Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet wrote the wonderfully funny book CAKE with its creative story and imaginative illustrations. Needless to say we were thrilled when the duo’s new title Simon Sock arrived for us to read together and we couldn’t wait to discover more about this new character.
Simon is a sock, he’s stripy and lives in the sock drawer with the other socks. A day in the life of a sock starts off well, they are excited to see who will be picked that day you see. Every day two socks are picked to go on an adventure, but Simon doesn’t get a turn because he’s not a part of a pair and thus he’s branded as odd.
Simon is sad and dreams about what fun he could have if only he was part of a pair. A bear named Ted sets out to find a stripy match for Simon, but each time they meet someone who may fit the bill Simon realises the stripy match isn’t perfect at all. Until that is Simon finally finds his match, the other half of his stripy pair!
But Simon soon learns that just because they match does not mean they have similar interests. He then meets another friend who is very different to him but who enjoys doing the same things and so they have fun together.
I love the lessons that Simon Sock is teaching our children – even though you will giggle at the funny story that unfolds and the beautifully expressive and bright illustrations by Nick East that find poor ol’ Simon getting himself into all sorts of challenging situations, you will find it opens the door to discussing how we should all embrace friendship, even if our friends are different to us.
Simon Sock is available from book stores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R165. We received the board book edition of this story, a small book that is sturdy and so great for even little hands to hold. It’s recommended for children aged three to five years.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for sharing the story of Simon Sock with us.