We chose this book for Catharina Valckx’s storytelling orginality and humour, and for her perfectly timed celebration of the absurd within the everyday.

Julia Marshall, Publisher

Lisette’s Green Sock


Lisette’s Green Sock is a springtime fresh picture book about how socks, like friends, are always best in pairs.

Written by Catharina Valckx

Translated by Antony Shugaar


  • Description

    One day Lisette finds a pretty green sock. She’s delighted, until some bullies begin to tease her: socks should come in pairs; what use is one sock?
    Lisette searches and searches, but she cannot find the sock’s missing mate. Fortunately, her friend Bert helps her see the situation in a new way. And together they come upon the perfect solution in this ingenious story about how socks, like friends, are always best in pairs.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin France
    Reader Age 2-5 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Armadillo Magazine

      Lisette’s Green Sock is a charming story, beautifully illustrated, and the young reader can be glad that the bullies do not win after all.

    2. Red Reading Hub

      A charmer of a book with lively, expressive watercolour illustrations; it’s just right for sharing with a nursery or reception class, or with one child.

    3. English Association

      This is a simple story with charming illustrations. It offers opportunities to think about friendship, happiness, changing perspectives, how to respond to bullies, making the most of what you have, being yourself and recycling. Ideal for sharing.

    4. INIS Magazine

      Valckx has written about the creative power of art and narrative, how it encourages children to explore who they are and have fun at the same time. Her illustrations have a clear function in her books – to make the story come to life – and this is exactly what she achieves here. Lisette is a beautiful character, drawing the reader into her world and her quest to find the missing sock, and her friendship with Bert is lovingly articulated…Even in this seemingly simple story, Valckx imbues Lisette’s discovery of the green sock with greater meaning: why should we conform to traditional ideas of how things are meant to be when we can find joy in ways we never imagined?…A gorgeous and delicate picturebook with a gentle and universal message about friendship, sharing and finding joy in the randomness of life.

    5. Poetry Box

      The simple illustrations are full of gorgeous life and the writing flows like honey.

    6. Bookwitch

      To learn to be happy with what you have. That’s what you find in this adorable picture book by Catharina Valckx.

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