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Here's what you do when you can't find your shoe : ingenious inventions for pesky problems
Perry, Andrea.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2003]

Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Short poems describe crazy inventions, like footsie floss, an upside-down lens for bats, and a super spider spotter for Miss Muffet.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 0.5 68341.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.7 2 Quiz: 36161 Guided reading level: O.
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PS3566.E69485 H75 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Do spiders make you squirm? Stop turning down picnic invitations today and get a Super Spider Spotter. You'll never be surprised by one again!
Are you a messy eater? Buy a Crumbunny and watch it nibble up your problems!
Is it time to floss between your toes? Pick up some of Filbert's Footsie Floss and they'll be clean in no time!
Have you ever tried to walk a llama? It's tricky, but you too can do it with the Heavenly Heights Hitch and Harness!
Here, in this collection of uninvented inventions, are the answers to some of life's peculiar problems. Kids will wish they truly existed, especially the next time the dog comes home after having been sprayed by a skunk!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. With an unapologetic nod to Dr. Seuss, this debut collection of clever poems introduces imaginary inventions to make life easier, mostly for kids. Veggies Be Gone! spray repulses vegetables from a grocery cart, a concept dear to the heart of many a child; the Crumbunny "cleans the crumbs beneath the sheet, / and when he's full, sleeps at your feet." Finger-snapping rhythms and well-executed rhymes keep the verses bouncing along, with plenty of variety in meter from poem to poem. Scratchy pen-and-ink illustrations surround the text with elaborate machines often operated by scruffy, smiling child customers. The high-energy poems, with titles like "Filbert's Footsie Floss" and "Stink Stoppers," will appeal to Prelutsky and Silverstein fans on the lookout for humorous verse. --Kathleen Odean

Publisher's Weekly Review

Snow's (How Dogs Really Work!) Rube Goldberg-style drawings combined with spirited verse from newcomer Perry give this collection a rocket-powered burst of offbeat humor. A dozen essential inventions snort and clank almost audibly in the background as Perry describes them in sturdy verse. Each poem appears on a double-page spread, with the invention and its happy users festooning the margins. "The Sure-Footed Shoe Finder" locates lost shoes ("You won't miss the school bus! Now aren't you relieved?"); one can simply spray "Veggies Be Gone!," a "produce repellant," on a shopping basket, and "Its vapors prevent any artichoke heart/ or endive from lodging itself in your cart." A team of "Stink Stoppers" descends upon zoos to deodorize the animals ("Each creature's odor is pretty distinct,/ but we fight those fumes until all are ex-stinked") and "The Crumbunny," a brush-nosed, long-tongued pink creature with rabbit ears and a cottontail, snarfs up crumbs in untidy beds ("Have your cake and eat it, too!"). Perry's doggerel switches meters for variety, but stays steady within each, and the rhymes bounce along. Children will embrace these sweetly subversive verses, and so, despite themselves, will their parents. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 5-This collection of humorous poems is packed with silly contraptions designed to solve all sorts of problems. There is "The Sure-Footed Shoe Finder," a device with a "powerful Foot-Odor-Sensitive Vent" that "tracks down your sneaker by matching its scent." When you spray a produce repellent called "Veggies Be Gone" on your family's shopping cart, it "-fends off beans, beets, and peas./It even deflects cauliflower with ease." There is also a "Tooth-Fairy Forklift" for hoisting a heavy "tooth donor," and a leaf machine that assists with raking. Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein's work, the topics are child friendly and humorous. Pen-and-ink cartoons frame each selection. Packed with amusing details, the artwork is busy and clever, and highlights just how zany some of these devices are. Children will delight in the funny verses and appreciate the creative solutions to common dilemmas.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.