ZADIE AND STRIPEY SOCKS

She packs her most important items in a bag, including a snorkel, binoculars and a piece of toast. But when she’s ready to leave, she realizes she’s missing something: one rainbow-striped sock. Zadie goes in search of him, faces family members who have angered her. Jack, who appears to be her brother, saw no socks. Maggie, who may be Zadie’s sister, says Zadie doesn’t have socks because “the strips aren’t hard.” At one point, she thinks she finds her dog chewing a sock, but when she realizes that the animal is damaging her brother’s shirt, not the sock, she leaves. Dad is too busy working in the garden to help and mom is calling too much. Zadie’s anger rises and grows, and she becomes more and more convinced that running is the right decision. That’s until she finally finds a younger brother and sister playing with her sock and remembers why the family isn’t bad. While Zadie’s anger is accessible and refreshing, she doesn’t seem to wonder how her interactions with family members are limited to selfishness and rudeness. The voice of the third-person narrative deftly balances sincerity and humor. In the illustrations, the brown-skinned Zadie family is depicted as an interracial, with a brown-skinned mom and a white-presenting dad.

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