From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–What is the use of one green sock? That is the central question asked (and very satisfactorily answered) here. When an intrepid young bird finds and sports her verdant treasure, she is teased by the nefarious feline brothers, Tom and Tim. Their limited imaginations can only conceive of socks in pairs. Lizette's rodent pal, Bert, envisions another use for the footwear, proudly modeling the cap concept. More teasing, a caring mother, and a fishy friend add interest to this celebration of the ordinary–and of friendship. Valckx's droll caricatures, executed in watercolor, are brimming with personality. Adept at understatement, the illustrator uses spare backgrounds and strong outlines to convey a mood in a minimum of strokes: dejected shoulders, a wilted flower, a coquettish kerchief on Mama speak volumes. Pair this with Kristine O'Connell George's One Mitten
(Clarion, 2004) or other favorite tales of creativity.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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*Starred Review* PreS-K. Utterly simple and springtime fresh, this French import tells of a charming little bird whose fashion sense, like that of many young children, is decidedly unconventional. One sunny day, Lizette finds a single green sock. Marveling at her good luck ("You don't find a beautiful sock like this every day!"), she proudly struts forth modeling the droopy, ill-fitting footwear. Two bullying cats inform her that socks are useful only in pairs, and after an unsuccessful search for its mate, she returns home despondent. Supportive pal Bert demonstrates that her find makes a very good cap, and Mother helps by knitting a matching sock--which Lizette, following her friend's resourceful lead, promptly places on her head. Valckx conveys an impressive range of mood and action through spare, swooping brushstrokes, and pale tones of lemon, mint, and sky blue allow the kelly green of the sock to draw the eye instantly. A hilarious postscript to the story's main action will give children a laugh for the road. Fastidious parents may shudder over the premise of donning discards found in the street, but concern over sockborne illnesses will evaporate in the presence of this indomitable character and her spot-on experience of a familiar childhood drama. Jennifer MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved