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A purr-fectly hilarious portrait of life with a baby from a cat’s point of view

Socks is one happy cat. A young tabby cat with four white paws, he lives happily with a young married couple, Marilyn and Bill Bricker. They feed him, pet him, give him treats, and always have a warm lap for him to sit on. The center of the Bricker household, Socks rules it affectionately but firmly.

Into this loving home, however, comes another pet. This creature has a small, wrinkled, furless face, and Mr. and Mrs. Bricker spend an inordinate amount of time trying to burp it. Its arrival fills Socks with jealousy and a terrible anxiety. Soon Socks is getting into all sorts of trouble. He runs from a phantom dog, wrestles with Nana’s best wig, and fights Old Taylor the tomcat for territory. But as Charles William grows, Socks discovers that he has a new best friend and a new way to be part of the family.

Although her story is about a cat and faithful to his point of view in every detail, Mrs. Cleary demonstrates with it the emotional upheaval experienced by a child who must learn to share his parents. As young readers come to understand Socks and his problems, they will gain a new understanding of themselves. But, most of all, they will laugh.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A hilarious book…and Neil Patrick Harris does a slam-bang job of presenting it. He provides voices for each character but, more importantly, he reads the story with humor and expression, bringing it to life…deserves to be enjoyed by a wide audience.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Neil Patrick Harris…skillfully enlists our sympathy for Socks, whose fortunes steadily worsen as Mrs. Bricker’s lap and attention span shrink. With boyish humor, Harris invites listeners to see life from Socks’ vantage point. Younger listeners (who may themselves feel misunderstood by the big people in their lives, especially after the arrival of a new sibling) will especially appreciate this perspective. Parents listening along will enjoy Cleary’s sharp and humorous insights into family life.”

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