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3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  7,026 Ratings  ·  363 Reviews
Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary charms readers with yet another lovable character—Socks, a jealous cat who must learn to share his owners with their new baby.

Socks is one happy cat. He lives the good life with his affectionate owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bricker. Ever since the day they saved him from a life spent in a mailbox drop slot, Socks has been the center of t
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by HarperCollins (first published 1973)
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Jun 18, 2008 Smokinjbc added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every kid..with or without a tabby cat but be prepared to procure one shortly.
Shelves: booksthatrock
Ok.. some embarrassing sentimental reviewing follows. Read at your own peril.

My boss, who just got a little tabby kitten for her 6 year old, was looking for books for her to read this summer. So of course, I think immediately of Socks and the summer I was six years old and got my own tabby kitten and read "Socks" sometime immediately after that. Changed my life.. or at least sparked my reading of books. So for all you parents out there...

1. Get your kid a tabby kitten (Tabbies are the best- I'm
May 04, 2016 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cats-and-dogs
A friend recommended this when I was pregnant with my first. We have a beloved calico who had been Princess of Everything to that point and I'm sure she would give Socks' story five purrrs and empathize with him wholeheartedly (though thank goodness we did not have to go to any extremes with her like they did with Socks). I actually didn't get around to reading this until after my second was born and I'm glad I waited because the story is even more poignant and humorous and heartbreaking and swe ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMGosh. I laughed so hard. Beverly Cleary is surely a cat person, because she has totally pegged the way a cat acts and thinks. Poor Socks has a terrible time when his family brings a baby named Charles William home to live with them. His antics trying to regain their affection are adorable. Cleary's spare, understated prose lend to the appeal for kids, and although it was first released in 1973, any cat lover today will howl with laughter. If you don't enjoy this book, then you're probably a do ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer chapter books
We haven't read as many books by Beverly Cleary together as I thought we would, but every once in awhile, I sneak one in. I think at this point, I will encourage our youngest to read them on her own, since many of them are still age-appropriate for her. She brought this book out from our bookshelves and read it for her independent reading for school and I read it after she did.

It's an entertaining story about the cat of a household and the turmoil that disturbs his happy life when a baby joins
Sep 15, 2015 Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary school-aged kids, first and second-time expectant parents
Shelves: children
Being as big a fan of Beverly Cleary as I am, I can't believe I hadn't read this one before. As it turns out, I think this book would be a good read not only for elementary school-aged kids, but also for first-time expectant parents, especially those with pets, and also parents who are expecting their second child (to gently remind them not to inadvertently neglect the first-born).

Socks is a cat who was adopted by a lovely couple. He had a happy life until the day the couple had their own baby.
Apr 23, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Socks is a white-footed kitten taken in to a perfect home: he always has a lap, and is generally spoiled... until the day the baby arrives. Now his position in the household is threatened by the new pet.

It's a wonderful story about the impact of a baby from the cat's perspective - dated by a couple of passing references, but not too obviously for children - and the adaptations made. A good reminder for any new parents with pets, as well as for encouraging empathy in children!
Jennifer Margulis
This book for young readers is told from the point of view of Socks, a kitten with white feet who becomes the beloved pet of a young married couple, the Brickers. The first chapter takes place outside a grocery store where a brother and sister are trying to find homes for their "nice, fresh kittens." When a harried looking mom with too many children agrees to take Socks, the siblings hide him in the mailbox. They don't want their favorite kitten to be mistreated by too many little hands.

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Aug 30, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Purrfect! I thought my 6-year-old might read this on his own, after he requested a book about a cat, but I ended up reading it to him and his 8-year-old brother. Socks reminded us of our grey tabby, Pete.
Michelle Isenhoff
Socks is written in true Beverly Cleary style. The cat for whom the book is named was the Bricker’s only pet, pampered, loved and a little spoiled. But his mistress’ comfortable lap began to shrink, and then one day Mr. and Mrs. Bricker brought home a new pet. One that wailed and smelled funny and stole all the attention that used to be lavished on Socks.

