King of the Shoebox Parade

Written by Brenda Baker Robért
Illustrated by Kay Meadows
Release date:  October 23, 2023

The Grimm Brother’s The Shoemaker and the Elves meets a Mardi Gras tradition beloved by children (and even some adults) for generations in this tale of reciprocal generosity.

Mitchell, a feisty house mouse, discovers his shoebox home in Gram’s closet has been snatched away to make a shoebox float for a contest on Lundi Gras, the day before Mardi Gras. He must decide—does he remain resentful, or does he lend a hand and help decorate the miniature float? One kind deed leads to another as Gram and her granddaughter, Annie, decide to make a costume and throne for Mitchell and let him reign as their carnival king. Things take a humorous turn when Mitchell—oh no!— develops an itch at the contest.

The book includes instructions for making your own shoebox floats.

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