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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