cover image Righty and Lefty: A Tale of Two Feet

Righty and Lefty: A Tale of Two Feet

Rachel Vail, , illus. by Matthew Cordell. . Scholastic, $16.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-439-63629-2

In this funny, ingenious take on the meaning of friendship, Vail (Sometimes I’m Bombaloo ) and Cordell (Toby and the Snowflakes ) muse upon the way that two very different feet manage to get along—a good thing, since they belong to the same person (seen only from the waist down). Lefty likes lingering under the blankets and wearing only galoshes, while Righty, an early bird, revels in all the possible shoe choices and secretly wonders what it be like to take a beach vacation without Lefty. Vail’s deadpan prose evinces a sly comic mind and a wonderfully ticklish system of logic: “Outside, Righty and Lefty race. Sometimes, Righty wins. Sometimes, Lefty wins. It is always close.” Cordell’s watercolor and ink cartoons prove he’s up to the challenge of focusing on two characters who can express their emotions only through their toes—and the occasional thought balloon. For making kids laugh, this one’s a shoe-in. Ages 3-5. (Nov.)