COLD FEET by Cynthia DeFelice
Kirkus Star

COLD FEET

Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another hilariously macabre folktale from the creators of Dancing Skeleton (1989). Stumbling over a thoroughly frozen corpse in the woods, down-at-heels bagpiper Willie McPhee tries to pull off its boots, only to have both feet break off inside. When a surly farmer grudgingly allows him to sleep in the barn sometime later, Willie tucks the boots under a cow to thaw, leaves the feet and his old ragged shoes near the cow’s mouth for the farmer to find, and hides. Parker’s poker-faced, loosely drawn and brushed watercolors capture Willie’s misery as he trudges through wintry landscapes, huddles down in the sparsely furnished barn to find what comfort he can, then gravely sets up his gruesome trick. Wait, there’s more. Thinking that the cow has eaten the piper, the farmer buries the feet, and then flees in panic when he sees Willie standing on the spot piping a tune. Willie happily moves into the farmhouse, only to open the door that night to a grim looking stranger lacking boots . . . and feet. There the tale ends, but be warned: shivering delightedly, entranced readers or listeners will positively demand to know what happens next, so have some version of “Tailypo” ready as a follow-up. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-7894-2636-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: DK Publishing
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2000




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