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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Series: Plant That Ate Dirty Socks
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (July 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380754932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380754939
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6. Nancy McArthur's book (Avon, pap. 1988) has been a consistent seller at school book fairs and a sure fire attention holder as a read aloud. This unabridged version is read expressively by Richard Adamson, who has developed distinctive voices for each of the characters. The story is a contrast between brothers, Michael and Norman, who share a room despite the fact that one is Mr. Neat and the other Mr. Messy. One day some odd seeds arrive in the mail. Michael decides to conduct a scientific experiment, so he begins feeding them a food such as broccoli and pizza. The plants grow enormous vines and leaves that threaten to overtake the boys' room. Their mother demands to know where Michael's dirty socks are going. Listeners learn, before the two boys do, that Michael's plant is eating his dirty socks. The boys realize that they must protect the plants' secret from the rest of the family and their friends. The gentle humor and silly adventures leading up to the school's big science fair will amuse and hold the attention of almost all intermediate grade students, and serve as a neat lead in to reading the book. This tape belongs in all audio collections for intermediate grades.?Linda R. Skeele, Western Elementary School, Georgetown, KY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

About the Author

Nancy McArthur lives in Berea, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. She teaches journalism part-time at Baldwin-Wallace College. She has a lot of plants, but none of them has eaten anything -- so far. The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks is the first book about Michael, Norman, Stanley, and Fluffy.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Holly Williams on May 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I first discovered The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks series when my boys were still young enough to be read to aloud. They howled with laughter. As they got old enough to read chapter books to themselves, they both devoured the entire series. This series ought to be on every elementary school library's shelf as it is a good series for engaging reluctant readers. Struggling middle school readers would like the series too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks Goes Hollywood

If you like a humorous story, this book would be great for you. For example: Fluffy's Schlurrrp! And Burrrpp! Were followed by a noise that sounded like an "ex" because Norman tried to teach his plant to say excuse me. There are a lot of adventures. You'll never guess what will happen next. Or do you like dirty and disgusting? You would then love this book either way. Especially... never mind, I'll let you find out by reading this book.

The author's craft I noticed in this story is dialogs. Guess what, she made the plants talk to each other! If you're interested in what I just told you, you would sure like to read this book. Check out The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks By Nancy McArthur.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks is a great book! It's about two kids that get seeds in the mail. They plant them, and a couple weeks later, they turn into mutant plants that eat socks. If you like the first one there are other ones. This book will put you in suspense and it will make you laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
I think it's a very funny book. And it's also a very imaginative
book. I recommend this book to people at the age of eight to
ten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By taylor on January 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Imagine what your life would be like if you didn't have to do laundry ever again because your plant eats your dirty socks but sometimes you might wake up in the middle of the night with a plant vine wrapped around your leg. The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks is by Nancy McAuthor and is a fiction/humor book. If you haven't read this book you haven't read a funny book. Michael said that "If you don't have a pet, get a plant. You only have to water and give them plant food. You don't have to clean up after them and they don't cost much." This is McAuthor's first book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By oh my god, I'm a mom! on April 27, 2011
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This is one of my all time favorite books! As a kid, I used to read about 3 or 4books every week! I thought this book was hilarious! I remember one day in school, we had quit time where we were reading quitly to ourselves. I wound up getting in trouble because I came upon a part of the book that was so funny that I laughed so hard that I fell out my chair laughing so hard and loud. I got this book to give to my son when he grows up so he can enjoy it as much as I did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mother Goose on March 12, 2011
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This book title was chosen by third grade students in an after school book club which I help lead. My rating is based on the fact that the students really enjoyed this book. Several are interested in the sequels to it and wished we could do so next month. They were able to get into some interesting discussion and predictions!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1998
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Micheal has to share his room with Norman the neatness nut. Micheal was always ordering free stuff. One day, he got seeds for an amazing plant. His brother norman demanded a seed. Micheal put little pieces of left over food in the soil. Micheals dirty sock were starting to disapeer.
This is a great book, so read it!
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