Thursday, August 25, 2011

Socks for Supper

Socks for Supper
Jack Kent ~ Parents' Magazine Press, 1978


Haven't featured Jack Kent since February, and as those who've read here for a while know, he's a hometown boy and one of my faves. Can never EVER have enough Kent.

The colors. The lines. The slapstick fun.

Always a good time to be had in his pages. Here, we have a somewhat-Christmas story. It's a wee bit like The Gift of the Mag, but with way more piss and vinegar.

In a faraway place in a long-ago time there lived an old man and his wife. They were very poor. All they had was a tumble-down house and a tiny turnip garden.

One day, he said to his wife, "One can get tired of eating nothing but turnips."


Truer words have never been spoken. When the two get a hankering for the milk -- and ultimately, the cheese products -- produced by a cow down the lane, they, quite literally, sell the shirts off their backs to get some. Just when the man thinks he might spend the winter in his half-birthday suit, the miracle of re-gifting occurs and all is right with the world.

Love love love love all things Jack Kent, including this book and the very air the man breathed.

Genius.

Also by:
Jack Kent's Twelve Days of Christmas
I Was Walking Down the Road
The Grown-Up Day
The Fox and the Crow
The Biggest Shadow in the Zoo
The Animobile Book
Jack Kent's Book of Nursery Tales
Dooly and the Snortsnoot
Mr. Meebles
Cindy Lou and the Witch's Dog
Clotilda
The Blah
Jack Kent's Valentine Sticker Book
The Bremen-town Musicians
Round Robin
Just Only John
Fly Away Home
Fat Cat
Piggy Bank Gonzales

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2 comments:

Kristie said...

My parents have this book and used to read it to me when I was little...good memories! :-)

Carin Siegfried said...

Love this book! Another gem from my childhood that I had completely forgotten about. Thanks for the reminder!

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