Fox in Sox

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Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media
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Seuss takes your tongue and ties it into knots.

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What 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.

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Adult Written bySpiff April 9, 2008
Wonderful classic for all ages (but quite a tongue-twister!) My daughter loves it!
Teen, 15 years old Written byBooks0 July 18, 2020


It’s an amazing book but it is very challenging to read. I recommend you use it as a reward for your kid reading, because they will get obsessed and you will gr... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 November 18, 2010

A Tweedle Beetle Paddle Muddle (or something like that)

It's a fun but very tongue twisting book. I still have a hard time saying, "Luke's duck likes licking lakes" or "a tweedle beetle battl... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about tongue twisters. What makes a good tongue twister? Can you make up your own tongue twister?

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