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Sock Monkey goes to Hollywood : a star is bathed
Bell, Cece.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
When Sock Monkey is nominated for an Oswald Award as Best Supporting Toy in a motion picture, his friends help make him clean enough to attend the ceremony.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 113892.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Little Books

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Calling all sock monkey fans! One-of-a-kind talent Cece Bell creates a quirky story like no other - a sudsy yarn about soaps and dreams, stardom, and good friends.

The famous toy actor, Sock Monkey, has been nominated for an Oswald Award. But to attend the ceremony, he must do something terrifying - he must take a bath. Yikes! Just the thought of bathing makes Sock Monkey dizzy with fear. Stinky soap! Icy water! Scratchy towels! Luckily, his three best pals - Miss Bunn, Froggie, and Blue Pig - know just what to do to help Sock Monkey become fresh and clean . . . and maybe win his very own Oswald! Bearing all the hallmarks of a cult classic, this heartening tale will have sock monkey stalwarts everywhere heaving a sigh of approval - and perhaps furtively jotting down recommended washing instructions.

Author Notes

Cece Bell lives in Virginia with the real-life Sock Monkey and his friends, as well as two dogs, and one husband. "Our Sock Monkey has never bathed in his life," she says. "One day I realized just how filthy he really is. So I thought I'd write a book about it. I knew the only thing that would inspire Sock Monkey to get clean would be something that appealed to his vanity, and receiving a big award was it!" Cece Bell likes to draw, paint her house funny colors, read books, and make stuff for her friends. Unlike Sock Monkey, she bathes frequently. This is Cece Bell's first book.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Those who resist laundering their plush toys (or bathing themselves) will appreciate Bell's imaginatively silly debut. In this mock Tinseltown saga, a smudged Sock Monkey tears open an invitation to an award ceremony. "He was a nominee for Best Supporting Toy in a motion picture!" But alas, the card stipulates that "Nominees must be clean." Sock Monkey dimly recalls being spotless once, but flashbacks show him nuzzling an ice cream cone, sliding into home plate and dancing in a mud puddle. Now, he fears washing. "A bath will make me nothing more than a blotchy, lumpy, shrunken monkey!" he says. His unsoiled friends, including Miss Bunn (a pink rabbit), Froggie and Blue Pig, gently urge him to lather in "the warm Simian Springs," rinse in "the perfectly pure Lilypad Pond" and dry on "the hot Sahara Sands." Bell uses smooth areas of color and jokey word balloons in her playful digital art. Sock Monkey's nubby weave, which goes from mottled gray-brown to distinct brown and white, becomes the focal point of every page. After her tongue-in-cheek description of Sock Monkey's spa treatment, the author pictures him in a tuxedo, walking down the red carpet on his noodly legs. In the Hollywood-ending tradition, she allows him to thank those who helped make his achievement possible. By turning the spotlight on a generic toy, Bell wittily calls attention to Sock Monkey's peers, the great unwashed. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Sock Monkey, a famous actor, has been nominated for Best Supporting Toy in a motion picture. However, the invitation states that in order to attend the "Oswald Awards," nominees must be clean. Long ago, the stuffed animal was spotless, but he has never taken a bath. Determined to attend the ceremony, he turns to his friends Miss Bunn, Froggie, and Blue Pig for help. Although the monkey does not win the award, he feels "prouder and cleaner than he had ever felt in his whole life" when he bounces up to the stage to receive "The Ichabod Thalburg Award" for the cleanest nominee. Parody abounds, although it's unlikely that the audience for this book will be able to appreciate most of it. (Other stars are nominated for their roles in: "Dirty Larry," "Kids, I Shrunk the Honey," and "Charlotte's Wet.") However, youngsters will recognize this ubiquitous toy and enjoy some of the visual humor in the computer art. A simple story with a Hollywood ending.-Olga R. Kuharets, Broward County Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.