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Fox in Socks (Beginner Books(R))

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  29,107 ratings  ·  751 reviews
A collection of tongue twisters that is "an amusing exercise for beginning readers."--Kirkus.
Library Binding, 72 pages
Published April 12th 1965 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1965)
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This is my favorite Dr. Suess book of all time. That’s because my mom couldn’t read it. I mean...she could read most of it. But when she got to the Bim bends Ben’s broom, she’d start tripping up. Then she’d start to laugh, and she laughed so hard a couple of times tears came to her eyes. I loved my mom’s laughter. Consequently, I used to pick up this book almost every night. I think she hid it for a while.

So can YOU read this out loud?

Bim comes.
Ben comes.
Bim brings Ben broom.
Ben brings Bim broo...more
This is one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. One of the best tongue twister books I've ever read. We've read it several times and for some reason the six sick part always messes me up. I'm pretty smooth up until then. The more I read out loud to my kids, the more I realize I read ahead. I see a word and digest it, then as I'm saying it out loud, I'm already reading the next couple of words. With this book, that's difficult to do, because I often have to go back a word or two because I've forgott...more
Peter Meredith
Because Mockingjay was so intellectually vapid and emotionally bland I have to work my way back into books. Thus: Fox in Socks! He's a clever fox you know.
The Seuss I read tonight...

I'm going to start reading this every night. And I'm going to time myself. My new goal in life is to always beat my previous best time. Ambitious, I know. I read it to my daughters 3 times tonight, each time faster than the last. What a rush.

I'll tell you what's messing me up... It's those brooms that Ben and Bim are carring around. They're REALLY bugging me.
Jul 29, 2008 Adam rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: worst enemy
Shelves: evil-kids-books
This is an evil kid's book, for sure. Pick it up and you'll be condemned to a near eternity of grueling tongue twisters. And your kid will love it... Not because it's one of Seuss's masterpieces, but because he or she will enjoy watching you sweat like a hog as you labor from page to page and go purple in the face while you silently (with any luck) curse yourself for buying the thing.

[shelf: evil-kids-books]
In Fox in Socks, Dr. Seuss poses a treacherous, but delightful linguistic challenge for adults and children alike. It is also the only work by the famous children's author prefaced with a warning: "This book is DANGEROUS!" Through a series of vignettes on diverse subjects, Dr. Seuss melds his trademark silliness with near-lethal tongue twisters, including a variant on the infamous "The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick."

Fox in Socks offers lots of opportunities for grownups. Read it in bed w...more
Margit Sage
Aug 03, 2013 Margit Sage rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Recommended to Margit by: I would guess my mom bought this one for me...
My favorite book, ever. When I was youngest, I would ask my brother to read it out loud to me. When I was older, I would read it to myself, trying to memorize the rhythmic poetry of the crazy fox's shenanigans. Maybe this is why there's a talking fox in my second novel? Hmm.... pieces of the puzzle fit together.
Anthony Eskridge
I have accomplished many amazing things in my life, and I will be honest, reading this book was one of the hardest of them! If you are up for the challenging rhymes of the AMAZING Dr.Seuss, than this book is for you!
Diana Godwin
Reading this book out loud is torture. Reading it 18 times in a row to a 3 year old is unspeakable. I think he wrote this book as a cruel prank toward parents.
Jan 16, 2008 Faith-Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every child
This book could be my childhood. I remember many evenings that my brother & I would choose "Fox in Socks" for our nightly bedtime read.
John Yelverton
Another great book from the brilliant mind of Dr. Seuss.
Lorna Beckwith
I have always enjoyed reading Dr Seuss, I read this with my little brothers the other day and we had a race on how could read aloud the fastes without being tongue tied! Dr Seuss is a word genius who uses the power of words and imagination to create a fun learning space. The story features a mischievous Fox who plays a game with Mr Knox embarking on a funny, frustrating, linguistical journey filled with tongue twisters. Dr Seuss fills his book full of poetic devices, humour and bright illustrati...more
Dr. Seuss is definitely the most brilliant children's writer who ever lived! And Fox in Socks is one of his most brilliant ever! It's about Fox in Socks and Knox in Box who try to outwit each other in tongue twisters. For someone like Dr. Seuss, you'd think that he would simplify these tongue twisters to make it more enjoyable for younger children below the age of 4, but nope... what makes Fox in Socks brilliant is that Seuss makes the tongue twisters confusing that even someone my age will say...more
Sam Gobbey
This book was REALLY hard, but luckily Mummy was there to help me read it. If you like to rhyme, then this is the book for you. It should make my song-writing even more fantastically good than it already is!!!!
"gooey goo for chewy chewing!
that's what that goo-goose is doing.
do you choose to chew goo,too sir?
If, sir, you, sir choose to chew, sir,
with the goo-goose, chew, sir. Do, sir."

"Luke luck likes lakes. "Duck takes licks in lakes
Luke's duck likes lakes. Luke luck likes.Luke luck takes
Luke luck licks lakes. licks in lakes duck likes"
Luke's duck licks lakes."

