• Elliot Stone and the Mystery of the Summer Vacation Sea Monster

    Elliot Stone and the Mystery of the Summer Vacation Sea Monster

    Elliot Stone and the Mystery of the Summer Vacation Sea Monster will have you on the edge of your seat as Elliot spends his summer vacation at Lake Bomoseen, Vermont.

    See book details!
  • Miles of

    Meet Roxey the Railroad Dog, a real dog who lived one hundred years ago. You’re sure to find yourself smiling.

    See book details!
  • The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Discovers A New Planet

    Mrs. Belle’s fans will once again cheer and chant as Mrs. Belle, Mr. Rivera, and their pets prepare for a flight into space!

    See book details!
  • The Good Fun! Book

    The Good Fun! Book

    What could be better than having fun while doing a world of good?

    See book details!
  • The Teacher Who Would Not Retire! Discovers A New Planet



Feet In The Gym: A Blue Marlin Publication Review

Written by Teri Daniels
Illustrated by Travis Foster

List Price: $15.95
ISBN 1-890817-12-0
Ages 3-8

I have often heard children’s book publishers, editors, and even authors say that a rhyming picture book is passé—that only the experts can make rhyme work in a picture book. Most times (according to these “industry professionals”), a rhyming picture book will be written by an amateur and will not find much success on bookstore shelves. Obviously, I disagree with this belief, and here is yet another great rhyming picture book to prove those know-it-alls wrong.

Not only is the rhyming “tune” catchy enough to be memorized easily, the subject matter is so unique that Ms. Daniels has written a true one-of-a-kind. This book is about a grammar school janitor who just can’t seem to keep up with the “western boot or wooden clog, the sneaker from the morning jog, slipper, sandal, soccer cleat—all the shoes on all the feet” that traipse in and out of the gym every day. But somehow, the reader knows that Bob the janitor just loves those kids and takes great pride in his job. The ending has a wonderful twist that will make even the sleepy parent chuckle.

Ms. Daniels lives in Merrick, Long Island (about 15 minutes from my house!), and this is her first picture book. Mr. Foster lives in Nashville TN with his wife and their three children. Though I can’t be sure, this might be his first attempt at a picture book as well. Don’t let the rookie aspect fool you. It’s a great book.

For additional games, links, and other interactive activities, visit the publisher’s website at www.winslowpress.com.