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Summary: Gracie could only find one of her favorite socks. When she went to the dryer looking for the match, she was greeted by none other than the Sock Monster. Gracie chased him into the dryer and down into his sock room, where she found everyone's missing socks. This picture book adventure pairs a little girl with the
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 7
Reading Level: 2.8
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: I like the concept - everyone wants to know where missing socks go and have some imaginary tale to explain it. The illustrations are nice, and the Sock Monster is greedy but not scary. That said, each page is fairly text heavy, and readers will be impatient to SEE what happens next before reading is done.
Pros: Gracie's adventures will help answer the age-old question about how socks go missing. The illustrations are cute and light, and the monster isn't scary.
Cons: After looking at the illustrations, I wanted to preview this before I shared it. I'm glad I did. The idea of traveling in a dryer bothers me. Yes, I know its fantasy, but the audience for this book is just the one that would try climbing in the dryer.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book adults should read before sharing to decide how their child would react.