the library immediately!

This Week’s Honorable Mention:

  • Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlertimage

Here’s another book that I’ve got memorized! Baby loves to hear this one over and over again. In case you’re unfamiliar with this story, the letters of the alphabet climb up a coconut tree…and then BOOM! BOOM! – they all tumble out of the tree. In the board book version, this is where the story ends. If you get the picture book version (titled Chicka Chicka Boom Boom), the alphabet letters encounter more mayhem around the coconut tree. The pictures in the book are bright and colorful: orange, pink, green; the book is happy and joyful. I think your little one will love this one just as much as mine does.