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TWO LEFT FEET by Adam Stower


by Adam Stower & illustrated by Adam Stower

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-58234-884-7
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Cheery creatures in a riotous array of forms and colors cavort across the pages of Stower’s genial solo debut. All of the monsters dwelling below Glittering Palace love to cut the rug—even blue-skinned Rufus, though because both of his feet are, literally, left ones, he generally winds up taking a tumble. When the monsters pair off for a ballroom-dancing competition, however, Rufus finds a soulmate in Maddie, a purple-haired boggart in a long dress that conceals, as it turns out, a pair of right feet. Were these two creatures made for each other, or what? Consider this a natural companion for Keith Graves’s Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (1999), though, unlike the partially decomposed shuffler in that episode, Rufus, Maddie, and the finned, tentacled, multi-eyed supporting cast here radiate bonhomie, and won’t soon be slipping into anyone’s nightmares. Big pictures, short text: a terpsichorean triumph that will send even younger readers into a twirl. (Picture book. 5-7)