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New Socks

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,046 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Bob Shea captures the excitement a chick experiences when he puts on a pair of brand new socks. It's true that not everyone has this reaction, but everyone knows how fun it can be to have something new. It can change the way you feel and, in the case of new socks, change the way you walk, especially if you're a chicken. ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published 2007)
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Jon Nakapalau
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Bob Shea's books! A little yellow chick is convinced that his new orange socks are the reason everything in the world is right - sure to brighten your day. ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
This cute little bird gets new socks and is really excited and happy about them.
I get him <3 I love socks, and feel specially happy when I get new ones. Or a new shirt. Or new glasses :3
Jun 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidsbooks
You know when you get a new clothing item; and it makes you so happy; you want to show it off and wear it everywhere? That's what this little chick in the this book does--the whole book is about...yep, his new socks. Drawn in the Rocky and Bullwinkle type illustrations, it's alot of fun. ...more
Aug 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Read this in storytime today and the kids were cracking up. It has nice bold illustrations that make for good group reading.
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I feel like Leon the Bird and I are soul twins, because I also enjoy new socks and the color orange.
Jun 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
It's kind of weird. But I am kind of weird. It reminds me of that skit from The State where Michael Ian Black buys his first pair of pants and is spinning around at the end yelling "I love pants!" It's like that. ...more
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A message to author Bob Shea: You are a genius.

This book made me laugh like no other children's book has made me laugh recently. I love Leon's new socks because they are orange and they make everything possible. Actually, I think I could use a pair of new socks.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I like the blocky art style of these illustrations very much.

The story is fun. My little one likes to memorize stories so she can "read along" or "read the book" to me, and this one is great for that.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Adorable Leon has a new pair of orange socks and he is SO excited about it. Wonderful book for a read-aloud! In fact, you must read this book aloud at least once and bask in the pure enjoyment of reading to others and having them laugh along with you!
Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
Funny - good for storytime. All about his new socks and what they can do (wood floor, slide, meet the president)
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The simple wording and sparse illustrations combine to create a book that echo's the unexpected pleasure that comes from something as basic as NEW SOCKS!
By the end of the book I was recalling the thrill of all kinds of insignificant things I had reveled in when I first got them,
as a kid: new pajamas (the way they stretched from my neck to under my toes - AWESOME!)
new moon boots (holy shit, I can walk in snow and my feet aren't even cold - IT'S A MIRACLE!)
as an adult: new bra (wow, I'm quit po
Sophia C
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If ever you need a book that will take 2 minutes to read that will always leave you crying from laughing so hard, then I highly recommend this one.

When I was a preschool teacher I discovered this book in my local library. I flipped through it, liked the art and decided to read it to my class. After the first time I read it out loud I fell in love. The book is simply hilarious. Like most really good children's literature and other forms of entertainment, there are layers to the work in order for
This was cute and funny. I'll admit that as I was nearing the end, I was wondering which age group of kids would enjoy the book (e.g. the reference to the president makes it seem a bit older for toddlers, even though the rest of the book had toddler all over it). I think preschool and school-age would enjoy this. And the absolute best part was the very end. I laughed.

12/9/15 Used in Things We Love at the Holidays: Presents theme, since we sometimes get clothes. The president was a bit over the
Hilarious! (I hope my kids at story time agree, because I'll definitely be reading this one. It's so great/rare when the books I like can actually be read aloud.) I heard about this one through an article on about "the mismatch of technology and picture books" and was curious.

I hope I am forever flexible enough to pull off the sock phone at story time. So far, so good. (At least, as long as I'm sitting down.)
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children's librarians, moms, dads, goofballs
Shelves: storytime-books
My best friend bought this book for me on my 31st birthday because I loved it so much. I used it today for the first time at my new library branch for Baby and Toddler storytime and all 13 of my toddlers thought it was just as amazing as I do! (Pretty sure the 3 babies in pumpkin seats that aren't talking yet dug it too) This book is fabulous in every way- not just for programming but as a surefire way to brighten up any day for all ages. ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Genre: PB17

What a GREAT BOOK! There is not a deep plot, or a story twist in this book, but the story and illustrations are the best! I love the illustrations and the great use of colors in the pictures. The "voice" readers get from the chick in this story make the story one you have to read aloud and it will be read again and again! Perfect for anyone looking for a smile today!

