A little girl loves her flip-flops to death—literally—setting up a new-shoe dilemma.
Lily Luján so loves her battered old flip-flops her family calls her Little Chanclas (or “Chanclitas,” in Crosthwaite’s parallel Spanish text). She wears them everywhere: to Chata’s Market, to Benny’s Burgerteria, and to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Tired of the constant slippity-slappety, her mother and big sister try to coax her into a different pair of shoes, but even red Mary Janes from Googie’s Boutique for Girls can’t part Lily from her beloved flip-flops. Lily loves parties even more than her flip-flops, though, and it’s dancing at a barbecue that spells doom for her battered footwear: the straps break, and one lands in the guacamole and the other right next to a hungry bulldog. Will Lily ever regain her slippity-slappety? Lozano displays a keenly sympathetic understanding of the sometimes-intense love a child bears for a favorite item of clothing. With both words and energetic, folk art–inspired illustrations, he creates a likably stubborn protagonist and situates her in a vibrant, affectionate Latino family. Skin colors modulate from pink to dark brown, reflecting a diverse community that embraces multiple Latino cultures as well as Lily’s favorite restaurant: Suki’s Sushiteria.
Any child who’s loved a favorite pair of shoes will identify with this vigorous Latina heroine. (Bilingual picture book. 4-8)