FEET MAN AND MR. TINY by Gina Freschet


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Age Range: 5 - 8
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Feet Man has a pretty uncomfortable life. Who wouldn’t, with a pair of puppies the size of barges? His “triple-extra-umpteen-large” footsies stick out from under his blanket, use up a bar of soap each and are so big no shoes will fit, so he goes barefoot. This makes him a big target for name calling and unkind jokes: “Bigfoot”; “Clodhopper”; “He’s always off on the wrong foot.” When a powerful itch between Feet Man’s toes turns out to be a very small man named Mr. Tiny, the unlikely pair become friends. Mr. Tiny convinces Feet Man to enter a shoe company contest: “If we can’t fit your size, we’ll give you a giant prize!” Of course, Feet Man wins the prize, a trip to Florida where he fulfills his dream; his broad, buoyant feet enable him to perform his dances—on water. The affably absurd tale comically plays up the disparity between the two men. Feet are funny and Feet Man’s outsized riggers will have kids grinning. Measured by the foot—this rates ten toes. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: May 3rd, 2006
ISBN: 0-374-32294-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2006


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