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One Shoe Blues [With DVD]by Sandra Boynton
Synopses & Reviews
It's a highly original new book and a Boynton filmmaking debut. One Shoe Blues is a thoroughly captivating story and a dazzling music video. And what an unexpected yet oddly perfect team: Sandra Boynton and--wait for it--B.B. King! Boynton writes, designs, and directs (her first film ever), B.B. stars (singing, playing, and turning in a wry and brilliant comic acting performance), and exuberant Boynton sock puppets chime in.
The song that first appeared--to widespread acclaim--in the celebrated Blue Moo: 17 Jukebox Hits from Way Back Never now becomes a true star turn. The DVD showcases B.B. King's legendary musical talent and sublime good-natured performance. Boynton writes the companion storybook with her unmistakable cadence and humor, and illustrates the book with lively and fanciful photographs from the video and beyond. Sock puppets lend pizzazz and gravitas throughout.
The subject is pure fun that every child (and parent) can relate to, the story of a missing shoe. Sporting a lone green sneaker, B.B. King sings the "One Shoe Blues" while his faithful guitar, Lucille, comments here and there with those famous soulful blues notes. A supporting cast of sock puppets make brief surprise appearances--and, in the case of that saxophone-playing, rhinestone-sunglasses-wearing Momsock, grills B.B. on where he might have left his shoe.
The answer, so plain to see, will tickle kids again and again.
Read it. Watch it. Sing it. It's fun from every direction.
"Adding a new dimension — video — to her children's media oeuvre, author-illustrator Boynton transforms a song from her 2007 book-and-CD title Blue Moo: 17 Jukebox Hits from Way Back Never into a stand-alone book-plus-DVD, starring blues legend B.B. King. Boynton weaves the lyrics of her original song into an extended tale about some colorful sock puppets who watch King perform the song in a cozy country house complete with clapboard walls and an old Zenith clock radio. 'We might be in Mississippi. Or maybe not,' opens the story as the song plays on the radio, and King himself, sporting one green high-top sneaker, plays along on his guitar: 'Well I woke up this morning. Couldn't find my shoe.' Still photographs from Boynton's music video and other complementary shots illustrate the story, creating an offbeat package — the overall effect is that of a Sesame Street or Muppets short transcribed to picture book format. In addition to King's humorous and engaging performance (complete with sock puppet accompaniment), the DVD contains other kid-pleasing tidbits such as a 'making of' feature and screen tests for the sock puppets. Ages 3 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Sandra Boynton has been a bestselling Workman author for 25 years. She's written the New York Timesbestseller Chocolate: The Consuming Passion,andnbsp;the national (and New York Times) bestselling musical for the whole family, Philadelphia Chickens, the phenomenally successful Boynton on Board series (led by Barnyard Dance!),andnbsp;and the one-of-a-kindandnbsp;Grunt, the sublime collection of Pigoroian chant. All told, her books for Workman have over 8.6 million copies in print, a number that will already be out-of-date when you read this. She lives with her family in western Connecticut.
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