Zadie and the Stripey Sock by Barbara Nye


Zadie and the Stripey Sock by Barbara Nye. Penny Candy Books, 2021. 9781736031926

 Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Advance Reader Copy

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? Zadie is upset with her family and decides to run away. When packing her most important objects, she can’t find the match to her favorite rainbow stripey sock, so she goes looking for it around the house. Along the way, she begins to understand her emotions and starts to feel better. When she finds her younger brother playing with her sock as if it were a rainbow snake, she joins in and decides to stay, at least until tomorrow. Most kids will be able to relate to the frustrations of Zadie’s family and know they are not alone. The illustrations are full of color and black outlines make the different textures of the illustrations and colors stand out. Color and pattern splotches follow Zadie to enhance the reader’s understanding of her emotional state. 

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? I would give this to kids looking for stories to better understand their emotions. Read-alike with Sophie series by Molly Bang.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham, Massachusetts

Date of review: August 17, 2021

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