"I cant blab such
blibber blubber!!
my tongue isn't made
of rubber.
Mr. Knox. Now
come now.come now
you don't have to be so dumb now.........more
Shanna Gonzalez
This is a clever book full of tongue twisters, which can be enjoyed as an easy reader or as a read-aloud. The fox plies his friend Mr. Knox with tongue twisters (each accompanied by a funny illustrated scene) and Knox refuses to try them, but in the end Mr. Knox bests the fox at his own game. Children will enjoy playing with these silly words and silly scenes, all of which are defined by the easy reader's limited vocabulary. It's lots of fun, and this kind of wordplay may help open the mind to a...more
I normally don't put children's books on this list, but this is one of my favorite books to read to kids. Never mind that it is usually not my kids' favorite to have me read.

The rhymes and tongue twisters in this story are great, and if you pay less attention to the meaning of the words and more to the sounds they make, particularly in the combinations Dr. Seuss creates with them, you can appreciate his true genius. I still haven't figured out how to say the words of the entire book in a way tha...more
On its own terms, as a young children's "beginning to read" book, this rates 5 stars.

I read it numerous times to my sons when they were little and it was always a firm favourite. Great for pre-readers, too, as the alliteration and rhymes make it eminently memorizable after a couple of reads, so the little ones know what's coming and can join in.

One of the many Dr Seuss books that give me a warm, nostalgic glow, remembering those happy story-times before bed.
I think I first read this book to Nathan, also, so I am thankful to my darling nephew for that. But I have read it probably thousands of times to my own children, and aim to read it to my grandchildren when the time is right. My father was the funniest when it came to tongue twisters, and my mom was the crowned queen, so these books are a natural fit for my sisters and me.
C.g. Ayling
I thank my mother for buying this amazing book shortly after its initial release. Her reading this to us as young children, who where being drowned in "See Jack run. See Jack play." at school, brought me my first realization that reading could actually be fun.

We repeated the tradition with our children, all of whom are advanced level readers. If you want something to delight your kids, something that will take you back to your youth right beside your children. I simply cannot recommend this seri...more
Hailey Fox
A riveting class children's story that will leave your tongue twisted. From the genius mind of Dr. Seuss, comes Fox in Socks, the next thing since slice bread. People of all ages will be highly amused by this tongue twisting tale! For thrill seekers and chill seekers alike! Is your tongue numb yet?
Mandy Moran
Title: Fox in Socks
Author: Dr. Seuss
Published 01/28/1965
Genre: Children's Poetry

Fox in Socks is a playful book of poetry written by Dr. Seuss. The plot follows an outgoing fox with an exquisite vocabulary as he tests other people's speaking skills against his own. Children will love this book for the same reason as "Something Big Has Been Here". The reader is able to showcase their advanced reading skills through the telling of this story which is intriguing to children. The illustrations are al...more
Kirren Wilson
Going back and reading this as a mum is so different from how I remember this book as a child.
Not a good choice for a very tired mummy!! It slowed me down when I wanted to speed up!! Lots of fun to read. My little treasure loves it.
One of the most important things I learned from this book is that:
"Luke Luck likes lakes, Luke's duck likes lakes. Luke takes licks of lakes Luke's duck likes, duck takes licks of lakes Luck Luck likes."
Zequoia Hyche
"When beetles fight these battles on a bottle with their paddles and the bottle's on the poodle, and the poodles eating noodles." This quote, can you believe it, has been memorized from my childhood? I was shocked that I remembered it, but then again I loved this story so much as a child. This story contained so many silly, tongue twisting words that made you go, "huh?" However, it also made me want to keep reading more, because it was a challenge. This is an excellent book to get children liste...more
Fox in Socks is so fun to read aloud - I am always in stitches at the end (laughing at my attempts to make no mistakes). Great book just for fun.
Kristine Mathias
Fox in Socks is one of my least favorite Dr. Seuss book. It is difficult to read and while the kids find the rhyming words funny they find it hard to follow any type of story line. This is one of his harder books to read allowed to children.

Dr. Seuss wrote books for over 50 years. He was not really a Doctor and his real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel. He also used pen names such as Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone and Theophrastus Seuss. Dr. Seuss was born in 1904 and died in 1991 at the age of 87. H...more
Melissa Frentsos
This was fun, funny and just ridiculous, silly, and almost impossible to read-aloud without eventually messing up...if not impossible. It makes you laugh because it's so hard to say and just sounds so ridiculous and fun. Lots of tongue twisters and fun with the English language. It would be great to go through it slowly to study some English words.

However I don't like that it has the phrase "You don't have to be so dumb now..." How do these phrases make it past publication into CHILDREN's litera...more
"I can't blab such blibber blubber! My tongue isn't made of rubber."
Ilyah Nazrah
This has got to be my favorite Dr. Suess book so far! Honestly have never heard of it and was quite amazed that this was not as famous as Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

Or maybe I just don't know my Dr. Suess. Hah.

This book is full of tongue-twisters and definitely a read-aloud type of book. I suck at tongue-twisters but that didn't stop me from enjoying the book and laughing out loud when I fail to pronounce something.

A fun read with kids, definitely!
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto...more
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“When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles
and the bottle's on a poodle and the poodle's eating noodles...
...they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle
bottle paddle battle.”
“Don't give up! I believe in you all.
A person's a person, no matter how small!
And you very small persons will not have to die
If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!”
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