Fox in Sox

 
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Seuss takes your tongue and ties it into knots.

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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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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.

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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.

Families can talk about...

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

Book details

Author:Dr. Seuss
Illustrator:Dr. Seuss
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:January 12, 1965
Number of pages:64
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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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 battle paddle muddle" (i forget what it was exactly). The only concern here is that you'll have a hard time saying the words!
Adult Written bySpiff April 9, 2008
 
Wonderful classic for all ages (but quite a tongue-twister!) My daughter loves it!

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