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Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  742 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
“I have lost my new blue socks. Did I put them in my box?” Simple rhymes—including socks, box, fox, and ox!—spin the tale of a small duck who waddles through the countryside, forlornly searching for his blue socks. “I’m trying not to be depressed. / Without my socks I feel undressed.” Finally, a sharp-eyed peacock sees a bit of blue peeking out of duck’s lace-up shoes and ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Clarion Books
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Mar 06, 2013 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Duck has lost his new blue socks. He searches in his box, but they aren’t there. He asks his friend Fox who hasn’t seen them either. Perhaps Ox knows where his socks are? Ox remembers seeing some socks down by the rocks. But those socks are purple, not blue socks, and they aren’t new either. Finally, Duck asks a group of peacocks about his socks. And they do know where his socks are! It turns out they are in a most surprising place!

Bunting has written a picture book in rhyme that dances along to
Apr 14, 2013 Alison rated it really liked it
There is a reason why this title has received FIVE STARRED REVIEWS.

Even Kirkus gave this one a Star, people!


It is just that good-illustrations and text blend for that perfect match of a picture book. Very funny-very Seuss like-and yet, still original and fun to read. Good pacing-visually and through the writing. Kudos to the team at Clarion for matching Bunting & Ruzzier here.

My 2 1/2 year old loved the set up and laughed when he realized where the lost socks were.

I am beyond
Aug 28, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
CUTE! The illustrations are darling and the story is a fun one, told in rhyme, that reminded me a bit of Green Eggs and Ham. The repetition of the "ox" sounds (Socks, Ox, Fox) is a delight to read aloud. The illustrations are fun and adorable (I like some of the humorous touches, such as the fox reading and eating a bunch of grapes!) and, of course, it's fun to try and see if you can see the blue sock somewhere in the pictures. My five month old was quite drawn to the illustrations.
Jim Erekson
Jan 26, 2014 Jim Erekson rated it it was ok
Shelves: picturebooks
Okay, Lu. Is this one really a Caldecott contender, or did you just throw it in there because of the abiding human theme of New Socks?

The first thought that crossed my mind after the first page was, "Maybe they're in your gigantic shoes." Dramatic irony! Did Bunting and Ruzzier intend it?

Too close to Fox in Socks with the rhyming choices, and not nearly as full of fresh voice as Bob Shea's book!
Feb 16, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it
This sounded much like a re-done Dr. Seuss book. I think I was spoiled by Ms. Bunting's Smokey Night and expected a bit more. I realize that this book is, of course, aimed at a younger audience and shouldn't be judged by the same standard, but even with that in mind, it didn't appeal to me that much.
Apr 05, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Duck can not find his new blue socks. He looks in his box and asks his friends, Fox and Mr. Ox. He even looks by the rocks and talks to the peacocks. Where he finds his new blue socks will be obvious to some grown-ups early on, but youngsters will love discovering them long before Duck does.
Eve Bunting has tapped into her inner Dr. Seuss with this one. It reads like "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Fox in Socks". The illustrations however, do not follow the Seussian style of bold colors and quirky char
May 15, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
Shelves: childrens, rhyming, 2013
This is an entertaining rhyming tale that very much reminds me of Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. The repetition and rhyme scheme is quite humorous and rhythmic and I expect that young children will enjoy hearing this book read aloud over and over.

The illustrations are colorful and cartoonish, and the little duck is adorable. Even though this book was a bit too 'babyish' for our girls, we still enjoyed reading it aloud together. Fun for individual or group storytime.
Sep 23, 2015 Annie rated it really liked it
'Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?' written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier tells a rhyming story of a duck that has lost his brand new blue socks and can't find them ANYWHERE! He searches and searches, inside, outside, asks all of his friends, and still can't find them. His search ends finally when he asks the peacocks if they've seen his socks and they notice he's been wearing them under his boots the whole time. This laugh-out-loud story is a must read to children!

Bunting cre
Meghan Klyczek
Sep 24, 2014 Meghan Klyczek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: choice-readings
I thought "Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?" was absolutely an adorable story. Everyone can be forgetful at times, as children and as adults. I think its important to incorporate that into your classroom. Anyways, this book is about a little duck who misplaces his blue socks and goes around to all of his friends asking if they have seen them. Everyone responds as if they have not seen his blue socks. When he comes up to the peacocks, they are the ones who help him out in locating them. They were ...more
Heather Langendorff
This is a children’s book written by Eve Bunting about a little duck who seems to have lost his new blue socks. The pictures in the first few pages really describe where the duck is looking for his socks. The ducks facial expressions are also shown in great detail in the story. I believe this is because the author wants the reader to know and understand how the little duck is feeling about his missing socks. The story goes on with the duck asking his friends if they have seen his new blue socks. ...more
Ashli Stroyan
I loved this story! This story is about a little duck who has misplaced his new blue socks. He asks his friend the Ox, who saw some socks down by the rocks, but unfortunately they were not his. He asked his friend the fox, but he hadn’t seen them either. Finally he asked his friends the peacocks, who instantly spotted his new blue socks sticking out of his shoes – he was wearing them the whole time! I loved reading this book because the rhyming. The illustrations were soft and simple while still ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
A rhyming hunt for missing socks. Pen, ink and watercolor illustrations are full of fun details to discover. It's been quite awhile since I got this lost in the pictures in a picture book.

