Susan Whelan (text), Gwynneth Jones (illus.), The Great Sock Secret, EK Books/Exisle Publishing, 1 Oct 2016, 32pp., $19.99 (hbk), ISBN: 9781925335248
Here’s the thing about this book: it’s joyous. I don’t think I stopped smiling once I started reading. The Great Sock Secret takes on one of the world’s deepest secrets: where do missing socks go? You know the feeling, when you’re looking for a matching pair and there’s only one of the pair to be found? Well, (spoiler) the Great Sock Secret is that fairies steal them!
We follow the utterly adorable Sarah as she trails her mum through the house trying to find all the mismatched socks. Sarah, of course, is in on the secret and valiantly tries to protect the socks and the fairies while distracting her mother as they use the socks as hammocks or have a sock race.
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.
There is so much to discover within its pages, that reading this will, I promise, be a fun-filled experience for you and whoever you are reading it to.
Reviewed by Verushka Byrow