Written for ages six to nine (though probably independent only for the upper half), Socks will resonate with any child who’s owned a pet or bee
Do you know how sometimes you find just the right book for the moment? As a bit of serendipity, Socks written one year before I was born found its way into my families' life at just the right moment this year. My daughter is five-years-old now and a few months of ago we welcomed her brother into the family. The new addition hasn't been 100% smooth. As anyone that has lived with a five-year-old and a new born will attest they both demand a good bit of attention. Particularly when the five-year-ol ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Susann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With this reading, I paid much more attention to Mrs. Bricker. :)

December 7, 2011:
When my sister told me that my nephew was overcome with glee after the cat jumped into his crib, I knew I needed to track down an older edition of Socks for both of them.

Cleary writes from the cat's perspective and shows a pretty sweet life with the Brickers, until a BABY comes to stay. Baby life is a tough transition for everyone, especially Socks, but baby and kitty ticky eventually triumph together in a friends
For someone who didn't read Beverly Cleary as a child, I sure have read a lot of her stuff (with my kids) as an adult, and it always leaves me wondering, "Why didn't I read more of her books as a kid?" She's a good writer, entertaining, and very good at capturing the essence of a situation or character. In Socks, she does a wonderful job of giving us the perspective of a cat and, towards the end, a baby. I don't even like cats or babies very much (sadly, it's true . . . don't hate me :), but I r ...more
Mar 08, 2009 KatieLynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read Socks so many times. I could basically give a review of this book, to where I would spill out the entire story. So right now, I will give a brief review.

The story starts out where a little girl and a boy are trying to sell their kittens. The kittens ARE selling, which makes the girl scared. She has a special kitten named Socks who she loves the most. No matter what her pleads or cries, a couple decides to adopt Socks, and nothing could stop them.

As Socks is living with the couple, h
Sarah Grace
Sep 13, 2016 Sarah Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first chapter book I ever read. I remember my 6 year old self adoring it! Great for young readers.
Anastasia Musser
Aug 31, 2015 Anastasia Musser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this when I was a kid and loved it. I read it again and still love it.
Sep 20, 2016 Tegan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was good, but too sad.
Aug 23, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I'd read every single book by Beverly Cleary. Imagine my surprise and delight to find this gem, and read it now!

Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary charms readers with yet another lovable character—Socks, a jealous cat who must learn to share his owners with their new baby.

Socks is one happy cat. He lives the good life with his affectionate owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bricker. Ever since the day they saved him from a life spent in a mailbox drop slot, Socks has been the center of thei
Sera Hanagan
I loved the book Socks by Beverly Cleary. It made me laugh out loud a lot. My favorite part of the book is at the end when the baby and the cat Socks were playing in the babies bedroom. It was when the baby moved his crib and locked the mom out of his room. The cat and the baby start playing and it was super funny. My least favorite part was when the cat got locked out side and couldn't get i and the black cat who is his neighbor hurt him. I really didn't like that part. Over all I rate this boo ...more
I haven't reread Socks by Beverly Cleary since I was a child. I remembered very little about it except that it was about a cat, which, I must admit is the most obvious thing to remember! The first chapter introduces readers to Socks, her litter mates, and the boy and girl who originally "owned" her and were trying to sell all the kittens. Bill and Marilyn Bricker adopt Socks and take him home. Several chapters focus on these early, happy, good years. (Actually, I'm not sure how much time passes, ...more
Jun 11, 2015 Lynley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as a kid. My uncle gave it to me, along with 'Emily's Runaway Imagination'. This uncle lived elsewhere and never had anything to do with children, so I've always wondered if he went into a bookstore and asked for recommendations, or if he found them by browsing.

