Cold Feet by Cynthia DeFelice

Cold Feet

Cold Feet
by Cynthia DeFelice
bk – 0-7894-2636-6

This one was preeeety creepy, which is why I wouldn’t suggest it to the slightly younger ones. I definitely suggest that parents read this first before sharing with their 6 or 7 year old, although I think some may be able to handle it.

This is the story of Willie McPhee, a bagpiper without anyone to play the bagpipe for and definitely no one who will pay him for it. Willie goes in search of work and as the year wears on, his clothes wear out. By winter his shoes have worn away to nothing, and as luck will have it, he stumbles upon a dead man with the same size foot as his own. Unfortunately for Willie, the shoe does not want to come off, and he needs to go to some extraordinary measures in order to get the shoe off.

The book is interesting, although (I am sad to say) that some of the themes of the book may not be for the squeamish… think hungry cows and feet without their body. The illustrations are not my favorite, because they feel very blurry and the faces feel a little flat and unimpressive. I do like the colors. They aren’t too bright or too neutral, but rather a darker gloomier color.

Overall a good story, but as I recommend it for 3rd grade and up, it may be a hard sell.

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~ by kitkat on May 9, 2007.

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