What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that whether kids are reading this book to themselves or having it read to them, the read-aloud format keeps them hilariously on the hot seat. Wonderfully batty Seuss characters keep their eyes transfixed.
What's the story?
Dr. Seuss takes your tongue and ties it into a network of knots: "Who sews crow's clothes? / Sue sews crow's clothes. / Slow Joe Crow / sews whose clothes? / Sue's clothes." A good and queer company of Seuss characters take readers through the drill of verbal acrobatics that simply must--Seuss even orders it--be read aloud.
Is it any good?
Tongue twisting can twist in two directions: It can stimulate the funny bone and so increase the pleasure in words, or it can frustrate to the point where the twistee flings the book on the floor. In this case, mirth is more likely than muttering, especially when readers heed the cover warning: "This is a book you READ ALOUD to find out just how smart your tongue is. The first time you read it, don't go fast! This fox is a tricky fox. He'll try to get your tongue in trouble."
While Seuss gives your tongue a torquing, his artwork keeps your eyes firing on all eight cylinders. Deep colors heighten the effect of the wacky characters, who come in an array of Goo-Gooses, Bims and Bens (close relatives to the Cat in the Hat's mischievous henchmen, Thing One and Thing Two), tweetle beetles, and noodle-munching poodles.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about tongue twisters. What makes a good tongue twister? Can you make up your own tongue twister?