Speak softly and carry a big pencil. 

Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes

Secret Agent Man (S.A.M.) needs new shoes. His mom — er, sidekick, "K" (short for Kay) — takes him shopping. But the operation will be dangerous: to start with, Shoe Store Man looks shifty. "Frisk him," says S.A.M. With the help of a Team of Expert Spies and keen observation skills, will Sam find that his brand-new tiger-striped shoes convey a new superpower . . . and that he can now tie his own shoelaces? Imaginative play is the mission in this witty picture book with retro illustrations that cleverly merge S.A.M.’s escapades with the ordinary world. Roar!

Published by Candlewick Press
Written by Tim-Wynne Jones
Illustrations by Brian Won
ISBN-13: 9780763671198

Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes


"The realistic and the imaginary realms merge at climactic points, with the illustrations appearing either split screen–style or with a frightened Sam shown as a child against the dark S.A.M. background. Children will enjoy sharing Sam’s clever, creative adventure. A terrific read-aloud with bold, dynamic art."
—School Library Journal


“This spirited story captures the enthusiasm of make-believe games, not to mention the appeal of brand-new sneakers.” –Booklist

"Energetic compositions and appealing artwork bolster this spy-friendly text." —Kirkus Review