A lost sock is vexing for Fox, who is looking for its match.
Fox’s friend Ox tries to help, producing a variety of socks very different from the polka-dot blue version Fox is wearing. Undaunted, Ox lifts a truck full of socks and empties its contents in assorted colors, still finding no match. Finally Ox appears with an exact match on his head, causing Fox to joyously shout, “YOU FOUND MY SOCK!…IT’S ON YOUR HEAD!” But Ox says it’s really a hat that’s perfectly structured to fit his head and store all his oranges, which he cannot place in his pockets because he doesn’t wear pants. What? The absurdity of Ox’s response elicits an empathetic reaction from Fox, who relents to his friend’s unusual vision and gives him the matching sock/hat, resolving to make use of all the unmatched socks Ox provided. Now if Fox can only find his other shoe. Black-outlined cartoon figures created with brush pen and Photoshop depict Fox with a hexagonal head, triangle body, and diamond tail and Ox with a semicircular body, square head, and circular snout (his almost ever present smile curves up in pleasing complementarity to his humped back). The text is simple, suitable for both independent reading and as a read-aloud for small groups.
Compassionate friendship is demonstrated by two very different yet amiable companions in this amusing scenario. (Picture book. 3-5)