Saturday, April 12, 2008

Astro Socks by Leigh M. Le Creux

If your child is looking for a fun, imaginative and inspiring read, then he doesn't have to look any further than Astro Socks by Leigh M. Le Creux.

Young Christopher wants to figure out a solution to a problem: how can he keep his baby sister Rachel's socks from falling off? He thinks about these socks, he draws pictures about these socks, he cuts them up to figure out what they're made of and how they compare to his socks. Maybe ribbons will work, or velcro, or buttons. But each idea ends in failure. A thrown pen and an email to a company in Florida turns Chris into a young inventor and he gets to live his dream and achieve what he thought was impossible.

I loved this book because it's really a fun and ingenious way to teach young people to reach for their dreams. The reader gets to experience Chris's adventures, his analytical nature, his frustrations, and his excitement while gently being encouraged to make their dreams come true.

The book could have used another set of editorial eyes, as there were a few missing words and some typographical errors. During one email exchange, the wrong last name was used when addressing the main character. But I doubt many young people will notice these things.

Astro Socks is sure to be a hit with your child. I look forward to the next book by Leigh M. Le Creux.

Title: Astro Socks
Author: Leigh M. Le Creux
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-595-46375-6
U.S. Price $9.95

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