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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Socks on the Loose is a children’s tale written by Melanie Collins and illustrated by Saba Ijaz. Socks is a playful and inquisitive domestic house cat who lives with his humans and overbearing, bullying feline sister. When Socks plays, he is careful not to wake his sleeping sibling as he delights in the peace that comes when she is slumbering. Socks fears the strange and noisy vacuum cleaner that moves around on its own. When Socks falls asleep, he pictures himself in the jungle making new friends. At first, it is fun, but soon enough Socks realizes jungle animals can be quite terrifying - so terrifying that when he wakes, Socks is relieved to see his sister about to strike.
I could not help but smile my way through this delightful children’s tale. As a cat mama myself, I was easily able to picture the frivolities and playful delights as Socks made his way through the day. Melanie Collins has a gift for writing tales that are close to the heart of animal lovers both young and old and the wonderful illustrations by Saba Ijaz brought each word to life. This wonderful story not only shows the playful nature of cats but also shows that their playfulness does not cease when they slumber. I believe that children aged from four to ten (and all cat lovers) will not only embrace the tale but also will appreciate the smaller details of a pet, should they become pet parents of their own. I found Socks on the Loose to be extremely entertaining, enlightening, and a story that can bring a smile to your face even on a dark day. I look forward to reading more from Melanie Collins in the future.