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The Children’s Book Review
Written and Illustrated by Michelle Bulriss
Age Range: 4 and up
Paperback: 33 pages
What to expect: A missing sock and an exploration of emotions
A lost magical lobster sock, a range of emotions, and a kind cat are what you’ll find in this fun, colorful picture book that is bound to inspire conversations.
The story begins with an older woman who loves to knit and her magical ball of bright red yarn. She knits her granddaughter Emily a pair of enchanted lobster socks and mails them to her. Quite the opposite from one another, Sebastian sock is a pessimist and Lola sock is an optimist—still, the pair are very best friends. On the day that Emily takes them to the laundromat to be cleaned, they meet Bubbles the cat. But what started out as a good day becomes a terrible day when Lola falls out of the basket on the way home and becomes a missing sock. Emily and Sebastian are devastated—will they ever find their magical sock friend?
Author-Illustrator Michelle Bulriss has taken the familiar and jazzed it up with a magical essence that young readers will appreciate. From the loving, intergenerational relationship between grandmother and granddaughter to the mundane laundry experience that leads to a missing sock, the magical, talking lobster socks brighten the pages with joy and humor. The story provides a safe place to examine a full gamut of emotions and aids discussion with words such as denial, bargaining, anger, depression, and acceptance. Sebastian’s sock-face expressions provide visual clues and help bring meaning to his intensified feelings.
Sock Lobsters is an entertaining story that is bound to be enjoyed by readers ages four and up.
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About the Author
Michelle Bulriss lives in Tempe, Arizona with her fiancé, Landon, and her best friend Bubbles. She teaches college students at GCU and works with a little girl named Emily. She loves art, music, and books. One day, she wants to save the world.
To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/socklobstersthebook/.
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Lovely article on Michelle Bulriss’ new children’s book and personal background. I highly recommend looking into getting your hands on a copy for the young, upcoming readers out there!