Last week we announced that Michael John Sullivan & Susan Petrone’sThe Sockkids Meet Lincoln is our Kids Corner Book of the Week and the sponsor of our student reviews and of thousands of great bargains in the Kids Book category:
Here’s the set-up:
The SockKids – Solving The Mystery Of Your Missing Socks! Where do our missing socks go?Readers find out in our children’s series, The SOCKKIDS. We follow the Socker family through many adventures; from encountering the slobbery mouth of the family dog to meeting Santa as he comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve to helping a fireman save a baby to the most shy Socker going to the school dance for the first time.
Thanks to the time-travel opportunities afforded by the spin cycle of the washer, they learn about some of the most important humans in the world. Children two and up and their parents will be drawn to the diversity of the family and the universal and timeless lessons they teach: don’t be afraid of new experiences; treat others as you would like to be treated, and of course, beware of the spin cycle!The SockKids – Helping Humans Cope in a Smelly World! TheSOCKKIDS.com.
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And here, for your reading pleasure, is our free excerpt:
The sock drawer shook from side to side, which could only mean one thing: the Sockkids were dancing! It was Saturday in their human’s house. What’s so special about Saturday? Why, it’s wash day! What sock doesn’t like to take a swim in the washing machine?
“Whew, it sure is smelly in here,” said Grandpa Bleach. “These kids may need the extra wash cycle.”
“I need a long wash,” said Stretch, a tube sock who spent most of his time with the humans playing sports.
His little sister, Rinse, took a sniff in his direction. “Yuck!” she said.
Rinse was very happy. She loved swimming in the washer. She adjusted her goggles and pretended to be a dolphin swimming up and down in the water. “Yay!” she squealed.
“Don’t get fuzzies!” Rainbow said to her husband Parch, who loved to lounge in the dryer all day. “That includes you, too, Grandpa. No dozing.”
The Sockkids laughed. Grandpa would often fall asleep in the dryer and wake up covered with fuzzies. Yes, fuzzies!
Fuzzies were those little knots that clung to their bodies. Then the humans would have to pull them off. The pinging pain sent even the most courageous sock to the nearest laundry basket for another wash. Oh, it was terrible to even say the word “fuzzies!”
One of the humans scooped up the entire Socker family and headed for the laundry room, where the water was already pouring into the washer. “Woo hoo!” shouted Stretch as he dove in. The warm, soapy water felt great and loosened his wool.
“Don’t swim too far, Stretch,” warned Grandpa Bleach. “Do you know what happens when socks go too far in the washing machine?”
“I know,” Stretch said, looking away. “They get lost.”
“I remember the first time I had my first wash. It was a mixed cycle with these awful bright colored shirts and smelly underwear falling all over me, and I was so scared when …”
Whoosh! Whoosh! The sound of the washer drowned out Grandpa Bleach’s story. Stretch laughed as Grandpa’s words floated up in a bubble. “Great story, Grandpa!” Stretch shouted. He jumped and tried to catch the bubble just as the spin cycle started. Whizzzzz! Around and around Stretch went!
Most of the time, socks just go into the washing machine with the rest of the clothes, get washed and dried, and put back in their drawer. But washing machines can be a special place for socks. During the spin cycle, socks can sometimes slip through time and go to another time and place in the world. People think the socks are lost but they’ve just gone visiting.
Poor Stretch. He was about to take a trip. “Help!” he cried, plunging back into the bath.