The Sock Thief: A Soccer Story

Ana Crespo (Author) Nana Gonzales (Illustrator)


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.

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Albert Whitman & Company
Publish Date
March 01, 2015
10.9 X 0.4 X 8.6 inches | 0.83 pounds

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About the Author

Ana Crespo is originally from Brazil and has lived in the USA for 15 years. She has worked as an academic advisor and as a translator before investing in a career as a writer. This is her first book in English. Nana Gonzales has illustrated several children's books. As a child, she often carried around a pencil and paper so that she could draw for her family and friends. She lives in Argentina with her husband and his son.


"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, February 1, 2015
"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, December 15, 2014
"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, June 1, 2015