Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes

Children - Grade K-3rd
48 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2017
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Author Biography

I am a published children’s book author and freelance writer with a Master’s degree in Education and Library Science.

In addition to Amazing Adventures in Shelby’s Shoes, I have three previously published books. They include Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts by Crimson Cloak Publishing, What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers by Headline Books, and The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale, published by Write Solution Ink.

I have taught children and served as a school librarian for thirty years. Additional credentials, if desired, can be accessed through my Linked In profile or at my book website, Melissa Harker Ridenour Books at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen for Readers' Favorite

Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes by Melissa Harker Ridenour is a creative children's book about a young girl named Shelby. One day, Shelby had a cold, and wasn't allowed to go outside to play. Instead, she goes through her mother's closet and plays dress up with her mother's clothes. She finds lots of different shoes, like ballet shoes, cowgirl boots, and hiking boots. Shelby tries on each shoe, and has different adventures. She becomes an astronaut, a cowgirl, a golfer, and a famous movie star. What kind of adventures will Shelby have next in her shoes?

I really enjoyed reading Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes by Melissa Harker Ridenour. The book is very well written and the rhyming is very well done. The book is well developed and thought out. The story is inspirational, and it teaches children that you can be anything if you are determined enough. This book will bring a smile to children's faces as they read it. The book was really creative, and it was cool to see what Shelby would imagine next. The characters are very likeable, because Shelby is very imaginative. The pictures by Veronica Castle are colourful and depict each scene, and each adventure, very well. The pictures of Shelby's dog are adorable. Parents will enjoy reading this book to their child, and children will want to read this book over and over again. I would definitely recommend this book to all young readers.

Melissa Harker Ridenou

I appreciate the five starred-review and the reviewer, Kristen Van Kampen for reviewing my book in a positive light.

I would like to add that there is a very important element to my book that readers of the review should know. My book, Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes, also has an informative glossary and a non-fiction chapter at the end which is all about empowerment for children, especially for girls. The chapter is entitled, "Girl Power". It explains in a fun, informative, yet kid-friendly way, how little girls can learn to realize their full potential, to foster their self-esteem, and to reach their goals and dreams.