Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?
by Eve Bunting
illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, 2013
unpaged picture book
Duck can not find his new blue socks. He looks in his box and asks his friends, Fox and Mr. Ox. He even looks by the rocks and talks to the peacocks. Where he finds his new blue socks will be obvious to some grown-ups early on, but youngsters will love discovering them long before Duck does.
Eve Bunting has tapped into her inner Dr. Seuss with this one. It reads like "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Fox in Socks". The illustrations however, do not follow the Seussian style of bold colors and quirky characters. Bunting's tale is well-paired with more of a classic and charming style in a muted color palette. This will be a great choice for reading to individual young children or to larger groups. And it does beg to be read-aloud!