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Socks is one happy cat....He lives with a nice young couple called Brickers who play with him, pet him, feed him treats, and always have a warm lap for him to sit in. Then a new baby joins the family Suddenly, the Brickers are sharing their laps and love with Charles William, and Socks is getting into trouble. He runs from a phantom dog, wrestles with Nana's best wig, and...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by HarperCollins (first published 1973)
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Jun 18, 2008 Smokinjbc added it
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...more
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
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.

The Bric...more
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...more
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
Feb 19, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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 friendship scene equal to Rick and Louis at the end of Casablanca.

I strongly recommend r...more
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
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...more
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
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...more
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.
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...more
David B
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 when I read this book since my wife and I had four cats and were also expecting our first child.

I have an old edition and prefer the original illustrations by Beatrice Darwin. This is the first story I read to my...more
Danielle Wood
This was cute :) Can't wait until Jack is old enough to enjoy books like this!
A favorite from my childhood
I definitely want to give this book two and a half stars, and was very much on the fence as to whether to round that rating up or down. Socks is a nice story with much to offer. I tend to believe that Beverly Cleary came into her best years of empathetic and insightful writing beginning in the 1970s and then extending through to the 1990s, and during that stretch of time there were few authors more perceptive at making the emotions that real kids experience as accessible and understandable as s...more
Socks is an adorable cat story by Beverly Cleary, one of children’s literature most-beloved authors. It’s always a delight to pick up a book by Cleary, whose characters ranged from kindergarteners to teens and dogs and cats to mice. I also enjoy any opportunity to read an animal story. Socks also has special significance to me, because I read it aloud to my own cat Lucy in the few days before she died.

A young tabby cat with four white paws, Socks was the favorite cat of Debbie and her brother Ge...more
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Socks is a adorable kitten who is adopted by the Bricker family. He is in absolute heaven with the Brickers' until one day Mrs. Bricker stomach starts to get bigger. Soon after Mrs. Bricker has a baby and Socks goes to war, trying to regain the love and attention that he once had. Socks is a well-devopled cute little tabby cat who is completely sympathetic in his adventures...more
Jessi Galloway
It’s been quite some time since I last looked through the pages of Socks. As a child I loved animals and had a yellow Tabby growing up, as well as an assortment of animals ranging from domestic to just plain strange.
I don’t remember exactly how I ended up with this book, only that my mom and I would take turns reading it out loud every night before bed when I was in elementary school. When I was cleaning out my books shelf I came across it once again, which prompted me to write this short revie...more
I don't know what stroke of genius led Cleary to tell a new-baby-comes-to-stay story from the perspective of a cat, but it's one reason why so many of her books are classics.

I loved this book when I was younger, and a recent reread has not convinced me otherwise.

If you love cats, hate cats, have a younger sibling or know someone who will, read this book. If you're an only child, read this book.

Oh, what the heck. Just read it! You'll love it.
Sep 17, 2014 Ariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: mg
I love Beverly Cleary so I'm not sure how I missed this one about a cat who must learn to share his home with an attention-grabbing intruder...a human baby, who proves is worth to the sulky jealous kitty in the end. It's Cleary's only book told exclusively from an animal's point of view (though we do see a lot of the world according to Ribsy the dog in the Henry Huggins stories) and it's just charming..
Ok, I'm changing my previous 4-star rating to 5-stars because my daughter has listened to this 3 days in a row and STILL giggles the whole way through it. This is my first non-Ramona Beverly Cleary book (which is sort of shocking), and it has the same sharp wit and childlike eye that the Ramona books do. Usually, I'm not a fan of anthropomorphic stories (there are a few exceptions), but Socks, a cat frustrated with the arrival of a new baby, doesn't make me roll my eyes. Socks acts like a cat, t...more
I really could be missing something, because Socks has been around longer than I have been alive, but I can't imagine this book keeps the attention of many children. I only made it through because it was short... and I kept thinking something had to happen, that the allusions would go somewhere, that the suspense would build to a climax.

Here's what does happen. In chapter one, two rather entertaining children sell Socks the kitten out of a cardboard box in front of the grocery store to a newlywe...more
Dec 29, 2011 Daniel rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Daniel by: Sara
Shelves: hardcover, fiction
Sara and I have taken to reading childrens' books before bed when we both have the time. This was, of course, her choice.

She had apparently read and loved it when she was younger, or has been infected with such an acute case of Toxoplasmosis that even the thought of cats creates feelings of euphoria.

This is among the only reasons I can see that one would want to reread this book. The plot is...thin. A couple buys a cat and has a baby. The baby distracts the couple from the cat, and the cat does...more
This was my very first chapter book. I remember choosing it in my elementary school library in grade 2. All by myself! I've reread it many times and to my own kids. Today I bought a copy for my grandson. He's only 9 months old, but he'll need his own copy soon.
I vividly remember loving this book as a child. For the life of me, I wish I could remember why. Don’t get me wrong, this book is likeable and cute, but not much happens. There was a happy cat, the couple has a baby, the cat is forgotten, the baby grows up, and then the cat and baby become friends. I wanted more Lady and the Tramp adventures, more laughs and a much more mischievous cat. Ramona Quimby, the famous Cleary character, was a girl who always got into trouble and was constantly cracking...more
Mindi Hall
I love this book! It is full of laughs...Beverly Cleary is one of my favorite children's author because she uses very descriptive, visual language. This book was about a cat named Socks who lived with a young couple named the Brickers. The Brickers gave Socks all the attention in the world, until they had a baby. Then the attention was given more to the baby than Socks. Socks felt abandoned. This is a great book to introduce the idea of jealousy towards a "new pet". When students are the only ch...more
Jan Brooks
Lots of family dynamics--selling kittens / new pet / new baby / grandparents / sitter--all within an entertaining easy chapter book. Will buy. Not as dated as the last Cleary book I read.
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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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