Can the life of a common cockroach make interesting reading? Author Mary James thinks so. One morning Shoebag wakes up after a good night's sleep to discover he has been transformed into a human — a little boy. The Biddle family adopts him and he shares the household with Pretty Soft, the Biddle's young daughter who makes toilet tissue commercials. Readers follow Shoebag in his new life and learn how he affects the lives of the people around him before he goes back to his life as a roach. The author, a noted writer, has penned this fantasy story under a pseudonym. This satirical tale of the adventures of Shoebag is an entertaining read for readers, ages 9 to 12.