The ending is funny and so much better than if they had been hiding in some obscure place. I especially appreciated how a reader's careful attention to all of the artistic details included in the pictures help them figure out the mystery of the missing blue socks.
Mandy Laferriere
May 15, 2015 Mandy Laferriere rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very cute, with a fun ending. If you look closely, the illustrations are a lot more complex than it appears on first glance. My son loves to point out the objects and name them. We enjoy this one a lot!
Apr 11, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love Eve Bunting. She can write in so many styles. This is more like an early reader with repeating rhyming sentences that kids will love to finish for you when you read it out loud. The colorful water color and pen illustrations add great clues to the easy text. They provide lot of back story to the written story. This might be a fun book to read in a Kindergarten class to inspire kids to write their own rhyming stories.
Sarah Foote
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? The text has rhyme and rhythm, offering a musical flow to the story, the illustrations alone could have told the story of a duck, looking for his blue socks. We see him asking his friends the fox, ox and peacock, and finally finding that he already had them on. When looking solely at the picture one doesn’t think that his friend and objects all rhyme: box, fox, ox, rocks, socks, etc. This is a great picture book for children to understand rhyming, and even put th ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Suzanna rated it really liked it
Bunting’s book describes a day in the life of a young duck that can not find his new pair of socks! The little duck then goes on a search for his missing socks. After asking many of his animal friends if they’ve seen his socks, the little duck has a realization. He realizes he has been wearing his socks the entire time. Although the plot is simple, the ending still comes as a surprise, keeping the reader interested. The pictures in this book were also simple, but still reinforced the plot. I rea ...more
Have you seen my new blue socks? is a story about a duck who lost its brand new pair of blue socks. The duck starts to worry that its brand new pair of socks may be gone and lost forever. To make sure he didn’t lose them, he goes around asking everyone if they have seen his new blue socks. The duck asks a couple other animals but none of them said they have seen the blue socks. Finally, the duck asked the peacocks if they have seen his new blue socks. The peacocks told the duck no, but asked the ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Margie rated it it was amazing
When Eve Bunting writes a book you read it. But when Sergio Ruzzier illustrates it, it goes to a whole new level of charming. There is something extraordinary about his interpretation of the text. His characters' features make you love them instantly. Losing socks has never been so good.

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Daniele Merrick
Apr 29, 2014 Daniele Merrick rated it really liked it
This book was a cute book about a little duck who thinks he lost his new blue socks. I thought this book was rather funny and the best part about it were the illustrations. I loved how they looked like they were done in crayon and used colors that were easy and appealing to the eye. Not only that, but they gave clues as to where the socks might be, which would be fun for children. I thought that this aspect was really engaging and kept the reader on their toes. I also really enjoyed the fact tha ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This was not my favorite Eve Bunting book and was different than the style of the other books of hers that I have read, but this book is still cute! This rhyming picture book about a duck who lost his new blue socks and searches for them in various places and asks other animal friends if they have seen them. The duck later discovers that his socks are not lost and that he was in fact wearing his blue socks all along. This book is very fun and relatable because everyone loses things sometimes and ...more
Meg Allison
Dec 12, 2013 Meg Allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Perfect for preschool read-aloud, by also would be great for an emerging reader with all the rhyming and controlled vocabulary.

I love that the illustrations include a book shelf, or an ox sitting at his easel with paints. Very subtle, but a celebration of the arts. Nice touch!
Mar 01, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
Completely adorable and thoroughly engaging. Duck is on a quest to find his missing socks. After searching his house, he seeks help from his friends. Sharp eyed readers will find the socks before duck and his friends solve the mystery.
Mar 08, 2013 Kalen rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Reads a bit like a Dr. Seuss book, but I just wanted a little more from it than I got. Maybe some more clues in the illustrations to make it a little more interesting for story time?
Araceli Aispuro
Duck is in search for his lost blue socks. He can't seem to find them anywhere. First place he checks is his box. Then He goes around asking the fox and the ox if the have seen his socks. But still there is no sign of his socks. Finally he's off to ask the peacocks. Finally Duck finds his new blue socks.

I found this reading amusing. Very similar to that of the Dr. Sues books. There is a high use of rhyme and repetition throughout the story making it both easy and fun to read. The illustrations
May 30, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Delightful story, the solution is reveled so kids can spot it before the duck does, great use of "cks" and "ox" rhyme, has great classroom application.
Amy Forrester
Jun 08, 2014 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
Can you help the poor duck find his new blue socks? He’s very sure he put them somewhere nearby. Better ask all his friends, maybe they can help. Using short, rhyming sentences and lots of questions, this animal-filled romp is fun to share at a toddler storytime. Ruzzier’s illustrations are pen and ink on watercolor paper. The setting is an amusing surrealistic twist on a storybook landscape of ponds, towers, and clinging vines set against craggy cliffs and sparse trees. Try this story for a clo ...more
Dec 08, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok
This was very simple. Poor Ducky is looking everywhere for his new blue socks, and has to go around asking his friends if they have seen them. Of course they haven't, but his last friends - the peacocks - help him discover their location. I saw the ending coming, but I think kids will be delightfully surprised at the silly outcome. I found the illustrations a bit odd - Fox was just sitting in a field eating grapes, Ox was in a field painting - and those tasks were not mentioned in the words at a ...more
Nani Yanagi
Apr 19, 2014 Nani Yanagi rated it really liked it
This book is very unique in which it rhymes. The pictures are mostly simple, and have a painting texture. This book is about a duck that lost his new blue socks. He asked his friend the fox and the ox if they knew where it was. Saddened, he was the peacocks if they saw his sock. They asked where he last used his socks. Looking down, they found the new blue socks on his feet! The duck was thrilled to have found his new blue socks. The images in this book were very intriguing. I loved the fact tha ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Leona rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy, ps-st, concept, rhyming
duck looks everywhere for his new blue socks until some friends help him. very cute ducks simply illustrated.
Colby Sharp
Jun 08, 2013 Colby Sharp rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, 2013
This is one of those picture books that you MUST reread as soon as you finish.
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Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “The
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