Fox in Socks (Beginner Books(R))
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Fox in Socks (Beginner Books(R))

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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
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.
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
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
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.
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]
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.
John Yelverton
Another great book from the brilliant mind of Dr. Seuss.
Bridgette Redman
Dr. Seuss had a devilish streak in him which is part of what makes everyone love him so.

Fox in Socks actually comes with a warning label on the inside cover. "Take it slowly. This book is dangerous." And so it is. It's dangerous to one's tongue, self-esteem, and dourness. But what is life without risks?

In my arrogance, I figured I was up to this book. After all, I've been in rehearsal for Christopher Marlowe's Tragedy of Doctor Faustus for the past six weeks. What could Seuss throw at me that co...more
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
"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.
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?
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."
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
"I can't blab such blibber blubber! My tongue isn't made of rubber."
"Fox, Socks, Box, Knox. Knox in box. Fox in socks. Knox on fox in socks in box. Socks on Knox and Knox in box. Fox in socks on box on Knox." Dans cet album, Dr. Seuss raconte la rencontre du Knox (une créature inventée) et du renard (le fox). Ce dernier propose différents jeux au Knox, sous forme de vire-langues.

Quel enfant anglophone ne connait pas Dr. Seuss? La série de livres de cet auteur pour enfants n'étant pas disponible en français (impossible de traduire avec exactitude les rimes employ...more
Title: Fox in Socks
Author: Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss (Illustrator)
Publisher: Random House Children's Books, 61 pp, 1965
Format: Early Reader (Beginning reader)
Audience: Children, ages 4 to 7
Description: Dr. Seuss’s Fox in Socks will leave your tongue twisted if you don’t heed the warning on the very first page. “Take it slowly. This book is dangerous.” Join Box Know as he is left tongue twisted by Fox Socks.

Personal Review: After reading this early reader beginning book, my tongue was left literally...more
Olivia Pitchford
This is a very classic Dr. Seuss book that features easy sentences for beginning readers. Each sentence or series of sentences relates to the illustration on the same page. This is done in order to have the reader be able to identify words and their connection to the pictures. There is also a lot of rhyming done in this book, in order to create a fun and "easy-read" feel for the book. Some of the sentences offer more than one set of rhyming words, making it a tongue-twister for younger readers....more
Christina Mathers
This book is considered as an easy-to-read book. It was written by Dr. Seuss in 1965. This is a rhyming book and Dr. Seuss labels it as a beginner book. This book is about a fox in socks and his friend Knox. Fox starts off by rhyming and then Knox tells fox that he just can’t do it because, “My tongue isn’t quick or slick.” Then they go on and play a rhyming game about sewing, and Knox is quickly tired of the game. The story goes on with fox trying to rhyme and Knox getting upset because he cann...more
Natalie Sabbath
Fox in Socks
Main Characters: Mr. Fox, Mr. Knox
Setting: Anywhere and Everywhere
POV: Third Person

Summary: “Fox in Socks,” is one of Dr. Seuss’s most popular stories of all time. A whimsical tale of mixed matched randomness, “Fox in Socks,” is a book based on the sole purpose of twisting the reader’s tongue. Mr. Fox goes through the entire story attempting to get his acquaintance, Mr. Knox, to complete every tongue twisting task imaginable. Mr. Knox quickly gets more and more frustrated as the stor...more
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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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