Zen Socks

by Jon J Muth, Illustrated By Jon J Muth

Scholastic Press
October 2015

Ages 4 – 7 . Grades PreK – 2

Library of Congress: 2014022423

Lexile measure: AD520L

On life's journey...kindness is the key.

Leo and Molly love their new neighborhood. Most of all they love their friend Stillwater. The three friends are quite a team! From Caldecott Honoree Jon J Muth comes a story about sharing, another about patience, and a third about compassion. With warmth and fun, they learn from one another in the most surprising ways....
Jon J Muth

Jon J Muth, renowned in the world of graphic novels, won an Eisner Award for his paintings in the graphic novel, The Mystery Play by Grant Morrison. He’s partnered with Neil Gaiman on The Sandman: The Wake, Walter and Louise Simonson on Havoc & Wolverine: Meltdown, and J. M. DeMatteis on Moonshadow and Silver Surfer. His enchanting picture books include his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts and four companion books featuring Stillwater the Panda. His book The Three Questions, based on a short story by Tolstoy, was called "quietly life-changing" by the New York Times Book Review. And the Horn Book called Jon's Stone Soup "delicious and satisfying." His exquisitely beautiful books have been translated into more than 15 languages and are cherished by readers of all ages. Jon lives in New York State with his wife and their four children.


  • Praise for Zen Socks

    * "Strikingly beautiful, and...perennially charming." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "Lessons of patience, compassion, and sharing, delivered gently." -- Kirkus Reviews

    Praise for Hi, Koo!

    * "It's a joyous addendum to the Stillwater books, and it overflows with the same characteristic tenderness." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

    * "Yields huge effect; in a word, magical." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    "Even readers who are not typically interested in poetry will be captivated by Muth's artistry in both words and images." --School Library Journal

    Praise for Zen Shorts

    A Caldecott Honor Book

    "Appealing enough for a group read-aloud, but also begging to be shared and discussed by caregiver and child, Zen Shorts is a notable achievement." --School Library Journal

    * "Both an accessible, strikingly illustrated story and a thought-provoking meditation." --Booklist, starred review

    Praise for The Three Questions

    "Quietly life-changing." --The New York Times Book Review



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545166690

40pp. | 10-½ x 11