Odd Socks

illus. by Rebecca Ashdown. 32p. Holiday House. Jul. 2016. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780823436590; ebk. $16.95. ISBN 9780823437320.
PreS-Gr 1—In Robinson's out-of-the-box rhyming ode to sock pairs, one sock couple enjoy their time together on feet, hanging on the clothesline, swimming in the wash, and curled up next to each other in the sock drawer. However, after one sock finds a hole in his wife, she soon goes missing. Her husband decides he will search for her, declaring, "There's no point in being a sock on your own!" His quest leads to adventures that end with the house's pet dog tearing him in two. Eventually both damaged and now-mended socks reunite in the toy bin—repurposed as sock puppets. Ashdown's watercolor illustrations, with soft, colorful pencil outlines, are whimsical and sketchy, perfectly matching the text's tongue-in-cheek humor and playful narrative.
VERDICT Pair this title with Eve Bunting's Whose Shoe?? for guaranteed storytime fun about clothing that's been lost, found, and happily recycled. A winsome purchase for most picture book collections.

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