Title: The Sockkids Say NO to Bullying
Authors: Michael John Sullivan and Shelley Larkin
Illustrator: Alexandra Gold
Genre: Children’s Picture Book/Social Issues
Number of Pages: 56
Publisher: Insider’s Report, Inc
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Available on Amazon
The SockKids focus on educating children and adults how bullying affects us all and what we can do about it.
Do you know where your socks go when they go missing in the washing machine? Well, the SockKids know! The SockKids are a mismatched family of socks that sometimes time travel through the spin cycle, teaching universal lessons of love and kindness, and focusing on creating a greater awareness of the many social issues that children are faced with today. The SockKids help to educate and encourage children from 2 to 92 to find solutions in helping to make this a better world.
In this story, Sudsy and Wooly discover their human is being bullied at school and team up against bullies with Ethan’s newest friend, Olivia. They discover bullying hurts everyone and staying silent is not an option.
More Inside! Children’s counselor and licensed therapist, Jamie Ross, gives adults and children guidelines on how to handle bullies.
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
The SockKids belong to a boy named Ethan who tries to fit in with the “in” crowd but they make fun of him because he likes to read. They even take his book and tear out a couple of pages and throw it away. When Ethan sees the new girl, Olivia, reading the same book he is reading, he really wants to talk to her but he’s torn because he doesn’t want them to make even more fun of him. Olivia gets the book out of the trash with the help of the SockKids and a new friendship is born.
After school, Ethan introduces Olivia to his friends Joey and Sarah. They all want to make a difference in the neighborhood in a positive way and today they work together to get a cat out of a tree. His friends also tell Ethan that he should report bullying or it won’t stop.
My favorite quote in the book is when Sudsy tells his brother Wooly, “There isn’t anything wrong with you just because you are different from others or have different interests. Every sock is different. We have different colors. We’re made of different fabric. We have different shapes and sizes. We even have different soap issues.” If only Sudsy could explain this to humans!
The authors take a difficult subject and, with a cute story and colorful pictures, are able to address the subject of bullying. This would be a good book to help bring awareness of bullying to children and also to help them understand that bullying is not okay and should be reported.
The second half of the book is How to Deal with Bullying by Jamie Ross, a licensed marriage and family counselor. She explains that education and awareness are important when it comes to bullying. Parents, teachers, and counselors should all know the warning signs as well as ways to deal with bullying. She also lists some actions that children can take if they’re being bullied.
I definitely recommend this book for both children and their parents.
About the Author
Michael John Sullivan is the creator of the SockKids. Constantly searching for his socks, he wondered whether the missing foot comforters had found another pair of feet to warm. Before his interest in socks, Sullivan started writing his first novel while homeless, riding a NYC subway train at night. Sullivan returned to his subway notes in 2007 and began writing Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness (Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books imprint). Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreak one of the year’s best in 2010. His second novel, Everybody’s Daughter (Fiction Studio Books, 2012) was named one of the best books of 2012 by TheExaminer.com. Sullivan has written articles about the plight of homelessness for CNN.com, The Washington Post.com, Beliefnet.com, the Huffington Post, and America Online’s Patch.com service.
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