Three words to describe this book: Fun, laughable, smiling
I'm not really sure what happened with this one--when I read it to prep for story time, I thought it was charming and fun, but didn't really get why everyone loves it so much. But then when I read it in story time, everything clicked and it was a ridiculous amount of fun to read out loud. New socks meeting the wood floor is probably my favorite part. As is the last line, which cracks me up every time. Bob Shea: you, sir, are awesome. ...more
Jen H.
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute story that toddlers and young children will enjoy. A little chick/duck is very excited about his new socks and is eager to show them off to the reader. He even pretends the president calls him to discuss the new socks. The duck reminded me a little of the Pigeon. Illustrations of bright colors of orange, yellow and blue.
Oct 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
On a second go, I'm giving this 4 stars. I must have just been in the wrong place/time when I first read it.

Original review below:

I ran to the shelf after reading Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime and was a bit disappointed. The book is okay and all, but it is clear that Shea has gotten better with experience.
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
So, Leon has new socks. Orange must be his size!

The book is largely just him playing around with his socks - not being scared on the big kids slide, talking on his "sock phone" to the president, that sort of thing. It's the enthusiasm that makes this book worth having. Definitely check it out :)
Bob Shea is a newer children's author and illustrator. His previous two books (Big Plans, Dinosaur vs Bedtime) have been brilliant. This new book tells the story of a bird who has gotten a new pair of socks. These new socks give him confidence. They also open up his imagination to dream of where his new socks will take him. ...more
Jay Bushara
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This looks like it took about fifteen minutes to illustrate and write, but you could not imagine more effortless exclamations, and you probably could not conceive a better first book. Which isn't coincidental:

"Hey New Socks... I'd like you to meet someone... Wood Floor! Whoa!"

In clamorous orange and yellow - with a couple of blue patches (to denote thoughtfulness) in between.
Kyrah Bass
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children under age 2 because it's nice and short (like their attention span!)
Recommended to Kyrah by: found it in the library and liked the pictures at first glance
My ten month old son loves the bright colors in this book! I love it because it's an easy fun read filled with lots of cool sounds (like "whoa" and "brrrriiiinnngg"). I love the unique little chicken in the story and his imagination! ...more
Jan 29, 2010 added it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute and colorful, will be much enjoyed by Pigeon fans (we like it even more than Pigeon). You can't really say the word "socks" in our family anymore without someone chiming in, "Oh, hello Mr. President! New socks?" ...more
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
close second to dinosaur vs. bedtime, new socks is so adorable. it helps to start reciting lines whenever mini is anti-socks & shoes. and if you ever watch the sprout channel, they have a great "reading" (more like mini rap) of the book. ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book was easy to read. The excitement of new socks turned into excitement for new pants so you can keep this going with all articles of clothing. My daughter learns new words all of the time so this helped her learn the word "socks" tonight since it was written on each page at least once. ...more
Mitchell Ary
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd-314
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! there is so much comedy in this book. the way the author plays on to sarcasm and humor is fantastic. i laughed out loud as my professor was reading this book. i have to buy this book. immediately.
Francis S. Poesy
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, humor
There is something you might not notice because you're paying way too much attention to Chick's new socks. But I won't spoil it for you. I'll let you enjoy this funny and exuberant book until you find out the shocking truth on the last page. Don't say I didn't warn you! I'm off now to buy some new socks. ...more
Carolyn Jeziorski
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a fine book to read aloud to young children. Thanks to the bird’s new socks, he can do all kinds of fun things, like skate on floors or climb a big slide. The preschoolers who listened to it weren’t as engaged as I’d hoped.
Trisha Parsons
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
This is a really cute, simple, and funny book for storytime. It really got my kids talking, too. They were saying that socks were gross and then talking about how much they loved socks! It was adorable.
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Bob Shea has written and illustrated over a dozen picture books including the popular Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and the cult favorite Big Plans illustrated by Lane Smith.

His characters and animations have appeared on Nick Jr, Playhouse Disney and PBS Kids.

Bob spends his days writing, drawing and having “conversations” with NPR.

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