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Socks [Paperback]

By Beverly Cleary (Author) & Tracy Dockray (Illustrator)
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Socks, the Bricker's cat, finds a new rival in the form of the Bricker's new baby, Charles William, until he and the baby become partners in mischief

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Watch out, socks

Socks is one happy cat. He lives the good life with his affectionate owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bricker. Ever since the day they saved him from a life spent in a mailbox drop slot, Socks has been the center of their world. And he always has everything he needs--tasty kitty treats and all the lap room he could want

But when a new baby arrives, suddenly the Brickers have less and less time for Socks. Little Charles William is the one getting all the attention. Socks feels left out--and to show it, he starts getting into all sorts of trouble What will it take to make Socks realize just how much the Brickers care about him?

Citations And Professional Reviews
Socks by Beverly Cleary & Tracy Dockray has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 969
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 522

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.6" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 8, 2008
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  8-12
ISBN  0380709260  
ISBN13  9780380709267  
UPC  071001004991  

Availability  0 units.

More About Beverly Cleary & Tracy Dockray

Beverly Cleary Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.

Beverly Cleary currently resides in Carmel, in the state of California. Beverly Cleary was born in 1916.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Cats > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( C ) > Cleary, Beverly
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Classics by Age > General
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Classics by Age
6Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Humorous
7Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12

Reviews - What do customers think about Socks?

A charming cat's-eye point of view  Jun 8, 2008
The ever-prolific Beverly Cleary crafts another gem with this cat's-eye view story about life in Portland, circa 1972. Socks is an orange tabby cat who is adopted by a young couple moving into their first house, a house that Socks is determined to be the master of. Of course, a cat's self-image and the realities of the world around them don't always coincide, and Socks is subjected to many hardships and indignities -- being given away at a shopping mall, having to put up with visiting relatives who aren't "cat people," being put on a diet and -- most tragically -- being locked outdoors. At the heart of the book is Socks having to make peace with an intruder in his domestic heaven: the young couple have a baby, and their much-beloved kitty cat has to adjust to no longer being the center of attention. In typically bittersweet fashion, Cleary gives an unsentimental look inside the life of a housecat, and provides younger readers with a funny story about sibling rivalry. Cat lovers will moan when poor Socks gets put outdoors, but purr aloud when things work out okay in the end. (ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
Socks is adorable!  Mar 28, 2008
My (animal lover) 6 yr old daughter and I listened to Socks on tape in the car. We absolutely LOVED it! Beverly Cleary does an excellent job at portraying the story through the eyes and actions of a loveable cat. It's our favorite story by Cleary.
Socks   Jul 31, 2007
This book has been loved by three generations in our family. We now have a cat named Socks in the family, and we are introducing it to him. :-)
I'm going to be nicer to my cat  Jun 27, 2007
What a sweet story. Well written and from the perspective of the cat. Great for kids and not at all boring for an adult to read to a kid. This story made me want to be nicer to my own furball
I love Socks!  May 23, 2007
The book Socks by Beverly Cleary is about a cat that is found in a box with
kittens for sale. Socks was very different from the other cats. People stopped to
look and buy the kittens, but no one bought Socks. Eventually a couple did and
loved him from the moment they saw him. The Brickers took Socks to their new
home which had a cozy fire, warm laps, and good food. One day Mr. and Mrs.
Bricker left in a hurry and returned several days later. The first thing Socks
noticed was the bundle in their hands. It was a baby! Unfortunately the baby
took away all the attention from Socks. One night the Brickers were going out so
they hired a babysitter. The babysitter played with Socks more than she did with
the baby. The next day Nana came over and she was not very kind. All the baby
wants to do is play with Socks, but Socks doesn't want to play with him. Will Socks and the baby ever play or be friendly to each other?
Socks is a very enjoyable story. I think this book will make every one feel or remind you about something in your life. I would highly recommend Socks from anyone of eight years old.

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