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Smitten: A Lint-Free Love Story

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by David Gordon
     
 

Sock and Mitten are both lost singles in a city full of pairs. Mitten is a left without her right. Sock is neither left nor right, but he knows how she feels. They set off on an adventure to find their other halves. But what they find instead is something much, much better: each other.  See more details below

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Sock and Mitten are both lost singles in a city full of pairs. Mitten is a left without her right. Sock is neither left nor right, but he knows how she feels. They set off on an adventure to find their other halves. But what they find instead is something much, much better: each other.

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Publishers Weekly

Gordon's (Hansel and Diesel) story of a stray sock and a lost mitten that meet in the big city and discover they're the perfect match has oodles of promise-along with a clever portmanteau title. The slickly imagined digital pictures have the familiar appeal of Pixar features (Gordon has worked on some of that studio's most popular movies), and the artist is especially good at infusing the metropolitan environments with drama, as scenes in a Laundromat or a subway tunnel show. In ingenious tests of Sock and Mitten's relationship, Sock shrinks in the wash, and Mitten gets unraveled by a speeding subway train. The text, however, often explains what's already clear from the pictures ("They made their way out to the sidewalk. Sock was so tiny that he fell behind") or adds detail that doesn't advance the plot. As adroitly sketched out as the concept is, it still reads more like a premise than a full treatment. Ages 4-8. (Dec.)

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Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
This unique tale comes complete with front cover billing as "A lint-free love story." The author's ability to present humor and think outside the box is evident when he chooses a sock and a mitten for leads in a love story. The delightful tale tells how the two meet and their concepts of each other. The reader is swept along as they encounter various adventures with one or the other escaping trampling feet, being flipped into the air, smelling badly, and going through the washer and dryer in the laundromat. When they fall into a city grate, nearly get crushed by a subway train, and mitten unravels, it is almost too much. However, their friendship overcomes adversity and they realize they are the perfect pair. The author employs an excellent active voice throughout. A bright cover adds to the text. So do inside illustrations that are presented from interesting viewpoints. Gordon's other books include The Three Little Rigs, Ugly Truckling, and Hansel and Deisel. In addition, he has contributed to the Sponge Bob Square Pants show and several movies. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- A forgotten pink mitten and a lone blue sock meet on a city sidewalk in this picture book about friendship and adventure. Mitten, who is stuck atop a fence post, sees a sock fall out of a laundry basket being carried by a passerby. Both lost and lonely, Mitten and Sock set off together to find their other halves. After a harrowing experience with a trash can, they sneak into a closed Laundromat to get clean. Sock, who is made from wool, shrinks in the dryer; back outside, he is grabbed by two dogs that tug and stretch him to his natural size. As he recovers, the friends fall down a grate and Mitten is unraveled by a passing subway train. Sock carefully carries the pile of pink yarn to a knitting shop where he works all night stitching her back to her familiar form. Mitten and Sock finally realize that they have found their missing halves in each other; they hug, and "from then on they were... smitten." The cheery computer-generated cartoons will appeal to younger children, while the humor, wordplay, and themes will attract older readers. Gordon balances colorful spreads with ample white space, and the personified garments are engaging. This fast-paced tale will make a fine addition to story programs and is perfect for family sharing.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416924401
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
12/26/2007
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
542,008
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David Gordon has done visual development for numerous production companies from Lucasfilm to Pixar, including Toy Story; Monsters, Inc.; A Bug’s Life; Cars; BlueSky’s Robots; and Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. He’s also written and illustrated several picture books, among them Hansel and Diesel, The Three Little Rigs, The Ugly Truckling, and Smitten. He’s one of the illustrators of Jon Scieszka’s fifty-two-book, New York Times bestselling series, Trucktown. Visit him at IllustratorRanch.com.

David Gordon has done visual development for numerous production companies from Lucasfilm to Pixar, including Toy Story; Monsters, Inc.; A Bug’s Life; Cars; BlueSky’s Robots; and Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. He’s also written and illustrated several picture books, among them Hansel and Diesel, The Three Little Rigs, The Ugly Truckling, and Smitten. He’s one of the illustrators of Jon Scieszka’s fifty-two-book, New York Times bestselling series, Trucktown. Visit him at IllustratorRanch.com.

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Smitten: A Lint-Free Love Story 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Marsgirl76 More than 1 year ago
My son and I both love this story! A very cute story about one lost mitten and one lost sock and the journey they go on together.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I am a bit too old to read children's pictures books I Love how cute this book is and recommend you read it:)
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Mittens and socks always come in pairs. I've yet to be able to purchase only one mitten or one sock, even though my dryer has a bad habit of eating only one at a time!

In SMITTEN, a lost mitten atop a fence and a lonely sock dropped from a laundry basket set about on a quest to find their missing partners.

When the trampling feet of school children, a trip into a waste basket, two dogs, and a subway train get through with them, neither mitten nor sock are looking or feeling their best.

Fortunately, after a trip through the washer and dryer and a visit to a knitting store (and the aid of a helpful how-to book), both mitten and sock are almost as good as new.

And each has found the perfect pair -- in one another!

This is a truly delightful bedtime story, or a book perfect for a beginning reader. After turning the last page, you can't help but be smitten yourself!