Library Journal Review
PreS-K-Pippin, a young mouse, can't find one of his yellow socks with the clocks on it anywhere, so Tog, a cat, steps in to help. They turn up socks stuffed in shoes, left in washing machines, and lost behind furniture. They pair them all up but the misplaced yellow one is still not to be found. Finally the friends agree to wear mismatched socks. When Pippin helps Tog take off his boots, they discover that Tog was wearing the missing sock all along. Dunbar tells this story in dialogue and in simple, fluid prose. However, while Rescek's watercolors have a sweet and tender tone, the page spreads are overly colorful and busy. The characters, like the socks, are colored in blue, pink, or yellow patterns, and often get lost on the page. Still, hunting for the missing sock is an experience all children can relate to and they might enjoy the mystery with its surprising twist.-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
PreS-Gr. 2. This rollicking tale of upended laundry baskets and ransacked dresser drawers has, at its center, a familiar household object--a missing sock. Pippin, a chubby blue-and-pink striped creature that appears to be a mouse, can't find his yellow sock with clocks on it. He enlists the aid of his friend Tog, an equally colorful creature (a cat?) to find it, and the pair embarks on a joyful sock hunt, messing up the whole house. In one wacky double-page spread, the animals ponder lost socks as the art shows stretched-out, shrunk, and stinky socks that nobody wants to know. Once the sock hunt has produced a wealth of mismatched socks, Pippin and Tog set about matching them, with their successful efforts pictured on a four-page foldout that provides a great opportunity for kids to see how colors and patterns match. Rescek's marker-bright illustrations, with socks spilling out in every direction, are delightfully chaotic. Pair this with Lizette's Green Sock (2005), by Catharina Valckx. --Connie Fletcher Copyright 2006 Booklist