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Sock Monkey Boogie-Woogie: A Friend is Made Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (September 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076362392X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763623920
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2 - Sock Monkey, "the famous toy actor," has a problem: he needs a dance partner for the Big Celebrity Dance, and all of his friends are going out of town. He advertises for a good dancer, but none of the toys that audition seem to be the right fit. Then he's inspired by gifts that his traveling friends send to him. Out of a hat and sweater, a big pair of socks, and some cotton, he makes his own sidekick - another sock monkey named Sock Buddy - and teaches him to groove. Together, they have a great time at the event. This bouncy tales skips along on the strength of Bell's colorful, cartoon digital illustrations. Readers will giggle at Sock Monkey's array of failed partners - from a troll doll who's "Too funky" to a pair of chattering teeth with bad breath - and the illustrations of Sock Monkey and Sock Buddy breakdancing, doing the hula, and disco dancing take the story right over the top. All in all, this offering is as light as cotton candy. - Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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PreS-Gr. 2. These days, children are more likely to find sock monkeys in picture books than in their toy boxes. Bell's character, first introduced in Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood (2003), is an ironic fusion of modern and old-fashioned, a digital assemblage of smooth curves, bold shapes, and swatches of scanned-in knit fabric. Here, Sock Monkey discovers that his friends will be out of town for the upcoming Celebrity Dance. After auditioning dance partners to no avail (robot is "too clunky," plastic troll "too funky"), he sews the companion of his dreams from a pair of argyle socks. The notion of two male sock monkeys twistin' the night away may seem cheekily progressive to some adults, and, much like sisters Kara and Jenna Lareau's Rocko and Spanky Go to a Party (2004), the book's most passionate fans are likely to be adults for whom sock monkeys evoke strong nostalgic emotions. Still, the silly, cheerful artwork and story will attract kids' attention, and the enthusiasm beaming from their elders will seal the deal. Jennifer Mattson
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By eskimospy on March 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We had previously purchased Sock Monkey goes to Hollywood, and then found that Ms. Bell had one other book. We hope she keeps writing more. We've recommended the series to everyone, and we recommend it you as well.

The book is intelligently written, appealing to children as well as adult readers, and beautifully illustrated in a slightly nostalgic feel. The disco outfits that Sock Monkey and his partner wear just add to this effect.

This book covers many topics that cause kids to commonly feel overwhelmed - nervousness of being introduced to new people, creatively solving one's problems, and overcoming performing in front of others to name a few. The humor in this book appeals to both my daughter and me, which sometimes is hard to find in kids books.

Just buy this book - it will bring a smile to your face!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Exquisite Intelligence on December 27, 2004
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This book has a truly unique and happy feel to it. It is the tale of sock monkey, a famous actor, who finds a dancing partner. I got this gift for my little cousin and he loved it! Apparantly there are other books about our famous little actor and I will definitely purchase them in the future. I recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Littell on January 15, 2008
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My daughter received this book for Christmas (she's 6) and we both love it. I've since given it as a birthday gift 3 times. It would be perfect given with a sock monkey.
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Cece Bell put into literary format one of life's greatest pairings... sock monkeys and disco.

The eclectic artwork perfectly complements the simple but adorable storytelling in this epic tale of a sock monkey on a journey rivaling only that of Apolo Ohno's transcendence from mere Olympic short track speed skating medalist to Dancing With the Stars mirrorball champion.

Children and adults will delight in this suspenseful tale of a monkey determined to overcome all obstacles in the pursuit of prancing perfection.
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