Author(s): Susan Wheelan
Sarah's mother is tired of finding odd socks in the laundry basket. Where do all the missing socks go? Sarah knows. But her mother mustn't find out! A fantastical adventure into an imaginative fairy-filled world. In three delightful stories, fairies, ponies and ballerinas come out to play! In Dance with Me, a ballerina in a music box loves nothing more than to dance. In Patch and Ruby, Patch the pony is lonely; sometimes it feels as if he doesn't quite fit in. In The Great Sock Secret, Sarah's mother is tired of finding odd socks in the laundry basket. Where do all the missing socks go?
"Jones' artwork has a soft line, matter-of-factly combining the mundane with the fantastic. These fairies look like good fun, ready for some mischief, like taking command of all those missing socks ... Like Sarah, readers will breathe a sigh of relief when her mother abandons her search for the socks-and maybe they'll start peeking around for fairies in their own homes. (Picture book. 4-8)" Kirkus Reviews "The Great Sock Secret is a fun adventure into an imaginative world with cool fairies" School Days "This is an utterly charming story from the team that created the outstanding Don't Think About Purple Elephants that reminded me of The Borrowers by Mary Norton (and which would be a great read-together serial as a follow-on.) Like Sarah, the reader has to have sharp eyes to find what has happened to the socks because so much of the story is in the wonderful illustrations - a trait of perfect picture books in my opinion" The Bottom Shelf "I love how the fairies rule supreme in this toe-levelled view about one of the first world's most cryptic mysteries: where do all the odd socks go? Jones's eye-popping illustrations are phenomenal" Boomerang Books Blog "kids will love learning what really happens to these missing socks. The culprits are adorable little fairies beautifully drawn by Gwynneth Jones... The odd socks are used as a sleeping bag, shower curtain, toboggan and even a parachute. It's wonderful to see the beautiful drawings bring this story to life. After reading this book, kids will be searching around their house looking for fairies." The Mummy Project "The Great Sock Secret works on several simultaneous levels. While offering a fun-filled bed-time tale that is sure to fill little minds with happy dreams, there is also an element of seek and find to every page. How many uses for socks can you find? Which sock use do you think is the most ingenious? Where else could a missing sock go? Which fairy do you like best? Gwyneth Jones's adorable illustrations includes a Rastafarian, complete with dreadlocks and colourful beanie - my personal favourite." Kids' Book Review "The Great Sock Secret is a wonderfully fun adventure into an imaginative world that's home to some very cool fairies. You'll never look at your socks the same way again! " The Haven Magazine "Here's the thing about this book: it's joyous. This very simple, funny story is brought to life with the accompanying illustrations. Rich in colour, the pages are filled with fairies going about their daily business with their pilfered socks, while Sarah distracts her mother. The pages hold different, funny sock activities that will prove a hit with kids. Sarah herself is a child of colour, something I, personally, can appreciate - illustrations that embrace diversity" Reading Time "The Great Sock Secret is wonderfully fun adventure into an imaginative world that's home to some very cool fairies." Parents in Touch "A story that will tickle young imaginations." -- Sandy Fussell Books: The Great Sock Secret "The Great Sock Secret" is a delightful fantasy story with solid roots in an enlightened universe, particularly enjoyable for children. Very highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for ages 8 to 12.
Gwynneth Jones drew all through her maths book at school, so left to study art at TAFE and then majored in Plant and Wildlife Illustration at the University of Newcastle. Since then, Gwynneth has been imagining and drawing madly, exhibiting and holding market stalls, and creating picture books. Susan Whelan is a writer, editor, mother of three and passionate advocate for children's literacy. She's also the Managing Editor of highly respected children's literature website Kids' Book Review. She loves tea and chocolate, dislikes Brussels sprouts, and loves to read anywhere, anytime.