Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Socks

Socks by Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by Tracy Dockray

This is the story of Socks. He is a little grey kitten with white feet. He gets adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Bricker and they love him so much. Socks gets so much attention and he always gets to sit on all of Mrs. Bricker's lap. Socks starts to notice that he is getting less and less of her lap though... because Mrs. Bricker is pregnant! They bring their new baby home and Socks is jealous of all the attention this "new pet" gets. Will Socks be able to handle having a new baby in the house?

I thought this book had some really funny parts since it was from a cat's perspective.
The Brickers would have to work harder before Socks would forgive them. Owners must be disciplined. If they really wanted to be forgiven, they would have to tempt him with a snack from the refrigerator (p. 27). 
That is so funny! Cats are just like that. They have that exact attitude and I love how Socks thinks about that!

I also found it so funny when cousin Mike was at the house and he was making meowing and barking noises. Socks was so afraid! I used to do this to my cats and it was so much fun to see them look around for where the other kitty was. I always wished I knew what I was actually saying to them though. If you have kitties at home, check out the video below and see what they do when they hear strange meowing!

Bobber and me in FL
Socks was first published in 1973. That was almost 40 years ago! Check out some of the different book covers Socks has had over the years. When I was in elementary school, I created my own book cover for this book and I entered it into a contest at our school library. Somehow I won and they put the book cover I made on the book and displayed it in the library! (I'm not sure how that would ever happen because I'm a terrible artist now and I don't think I would have been any better back then....) I based my book cover on my kitty at the time, Bobber (the super cute kitty to the left!!!!). He was a tuxedo kitten, so he looked like he had socks on too. I also put a little sock on top of his head. I wish I had a picture of it now!

I just found out about Socks Clinton, the first cat when Bill Clinton was President. And wasn't he just a cutie! (Socks, not Bill!). He looks similar to my first kitty. :) AND there is a book about him... Socks Goes to Washington: The Diary of America's First Cat by Michael O'Donoghue. Also, Hilary wrote a book called Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets which looks like it would be cute. I definitely had no idea there were all these books out there though!
Socks Clinton, First Cat - 1993-2001

This is getting a little ridiculous, but here is a book about Obama's dog, Bo, America's Commander in Leash by Naren Aryal. One reviewer said: "I love the picture of Bo riding with his head out the window of the helicopter." (I don't specifically support any of these books, I've never read them, but they do look cute!)


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