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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 890L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380709260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380709267
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-After a rough start, and a brief internment in a mail box, Socks the cat has landed on his feet. He belongs to the Brickers-a young couple who dote on him. Then a baby arrives in the household and Socks discovers that the people he'd trained so well no longer consider him the center of their universe. This is devastating, but eventually he finds a new place that everyone can be happy with. This is an hilarious book by Beverly Cleary (Morrow, 1973), told from the cat's point of view, and Neil Patrick Harris does a slam-bang job of presenting it. He provides voices for each character but, more importantly, he reads the story with humor and expression, bringing it to life. Listeners feel a kinship with Socks and root for his success, even while acknowledging his foibles. Both children and adults with roar with laughter at Sock's antics and cringe at his misdeeds. This is a great production that deserves to be enjoyed by a wide audience.
Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. 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. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.



Tracy Dockray is a fine artist and illustrator who has contributed to more than twenty illustrated books, including the bestselling Grimm's Grimmest, Delia at the Delano, and all of Beverly Cleary's highly popular children's books, most notably Ramona. A member of the Society of Illustrators, she holds an MFA from Pratt and lives in New York City.


More About the Author

Beverly Cleary's birthday, April 12th, is celebrated across the country on D.E.A.R. Day, with activities related to the Drop Everything and Read Program. One of the most popular and honored authors of all time, Beverly Cleary has won the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. She makes her home in coastal California.

Customer Reviews

I also enjoy any opportunity to read an animal story.
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Author Beverly Cleary is a wonderful writer of children's books.
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I enjoy reading books I loved as a child to my children.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A. Lowry on August 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
<em>Socks</em> is a great book, but it's terrible that the publisher threw out the great illustrations by Beatrice Darwin in favor of some Saturday-morning-cartoon "illustrations" that turn Socks into an anthropomorphic "character," instead of a cat.

Darwin's great pictures capture the personality of Socks in a way that stuck with me for 25 years. Any cat-lover should look into finding an older copy of this wonderful book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is about a gray kitten with white paws named Socks. Socks is bought by a couple living in a small house.The couple decided to have a baby. The baby was receiving all of the attention Socks normally received. Socks decided to leave the house. Running away from home caused Socks to get in a fight with another cat in the neighborhood. Socks returned home needing attention for his injuries. The couple saw the cuts and sores on Socks. Socks received lots of loving care and a nice comfortable bed to sleep in. There is a happy ending to the story. You'll need to read the book to find out the ending. I recommed this book for readers who love animals. I enjoy reading about any kind of animal. Animals add more excitement and comedy to a story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I love Beverly Cleary's books, and I think this may be one of her best. It's very intriguing and hard to put down. I don't like many books, but I loved this one. It has a great plot, interesting characters, and a GREAT ending. I would recommed this book to anybody, even those who don't like books.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
Socks is a cat who has a great family but than his family has a baby . So its all about how the cat acts and playes with the baby.Socks gets jealous of the new baby,but at the end you see how Socks acts with the baby as they get older.I thought this was one of Bevely Cleary's best books.This book is great for middle-school aged kids.This book made me laugh a lot and it inspired me to read more Bevely Cleary books.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Penny Thoughtful on November 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
This may be my favorite Beverly Cleary book, which is saying a lot because I'm one huge fan of Henry and Ramona.
It takes a lot of creativity and perspective to write a book entirely from the point of view of a cat, and have it come across as real and touching, not as schlock.
Socks the book and Socks the cat are well worth reading again and again, especially the hilarious final chapter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Bonesteel on October 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
Beverly Cleary tells the charming story of a cat whose position as the beloved center of the family is upset by the arrival of a new baby. Her refusal to anthropomorphize the cat added to my appreciation of this book immensely. The theme of pet jealousy was particularly relevant for me just now since my wife and I have four cats and we are also expecting our first child.

I have an old edition and I agree with the reviewers who prefer the original illustrations by Beatrice Darwin. This is the first story I have read to my as-yet-unborn son. I look forward to reading it with him again one day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read Socks three times when I was in third grade. I still think of it as one of my favorite childhood books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mgrzan@ix.netcom.com on January 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
Debbie and her brother, George, go out in the city with a box of kittens. On the box, it said 25 cents per kitten. Three bratty children wanted to keep Debbie's favorite kitten, but Debbie hid him in the mailbox. Then the mailman came and let Socks out. The Brickers bought the kitten and loved him for year. Then Mrs. Bricker gets a new pet...a baby! They put Socks in the basement. The baby bothers the kitten for a long time. Then Socks gets to know the baby and they become best friends.
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