A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
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 go in two directions: It can stimulate the funny bone and so increase the pleasure in words, or it can frustrate; in this case, mirth is more likely than muttering. Particularly 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.