Socks On the Loose

Children - Picture Book
35 Pages
Reviewed on 06/29/2020
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Author Biography

I'm a retired teacher who loves to read, write, and travel. I have three cats, one of whom is Socks. He was my inspiration for Socks on the Loose. The second book in the series will come out near Christmas.

    Book Review

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.

Bill Nicks

I just finished reading Mrs. Collins book for the 3rd time and enjoyed is as much as the 1st. It's a children's book for true cat lovers. The story is about the adventures or misadventures of a house cat named "Socks". You travel along thru the thoughts and voice of this feline as he "meow" at the Human and talks with, Monk, Tig and even The Mean Sister on his journey.

The illustrations of which there are many, are well done and will hold the attention of your audience. Each scene is a comic strip painting in it own right. Lots of color and action on each page, your listeners will be wide-eyed as you read this wonderful story aloud to a classroom or your own kids.

Another nice creative touch by the author is that the text of the book is color-coded based on who is speaking or what action is taking place. This is a great tool for children just learning to read.

Melanie writing is funny and insightful . She successfully answers the age old question, "What are our pets really thinking ", as we spend some time traveling thru the mind of her "Socks Muffin". he's story is full of twist and turns and chuckle moments, as the "Socks Dude", is truly on the loose.

My grand kids and I look forward to hearing more from Socks and his cast of characters in the future .
Mrs Collins book is truly an enjoyable read.

A Socks Fan :)

"Read it again, read it again!" No better review could ever be written. Well done, Ms. Collins.