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Keep your socks on, Albert!
Glaser, Linda.
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First edition.
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New York : Dutton Children's Books, [1992]

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46 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Adventures of a young brother and sister who enjoy each other but can't resist teasing.
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Adventures of a young brother and sister who enjoy each other but can't resist teasing.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 1. Albert the opossum is sad because his sailboat sock is missing, so his sister, Shirley, distracts him with a scary story. Albert doesn't like scary stories, especially this one about Scared Albert and an ugly zwibi who lived in the closet. But as a result of the tale, he finds his sock--in Shirley's closet. Later, at the park, Shirley destroys Albert's sand mountain looking for her stuffed monkey (which she's sitting on), and Albert decides it's time for him to tell a funny story about someone named Sneaky Shirley. Told in five short chapters with an appealing balance of text and illustrations, the simple chapter book will delight children, especially those who must contend with an exasperating sibling. Well matched to the text, the softly colored illustrations portray just the right amount of action and emotion. ~--Karen Hutt

Publisher's Weekly Review

Albert the opossum is sad that one of his favorite socks is missing. To distract him, his sister Shirley tells her bereft sibling a scary story--``and just remember, it's only a story.'' The creative tale concerns a zwibi monster (`` Arggg. Snuffle. Arggg. '') who is hiding in Albert's closet. The terrified opossum asks his sister ``to help clean my closet--right away.'' The pair transfers some of Albert's junk to Shirley's immaculate closet, where Albert discovers his sister's stuffed monkey bandaged with the long-lost sock. After claiming it, he heads for the park with Shirley; now it is his turn to play raconteur and turn the tables on his ``sneaky opossum'' sister. The chapters here are only loosely connected, but Glaser depicts sibling antics and interaction with dead-on accuracy and wit. Dotted appealingly throughout the text, Ward's playful watercolor vignettes enliven this somewhat slow-paced easy reader. Ages 3-7. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- Five short sections in this easy-reader depict a day in the lives of two opossum siblings. Albert can't find his favorite sock and his feet are cold so Shirley tells a semiscary story about a closet monster to help him forget them. Eventually the sock turns up as a bandage on Shirley's stuffed monkey, Eli. Another adventure at the sandbox nearly buries Eli. When the monkey is found, he seems to have cold feet and so it is Albert's turn to tell a story. The older sister/younger brother disagreements and power struggles are realistically, if not very snappily, presented here. Ward's friendly watercolor, colored-pencil, and black-line illustrations of these humanlike creatures are sure to cause children to smile. --Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.