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Sock Monkey Rides Again Hardcover – December 12, 2006


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PreSchool-Grade 2—In his third adventure, Sock Monkey, the famous toy actor, gets his big break. He's been cast to play a singing cowboy in Hubbub at the Happy Canyon Hoedown. His friends help him prepare for the part by teaching him how to yodel, ride a horse, and lasso a cow. Decked out in his sensational cowboy suit, he is almost ready when filming starts the next day. Sock Monkey aces all his scenes, but when it's time for him to kiss his leading lady, the girl-shy hero just can't do it. Poor Lulu's tears make him realize that there is only one way to apologize, and he kisses her on the cheek. "Cut! That's a wrap!" calls the director. Sock Monkey and Lulu ride off into the sunset, knowing their movie will make them stars. This lighthearted confection doesn't break any new ground, but its colorful, childlike drawings and breezy plot make it a quick, enjoyable read. Sock Monkey makes a new friend, and everybody gets along. If only real life were that simple!—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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"It's absolutely fabulous. It's got humour, a great storyline and clear and colourful illustrations; and I reckon it would be a hit with adults, never mind young school children." Liverpool Echo on Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (December 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763630896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763630898
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Johnson on December 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Cece Bell's wording and illustrations are so engaging, you will enjoy reading this book over and over. Even the background characters are funny. I thumb through them when I need a giggle. I bought one for a friend's child and one for me! It is the 3rd in the series so far. If you haven't already, just go ahead and purchase all three.

To see some of Cece Bell's art around her house, go to her web site. Sign up for the fan club while you are at it. I did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rowan on December 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The loveable Sock Monkey character is back, and he must face a fear. He has just landed a super movie role and can't wait. This means he'll get to wear cowboy clothes, ride a horse, lasso a cow, and...KISS A GIRL?! The starring role is too good to pass up, but he can't imagine kissing a girl. Whatever will he do? His friends help where possible, but they can only do so much.

Cece Bell's lively story and illustrations are sweetly funny. The story has a good morale at the end when Sock Monkey must overcome his fear of kissing in order to spare another character's feelings. Readers will learn that when we have to do things we don't want to, things can turn out just fine.

Older preschoolers and younger elementary students will enjoy the sweet silliness of this book.

Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer

12/11/2006

4.5 Balloons on WUAT Kids = 5 Stars on Amazon
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ElphabaThropp on July 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We now have all three books.
Cece Bell is going down hill. The first book was WONDERFUL!
We kinda liked the second.. but this book is hard for a young
child to follow.. and the theme of KISSING is not really age
appropriate for what you'd expect of a sock monkey. It's not
worth buying folks. Get it from the library, free. Buy the
first book, maybe the second, but don't waste your money on
this. What was she thinking when she wrote this?? I think she was just
banking on the success of the first one. (no pun intended)
Pictures aren't even as well done. oh well.. spend and learn.
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Format: Paperback
My children loved this Sock Monkey book just as much as the first two. This was a title we would especially grab when we were short on reading time. My son would go and grab the sock monkey that my mother made me as a child and snuggle into bed for this story. It is a picture that will forever be etched into my mind.

Yes, there is kissing! (a peck on the cheek to be specific) My daughter always sighs happily at any such happy ending but even my little boy seemed to be content with something he regularly regards as yucky. I liken it to how he feels when he sees his parents kiss. He is grossed out while simultaneously feeling as safe and secure as he could be. My son completely related with Sock Monkey's fear of kissing but he also wouldn't have the story end with cowgirl Lulu crying. A sock monkey cowboy has to do what a sock monkey cowboy has to do. And the world is a better place for it.

The artwork is vibrant and fun. When you have had your fill of farting dogs and belching garbage trucks, give this story a spin. The book is also a great lead in to some beginning sewing. Sock stuffed animals were an early sewing project hit with my kids.
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By A. Smith on November 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We have checked out the first two Sock Monkey books from the library, and my son LOVES them. This book is a major disappointment - nowhere near as good as the first two. Unfortunately we had to pay for this one to find this out as the library didn't have it. Wish we owned one of the other two (which I highly recommend), not this one! I also agree with the reviewer about the kissing theme... completely turned off my 5 year old boy and just seems completely out of line for a cowboy themed book.
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Format: Hardcover
CeCe Bell rides again in this delightful tome! Sock Monkey is a fabric-based hero for our times! I, unlike some reviewers, have no problem with Sock Monkey kissing....he's no less a sock monkey for doing what a sock monkey has to do! I wish someone out in Hollyweird would pick up an option on Sock Monkey and put this character on Nickelodeon...of course they'd probably ruin it. For now I'll just be content with these wonderful books!
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