Ozzy Ox Stands Against Socks

Children - Picture Book
34 Pages
Reviewed on 11/18/2023
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Author Biography

Callen Kropp is a North Dakota author whose family has raised bison (a cousin of the oxen family!) for decades.  After a career in corporate communications in which she wrote every kind of article, feature story, editorial, column, and publication, she pursued her lifelong dream of writing books.  Adventures with her family, including children and grandchildren, provide unending inspiration for Callen's rhyming Ozzy Ox picturebook series.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite

Ozzy Ox Stands Against Socks is a children’s picture book written by Callen Kropp with illustrations by Emily Erickson Hagen. During the winter, the oxen in the land of Ox dress in warm clothes to protect themselves from the cold weather. Unfortunately, little Ozzy does not like putting on socks, even when his mother insists that they will keep his hooves warm. Ozzy tells her that socks are tight and finding a matching pair is troublesome. He thinks his 'boofs' are enough to protect his hooves from the snow. Ozzy and his mother discuss this at length and decide to try out the weather. Who is right; Ozzy or his mother? Grab a copy of this book to find out.

Ozzy Ox Stands Against Socks is a cute and entertaining story that teaches children to listen to other people's opinions. Everyone has an idea they think is correct, but we have to be open to the possibility that we might be wrong, which is how we grow and mature. Callen Kropp does an outstanding job of conveying this message in a way that children will understand. The author has created unique words for the story, like boofs, showcasing his creative talent. Ozzy is an adorable, stubborn calf that many kids will relate to. His personality was evident in his body language and expressions, which can be seen in the colorful and eye-catching illustrations. The art also contains Christmas themes that make this a great holiday read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn or teach their children about the importance of listening to other people's views.


The entire Ozzy Ox series is so fun to read! This one is a winter favorite. I love the banter between mother and son ox and the rhyming keeps everyone engaged. This is a book that is great for both the child and the adult. Must read with your family!