Review + Giveaway: The Sockkids Say NO to Bullying

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour for the children’s book The SockKids Say NO to Bullying, written by Michael John Sullivan and illustrated by Alexandra Gold. The tour will run from July 18 – August 15, 2016.5275020

About the Book

3318808 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 amazon2

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.

Take a look inside the book…


The Skinny

Sudsy and Wooly go to school with Ethan, where he is excited to talk to new student Olivia about the book they are both reading. With a ragtag group of tough boy bullies, Ethan is embarrassed to talk to Olivia. With the help of Sudsy and Wooly, Ethan overcomes his fear and Olivia rescues his destroyed book. They quickly bond over Olivia’s newness and Ethan invites her to hang out with his friends, who try to help others. Together Ethan and his friends welcome Olivia to their school.

The Players

Rainbow – the loving mother sock. multi-colored

Sudsy – the adventurous son, green and orange

Sunni – Sudsy’s giggly baby sister

Wooly – Sudsy’s shy brother

Ethan – Sudsy’s human

Olivia – the new girl at Ethan’s school

The Quote

“No. 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.”

The Highs and Lows

  • Anti-bullying. This book has a social focus: tips to prevent bullying, and what to do in a situation when you or a friend are bullied. It is very simple for younger readers to understand.
  • Important Lessons. This short and sweet book has several important lessons, including bullying, working together, and staying safe. It shows two types of situations and what to do in each to be helpful.
  • The SockKids. The socks are so incredibly cute and supportive. I liked the scene when Olivia tries to rescue the cat with Wooly, who is nervous, and Sudsy calls up encouragement.
  • Sudsy. I’m not sure what his name was supposed to be. It starts out Sudsy, then at school changes to stretch, and then turns back to Sudsy. Any editor should have easily picked up on this mistake.

The Take-Away

I can easily see this short and simplistic story for younger audiences turned into animated shorts. I hope there are more to come from the SockKids.

Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip? 

For teachers in the younger grades and parents, I recommend buying this one to keep around to help teach those important life lessons.

About the Author

172142122 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 Sullivan has written articles about the plight of homelessness for, The Washington,, the Huffington Post, and America Online’s service.

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10 thoughts on “Review + Giveaway: The Sockkids Say NO to Bullying

  1. Thank you for taking part in the blog tour and for sharing your review. I agree that The Sockkids Say NO to Bullying would make a great edition to elementary school classrooms.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to review our book. Yes, Stretch should be Sudsy on page 11. This was corrected. However, I screwed this up by sending the wrong PDF to the printer. I think you can imagine the awful feeling that went through me that 2,500 books were printed with this awful error. I apologize to you and the readers.
    It will be corrected for the next edition.

    Again, I am sorry.

  3. I enjoyed the first Sock Kids book about meeting Abraham Lincoln. Will look forward to checking this one out sometime! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on this week!

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