HECTOR'S NEW SNEAKERS by Amanda Vesey

HECTOR'S NEW SNEAKERS

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Hector is mortified: his birthday sneakers look and feel fine, but--instead of the all-important soccer insignia--this cheaper pair sports gold stars. His friends do tease; but after three huge bullies (even more fearsome in their studded jackets because these characters are all crocodiles) try to steal the sneakers, and school-hero Leroy skateboards by just in time to trounce them, it turns out that Leroy's new sneakers have stars, too--which precipitates a sudden change in brand loyalties. This British import is purposive, but the appealing, cartoony crocs will draw readers, while the brisk, good-natured dialogue keeps the story moving. Whether peer-driven shoe-freaks will swallow the message is a question; they're mostly older than the target audience, but it's well worth a try--and amusing to see that this problem is international. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-670-84882-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1993