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ISBN13: 9780380709267
ISBN10: 0380709260
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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?

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William Allen White Children's Book Award (Kansas)

Synopsis:

Socks is one happy cat....

He lives with a nice young couple called Brickers who play with him, pet him, feed him treats, and always have a warm lap for him to sit in. Then a new baby joins the family Suddenly, the Brickers are sharing their laps and love with Charles William, and Socks is getting into trouble. He runs from a phantom dog, wrestles with Nana's best wig, and fights Old Taylor the tomcat for his territory. But as Charles William grows, Socks discovers that he has a new friend and a new way to be a part of the family.

A purr-fectly hilarious portrait of life with a baby from a cat's point of view.

About the Author

Beverly Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and, until she was old enough to attend school, lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged with the State Library to have books sent to Yamhill and acted as librarian in a lodge room upstairs over a bank. There young Beverly learned to love books. However, when the family moved to Portland, Beverly soon found herself in the grammar school’s low reading circle, an experience that has given her sympathy for the problems of struggling readers.

By the third grade she had conquered reading and spent much of her childhood either with books or on her way to and from the public library. Before long her school librarian was suggesting that she should write for boys and girls when she grew up. The idea appealed to her, and she decided that someday she would write the books she longed to read but was unable to find on the library shelves, funny stories about her neighborhood and the sort of children she knew. And so Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, and her other beloved characters were born.

When children ask Mrs. Cleary where she finds her ideas, she replies, "From my own experience and from the world around me." She included a passage about the D.E.A.R. program in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (second chapter) because she was inspired by letters she received from children who participated in "Drop Everything and Read" activities. Their interest and enthusiasm encouraged her to provide the same experience to Ramona, who enjoys D.E.A.R. time with the rest of her class.

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the 2003 National Medal of Art from the National Endowment of the Arts and the 1984 John Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw. Her Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 were named 1978 and 1982 Newbery Honor Books, respectively.

Among Mrs. Cleary's other awards are the American Library Association's 1975 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the Catholic Library Association's 1980 Regina Medal, and the University of Southern Mississippi's 1982 Silver Medallion, all presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. In addition, Mrs. Cleary was the 1984 United States author nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, a prestigious international award.

Equally important are the more than 35 statewide awards Mrs. Cleary's books have received based on the direct votes of her young readers. In 2000, to honor her invaluable contributions to children’s literature, Beverly Cleary was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. This witty and warm author is truly an international favorite. Mrs. Cleary's books appear in over twenty countries in fourteen languages and 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. And her popularity has not diminished. HarperCollins Children’s Books recently announced that the film option for Cleary’s classic book character, Ramona Quimby, had been sold to Fox 2000 and Denise DiNovi Productions. In addition, Portland, Oregon has proudly created The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children featuring bronze statues of Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ribsy, in the park where Beverly used to play.

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Home School Book Review, January 6, 2015 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
Socks is a seven week old gray tabby kitten with four white paws. Debbie and George sell him for 50 cents to a young married couple, Bill and Marilyn Bricker, who take him to their shabby house with a weedy lawn. As time goes on, Socks is one happy cat because he gets a lot of attention and all his desires are met��"at least until Mr. and Mrs. Bricker bring home their “other pet,” a new baby named Charles William. Suddenly the Brickers have less and less time for Socks who feels left out and seems to start getting into all sorts of trouble. Then Nana visits and is afraid that Socks might scratch and bite the baby. What will happen to Socks? Does he go or stay? And what will Charles William do?

I have read several children’s books about horses and dogs, but I have not seen as many about cats. Beverly Cleary is a prolific author of literature for young people who, at almost 99, is still alive as of this writing. I did not like her Newbery Medal winning Dear Mr. Henshaw because it was just too depressing. Her books about Ramona Quimby are all right for girls, and her books about Henry Huggins are not bad for boys. I liked Ellen Tebbits, and I especially enjoyed the books about Ralph Mouse and his little motorcycle. I also liked Socks, which won the William Allen White Children's Book Award. The original, charming illustrations were done by Beatrice Darwin, but many publishers feel compelled to “update” the artwork in some older books to make them more appealing to today’s kids, and newer editions are illustrated by Tracy Dockray.

One reader reviewer complained a little about Socks’s “bad behavior” and seemed to suggest that children should read “tales with good pet characters.” I have lived with cats all of my life, and I must say that Cleary depicts with absolute faithfulness the kinds of attitudes and antics which characterizes cats. This same reviewer also noted that “it's dated, as is obvious in the repeated use of ‘Mr. Bricker’ and ‘Mrs. Bricker’ to refer to the man and woman of the house.” I say, good for it! It’s always refreshing to read books portraying traditional practices which have been a part of polite society for years. Besides being just an enjoyable story, concerning which the School Library Journal said, “Hilarious...Both children and adults will roar with laughter at Socks’s antics and cringe at his misdeeds,” it might be useful for children who have experienced the emotional upheaval of having to share their parents with a new baby.
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weebugbaby36, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by weebugbaby36)
Beverly Cleary's "Socks" is a great book. I read this as a child myself and plan to share this book with my daugher. I love the easy to read flow and the adventures of this cat through the book is fun and keeps you reading. I would recommend this book as a good chapter book for readers that are moving into the chapter books.
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cloudkit, July 5, 2008 (view all comments by cloudkit)
That darn cat!hes so funny,how can a furry funny cat whith paws be the baby of the family?I love this book sssssoooo much!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380709267
ill.:
Darwin, Beatrice,
Author:
Darwin, Beatrice
Author:
by Beverly Cleary and Alan Tiegreen
Author:
Dockray, Tracy
Author:
Cleary, Beverly
Author:
Dockray, T
Author:
Tiegreen, Alan
Author:
racy
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Clothing and dress
Subject:
Cats
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Clothing trade
Subject:
Animals - Cats
Subject:
Cats -- Fiction.
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Childrens classics
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Avon Camelot Books
Series Volume:
105-1065
Publication Date:
20150414
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.60x5.26x.36 in. .25 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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Socks is one happy cat....

He lives with a nice young couple called Brickers who play with him, pet him, feed him treats, and always have a warm lap for him to sit in. Then a new baby joins the family Suddenly, the Brickers are sharing their laps and love with Charles William, and Socks is getting into trouble. He runs from a phantom dog, wrestles with Nana's best wig, and fights Old Taylor the tomcat for his territory. But as Charles William grows, Socks discovers that he has a new friend and a new way to be a part of the family.

A purr-fectly hilarious portrait of life with a baby from a cat's point of view.

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