Socks

Narrated by: Neil Patrick Harris
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (176 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Both children and adults with roar with laughter." (School Library Journal)

Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary charms listeners with yet another lovable character - Socks, a jealous cat who must learn to share his owners with their new baby. This chapter book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 5 to 7. It's a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement for activity books for children.

Socks is one happy cat. He lives the good life with his affectionate owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bricker. Ever since the day they saved him from a life spent in a mailbox drop slot, Socks has been the center of their world. And he always has everything he needs - tasty kitty treats and all the lap room he could want!

But when a new baby arrives, suddenly the Brickers have less and less time for Socks. Little Charles William is the one getting all the attention. Socks feels left out - and to show it, he starts getting into all sorts of trouble! What will it take to make Socks realize just how much the Brickers care about him?

©1973 Beverly Cleary (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This is a hilarious book by Beverly Cleary...and Neil Patrick Harris does a slam-bang job of presenting it....Both children and adults will roar with laughter." (School Library Journal)
"Younger listeners (who may themselves feel misunderstood by the big people in their lives, especially after the arrival of a new sibling) will especially appreciate this perspective. Parents listening along will enjoy Cleary's sharp and humorous insights into family life." (AudioFile)

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An amusing fun book

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I really enjoyed this audible. the story was interesting and the way the person read it made it interesting.

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It's cute funny and the characters are lovable I feel bad for socks but he's adorable. I love socks he's funny and brave like our cat. Thanks for making it fun for readers.

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A childhood favorite <br />

A cat's eye view of life, this story spans a feline lifetime. From humble beginnings as a "free kitten for sale" through all the trials and triumphs of life among the humans; Socks will win your heart.

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Adored By My Six-Year-Old Twins...

This audiobook was a big hit for my first grade twin boys! Each of my sons has very different interests and finding an audiobook that both can agree on is challenging at times. This one not only resulted unanimous approval, but also some belly laughs. A win-win! Neil Patrick Harris is definitely a household name!

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Sweet but slow story

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The adults liked this one, but the 5 and 7 year old got bored!

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Great listen for all

Really good book to listen to in the car with the family. My boys loved to hear this one over and over again. Great narration and, of course, great story about a cat and all his funny escapades in life from a kitten to the introduction of a new baby in the household.

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My Daughter Loves This

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I got this book for my daughter mainly because she already had the Henry Huggins collection and fell in love with how Neil Patrick Harris reads it. He does a great job on this book too. My daughter is a big audio reader and she gives this a two thumbs up. Good story and great reader!

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Great for kids or cat owners

Told from the kitty's point of view, Beverly Cleary really nailed the thoughts and emotions of a cat. Perfect for children with pets in the family, because by revealing that animals can have similar feelings, it helps them develop empathy for their furry friends. My guilty secret? I have to admit that, as a cat person, I love it too.

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Socks does funny things

I am a 7 year old boy. I really liked listening to this book. It's about a cat named Socks and his owners sell him to another family and after a while the family has a baby and it's really funny after that.

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