4 out of 4 stars
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Regardless of what we think, emotions make us human. The ability to cry, laugh, feel depressed, and enjoy the moment is what makes us stand out from other creatures. However, some people think it's a crime to be vulnerable, and the protagonist of the book The Adventure of Sockboy by Karl "Ultrakarl" Cottle felt that way.
One morning, waking up from sleep, the boy thought of how cold his legs felt and rushed to cover them with his socks. Then suddenly, an idea occurred to him that, like his feet, he could also cover himself with a sock to shield himself from the world. He quickly made this big sock and this became his costume. He enjoyed this costume for a while, then he began noticing that he couldn't do things the way he previously did them. What he felt would be his comfort zone was the antithesis of anything comfortable. He is forced to learn the biggest lesson of his life.
Even though I'm an adult, coming across a children's book with such a powerful message is very fortunate. Unlike other children's books, the author went outside the norms to pass a powerful message with an interesting storyline. The book is very easy to read and decipher the message it contains. The vocabulary it contains is a very easy one to understand. This is the precise definition of what a children's book should be. The pictures were good, the storyline was magnificent, and I learned something touching while reading this book.
There wasn't even a single thing I could point out that the author did wrong. This is the perfect bedtime story for children. I won't blame children for being scared of getting vulnerable; rather, I will blame today's society, which calls for people to not express their emotions. Kids would learn from books like The Adventure of Sockboy that it is okay to feel things and express them. The author clearly illustrated that the saying "experience is the best teacher" can't be wrong. Sockboy learned how affectionate his mother's hugs can be after he missed them. We often don't value what we have until we lose it.
I can't see any reason to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars after all the positive things I mentioned earlier. I'd advise parents to get this book for their children. It is easier to catch them young, especially male children who are told that men are supposed to be superheroes and not be vulnerable. The book was exceptionally well edited. I'd be so pleased to read another work by this author.
The Adventure of Sockboy
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