Now that my own daughter is seven, I pulled my old copy off the shelf. I had to sellotape it back together, since paperbacks don't stand 30 years plus multiple readings. At first she said, 'This book is weird' (new favou
Wayne S.
Jan 06, 2015 Wayne S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Socks is a seven week old gray tabby kitten with four white paws. Debbie and George sell him for 50 cents to a young married couple, Bill and Marilyn Bricker, who take him to their shabby house with a weedy lawn. As time goes on, Socks is one happy cat because he gets a lot of attention and all his desires are met—at least until Mr. and Mrs. Bricker bring home their “other pet,” a new baby named Charles William. Suddenly the Brickers have less and less time for Socks who feels left out and seems ...more
Jun 15, 2014 Amelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fellow teacher recommended this book to me. I used it for one of my second grade reading groups during our Beverly Cleary literacy circles unit. This story is about a cat named Socks and his experiences when his owners, the Beckers bring a new baby into the house. This was a fun chapter book to read with my students and was a great way to work with them on their decoding, fluency and comprehension. The students enjoyed reading about Socks’ sensitivities towards and interactions with the Becker ...more
Julie Decker
Feb 12, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Socks is a cat who's happy with his human parents until suddenly he has to share their attention with someone else: A tiny human, his parents' new baby. He's not first in their lives anymore! So he begins to act out, though you can see in his actions that he's lonely and feeling passed over (especially when he enjoys the lavish lap of a babysitter). Poor Socks wonders if life will ever go back to normal, but soon enough the baby gets old enough to become a playmate. . . .

Kids who have been displ
Oct 09, 2013 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heard
It's not only third-graders whose heads Beverly Cleary can get into. She also channels cats. Socks is totally believable and adorable in every particular. He's bewildered by the appearance of a new baby in his family, and how he copes with the changes which ensue is both comical and poignant. The babysitter is priceless! I want to grow up and be the babysitter.
This was far too cute and funny for anything less than 5 Stars! Socks is an awesome little cat who reminds me so much of my own furball, Merlin. I am so glad I picked this up as part of Lesley's #ReadKidsLit project. Makes me want to dig out all my other Cleary books and take a stroll down memory lane.
Fun read with Mara.
This sweet little book is about a kitty who finds himself with a loving family, and everything changes when a baby joins the family. I've had it since I was a kid and tried to get my 9 year old who is reluctant to read to read it, knowing it would be an easy read for him. Well it was a bust, he didn't read it, but I picked it up and had a nice nostalgic read.

Likes: I believe that animals have feelings as acute and real as human beings do. Reading this reminded me to be a bit more mindful of my p
Devon Flaherty
Mar 17, 2016 Devon Flaherty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and family reading time
Socks, by Beverly Cleary, and first published in 1973. Seen here in the William Morrow and Company version illustrated by Tracy Dockray.

Let me begin this review with a revelation: I hate cats. Let me also give a review spoiler: I loved this book. My loving this book came as a surprise to myself.

I am in the middle of reading out most of the Beverly Cleary books (there are a lot of them) to my kids. I have already reviewed the Ramona series and the Henry Huggins series, as well as Muggie Maggie. W
Emily Harris
Sep 21, 2016 Emily Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sock by Beverly Cleary is a fantasy genre. This is a story about Socks the cat who was adopted by the Brickers, they gave him all the attention in the world until one day they came home with a baby. Socks has to learn to share the attention with the baby.
I think this book would be a great read for second and third graders, it is a little longer than some books but it has a few pictures and large print. This book helps with social skills it shows children how to adapt to new people and shows the
Jun 01, 2014 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always loved Beverly Cleary's books. They are wholesome, fun to rad stories. I read Socks when my children was young. It was okay, but not my favorite. HOWEVER, we had a stray tabby cat have kittens in our yard last year. We were "stuck" with most of them, and have fallen in love. I just read Socks again, and loved it.
Socks acts so much like our cats that I laughed more than once. I had a smile on my face through the whole book. I can tell that Beverly Cleary really knows cats. It was a p
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Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

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