Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes

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Book Information
Rating: Dependable
Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Tim Wynne-Jones
Illustrator: Brian Won
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9780763671198
Pages: 31

S.A.M. needs new shoes. S.A.M. and K. both get the ones with tiger stripes. Then they get lunch. On the way home, someone almost steals the Plans for World Domination. After S.A.M.'s nap, he gives the plans to Agents Coyote, Ted, and Pig to crack the code. Then he goes looking for K. He finds her just in time to save the laundry from the approaching storm.

The style and color scheme in the book changes between when S.A.M. is imagining he is a spy and when he is doing normal little boy things. It is very well done and adds a lot to the book. Aside from that, the storyline is confusing and undefined. A bit offhandedly, the narration mentions that the man who sells their shoes ties S.A.M.'s laces and that K. unties his laces as he's laying down for a nap. However, the final page of the book suddenly shows S.A.M. triumphantly roaring that he tied his own shoes, implying that this was the true conclusion to the story. S.A.M.'s imagination is fun to follow along with, but the book as a whole could have been better planned.