What Readers Say about Sock Talk:
When a friend hosted a birthday party for me two years ago, I asked all the guests to display their creative skills. When it was Judy’s turn, she read her poem Sock Talk. “Oh Judy you must, absolutely must, publish that work, it is exceptional!” we told her. Much later, I met Isidro, the illustrator, at the Ajijic plaza and was astounded with the quality of his drawings, not yet in color. “Who should the Aunt look like? he asked Judy. “Like her,” she said, pointing to me. So I became to model for Aunt Knox. See those socks and sandals Aunt Knox is wearing? Those are mine.
When you go to buy this book, make certain you read it through and I will make a bet with you that you will think of at least one more person who would value your gift. Such beautiful sounds (best when read aloud) and the boldness and brilliance of the illustrations complete the story. Isidro and Judy make a perfect team. Each picture and word makes us want to turn the page. And who amongst us does not like a happy ending?
One year I told all our children, “You will not be getting much for Christmas. We are spending all our money on the trip to Jackson Hole to go skiing.” They didn’t believe me until each opened a package of socks. Maybe some of you have received a gift that has disappointed you at the time but later were the recipient of a special gift.
Judy is well known throughout the Lake Side area as one of our finest writers and artists. This book is one of her finest works. –Rosemary Dineen, Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
This book knocked my socks off! Sock Talk pulled me back into my childhood experiences with a crazy grandmother and her gift-giving choices, only this well-crafted poem by Judy Dykstra-Brown was of a zany great aunt visiting her loved ones. My granddaughter immediately picked up the book and read it out loud to all of us and it not only took on a melody of it’s own but it unfolded a truly remarkable story of anticipation and the expectations we all experience when opening wrapped gifts on special occasions. The illustrations by Isidro Xilonzochitl were the gilded ribbons on this gift of Sock Talk. The pages came alive with beautifully painted images of what seemed like traditional family Christmas scenes but with little twists of surprising details such as a great aunt in Birkenstock sandals and a father in a goatee and a ponytail. This will definitely become an annual read in our family as well as a gift to give to others. –Sharon Wheat, Berkeley, CA
My copies of SOCK TALK arrived and I’m anxious to share them with my grandchildren. The rhyme, illustrations, and font are most appealing. I recommend this to all my friends with grandchildren, no matter what age.—Patty Martin, Sheridan, Wy
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