K-Gr 3 Reminiscent of Norton's ``Borrowers'' (HBJ), the Socksnatchers are plump little potato-nosed people about the size of cats who live in the Perkins' cellar and who steal single dirty socks to use for clothing, bedding, and their favorite dish, smelly sock soup. Mama is crying because young Abner has done the unforgivable by taking a whole pair of non-nutritious clean socks, which is stealing rather than sharing. The Perkins' cat, finding the cellar door open, rushes in to attack them. It is beaten back, and life returns to normal, with the Perkins family still puzzling over the mystery of why one sock always seems to get lost, and the Socksnatchers snug and full of soup. The text is mannered, opening with a series of questions and answers and then changing to exclamatory narrative, making the story more suited to telling aloud than reading alone. The watercolor illustrations are crisply and cleverly done, alive with humorous and imaginative detail and depicting the members of both families with expressive vitality. Patricia Pearl, First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, Va.