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October 29, 2013

THE SOCKKIDS MEET LINCOLN by Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone


Michael John Sullivan
Susan Petrone
Sugar Snail

Scribe Publishing (August 14, 2013)
The SockKids Meet Lincoln

(from Goodreads)
Where do our missing socks go?

Find out in The SOCKKIDS. Follow the Socker family through many adventures; from encountering the slobbery mouth of the family dog to meeting Santa as he comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve to helping a fireman save a baby to the most shy Socker going to the school dance for the first time.

Thanks to the time-travel opportunities afforded by the spin cycle of the washer, they learn about some of the most important humans in the world. Children and their parents will be drawn to the diversity of the family and the universal and timeless lessons they teach: don’t be afraid of new experiences, treat others as you would like to be treated, and of course, beware of the spin cycle!

The SockKids – Helping Humans Cope in a Smelly World! 

Meet the Socker family:

BLEACH, the grandfather is a faded argyle sock who loves the warmth of the dryer. Wise with sayings, he’s constantly complaining how cold he is and telling stories of his wonderful childhood days.
COLORS, the grandmother, is a wide, wrinkly slouch sock. She loves to hug her grandkids and changes colors depending upon the mood of the human foot she’s on. She loves to sing and dance and often bothers Bleach to go dancing
RAINBOW, the SockKids’ mom, is a rainbow-colored toe sock.  She keeps life in the sock drawer organized.
PARCH, the SockKids’ father, is a gold-toe sock who loves nothing more than relaxing in the dryer after a hard day at work. He’ll do anything to find rest and heat so he tries to hide in the corners of the dryer.
STRETCH is the oldest SockKid, A tube sock, he’s tall and athletic.  He spends a lot of time out of the drawer and playing games on the humans’ feet.
SUDSY, well, Sudsy likes to get into a little mischief now and then. Sometimes he slides down on human ankles or picks up bugs and puts them on human legs or rubs against the carpet and shocks people. He loves to collect fuzzies and make them into hats to wear. His favorite trick is still making people’s feet itch.
WOOLY is a dress sock. He’s kind of shy, a bit of a bookworm, and is sometimes afraid of new experiences.
RINSE loves water, any kind of water. In fact, she loves Wash Day so much, she wears her swimming goggles all the time, just in case there’s a chance she can go for a swim in the washing machine.
SUNNI is the baby of the family. A little yellow bobby sock with brown freckles, Rainbow and the rest of the family sometimes coddle her because she’s so small. But watch out, when push comes to shove, Sunni can stand up for herself.
STITCHES was just adopted by the Socker family. Always on the run looking for new experiences, Rainbow and Static are always watching him so he doesn’t get into trouble.

Where are those missing socks?  As you read this cute story about the Soccer family and all their adventures.  The authors wrote a fun story that teaches history.  They meet a dog with slobber dripping down, Santa coming down the chimney at Christmas Eve, helping to save a baby and best of all, the shy Soccer kid goes to his first dance. We then go to the washing machine and its spin cycle.  What wonderful time travel is done with the laundry.  The Soccer kids meet all kinds of exciting and important people of the past,  This is the first book using time travel for young children to teach lessons.  Here the lesson is History.  It's being told in a fun, imaginable way.  Socks are alive and they travel through time in the spin cycle.  How clever the authors were!In this book the sock family meets Abraham Lincoln during one of the spin cycles.  The book teaches about Lincoln and what his beliefs were. I like the fact that the reader can have fun and yet learn about some important history.This book would even be good for the young at heart.  Who knows, you may learn a thing or two.  The book brings quite a few smiles and a little giggle from the young reader.  A smiling child is more apt to pay attention to what the book is saying. The Socker family isn't just known as socks.  Each sock has its own individual name and personality. Encourage your child to get a sock and make his own sock kid. Anytime you can get a child to be read to or read themselves is a wonderful time.  Books are important and children have short attention spans.  The authors wrote this at a level where the child wants to turn the pages and wants more.  The illustrations capture the eye right away.  Pictures help to tell the story.  The authors and the illustrator had the right  Where will the SOCKKIDS go next?  Where will the spin cycle take them?  This is a book that should be on every child's book shelve so it can be read over and over.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

 I was given a complimentary copy of THE SOCKKIDS MEET LINCOLN by Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone from Mother Daughter Book Reviews for my unbiased view..

Michael John Sullivan Michael John Sullivan graduated with a communications degree and a promising future in the field of journalism after working for the official school paper the previous two years. Six months later, he found himself washing his hair in a toilet at the same university as he prepared for a job interview.

Sullivan was homeless at the age of 23 after first watching his mother -- his protector in a dysfunctional family -- die from cancer. A year later his father asked him to leave. Riding a New York City subway train at night, his only companion was a green plastic bag of belongings. During these bleak days he began writing his most reflective and emotional childhood and adult memories now featured in two of his novels.

On a bitterly cold New Year's Eve that year, Sullivan intentionally hid under a pew in the back of a church to stay warm for the night. After the doors were locked, he lay near a makeshift manger, writing and talking to the baby Jesus. It was a cathartic experience, one that would continue to resonate with him years later.

He was rescued off the train by an aunt and uncle.

After spending much of the past two decades raising their daughters while working at home, Sullivan returned to his notes in 2007 and began writing Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness. It was published by Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books imprint in April 2010. The Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreak as one of the year's best in Christian fiction for 2010. He recently finished the sequel, Everybody's Daughter, featuring more memories from his young adult life, including the day he walked to Forest Park as he contemplated taking his own life. Only the strains of a song prevented him from doing the unthinkable.

Sullivan lives with his family in New York. He is a board member for the Long Island Coalition of the Homeless.

Published works
Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness.

Susan Petrone’s short fiction has been published by Glimmer Train, Featherproof Books, The Cleveland Review, Muse, Conclave, and Whiskey Island. Her first novel, A Body at Rest, was published in 2009 (Drinian Press). Her short story, “Monster Jones Wants to Creep You Out” (Conclave,2010) was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. She also writes about her beloved Cleveland Indians at for’s SweetSpot network. In addition, she is a regular contributor to Cool