The Sock Thief

A Soccer Story

Brazilian boy Felipe wants to play soccer, but he doesn’t have a soccer ball. So, when it’s his turn to take one to school, he uses a little bit of creativity…and a few socks. Felipe is the sock thief, but finding socks is not that easy and the neighborhood pets make it even harder. “Au, au, au!” a dog barks in Portuguese. Felipe wonders if he’ll play soccer with his friends today or if he will be caught by a tattle-tale parrot? Along the way, Felipe leaves delicious mangoes in exchange for the socks he steals. After he swipes each pair, he twists and turns them into an ever-growing soccer ball. At the end of the day, he returns each pair of socks with a note to say thank you.

  • 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.5"
  • 9780807575383
  • March 2015

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  • Gonzalez paints with a boldness that gives life to the Brazilian setting, adding a little bounce to this futebol-themed picture book. A lively celebration of futebol, culture, and ingenuity.

    - School Library Journal

  • Poverty in Brazil probably isn’t as spotless as Gonzalez’s artwork implies, but the feeling of intimacy and decency is welcome. Crespo’s text has a mildly subversive touch—but in the service of the greater good, and it’s clear by the end that the whole neighborhood believes in that greater good.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Bright colors, rounded shapes, and the commentary of early-rising animals who witness Felipe’s pilfering add to the charm of the tale, and a glossary of Portuguese terms “you can learn and practice with your friends” extends the fun.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Awards & Accolades

  • 2016 International Latino Book Award: Best Latino Focused Children's Picture Book—Bilingual


    Nana Gonzales

    Common Core

    RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,7,10 RF.2.3,3d,3e,3f,4,4a,4c SL.2.1,1a,1b,1c,2,3,4,6 L.2.5,5a,5b,6 L.2.1,1a,1b,1d,2,3,4,4a,4e W.2.1,2,3,5,7,8


    • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
    • ATOS Level: 2.8