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Fox in Socks

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  51,038 ratings  ·  1,300 reviews
In this hilarious book, the irrepressible Fox in Socks teaches a baffled Mr. Knox some of the slickest, quickest tongue-twisters in town.

With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and
Paperback, 62 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Green Back Books / HarperCollins Children's Books (first published 1965)
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Sean Gibson
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The only downside to this delightful Seuss joint, perhaps my favorite work of his, is that it lacks the greatest tongue-twister of all time: how many boys could a bag boy bag if a bag boy could bag boys?

(The answer is seven, incidentally, if you’re keeping score at home.)
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2019
Mental Health Break!

I've been reading books dealing with really dark situations all day, so I needed something easy to read.

Super cute read!
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Either 1 Star or 5 Stars depending on how many times you've been forced to read it/how many glasses of wine you've had to drink

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Any sportsball fans in the house? If so you’ll know that meme is 100% accurate. However, since today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday I’m here to talk about a different annoying sound – that which comes from discovering what the fox says . . .

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Wrong again, but it’s almost as aggravating. In case you are someone who is
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poor Knox cringes and begs for mercy. "Please, sir. I don't like this trick, sir." But Fox refuses to relent. "Here's an easy game to play," he whispers - but his wordplay is more than games. It's an assault on Knox's very sanity, and as the book progresses he slowly, cruelly tears the fabric of reality away from the defenseless Knox. An unending series of nightmare images parade by, reminiscent of brainwashing scenes in dystopias like 1984 and Clockwork Orange.

a giant crow sews Knox into a box

This is the tongue twister to end all tongue twister and of course it is a fox which makes it perfect. I heard an audio recording of this where the reader was extremely fast and I aspire to be able to say it that fast and it is difficult.

This is one of my all time favorite books and I love to get it out and read it fast to the kids, well, as fast as I can and they laugh and wonder how I do that. It's my one trick. I give this all the stars.
Mohsin Maqbool
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Seuss will drive you crazy with his silly questions. But then they might be clever too in a wicked sort of way through the mouth of his cool-as-cucumber characters.

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Once again a book full of wild, wild, wild tongue twisters. Read and go mad. Make your children go mad too for a day. Nothing wrong with it.

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Fox in Socks
Truly Rocks.
Socks on Rocks,
Box in Socks,
Rocks in Box,
Socks on Fox.
This is one book that is richer
Than Goldfinger's Fort Knox.
If you say right each tongue twister
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
‘Dr Seuss’ being the pen name under which Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote (taking his middle name and making full use of his Oxford University PhD in English literature) was the American born grandson of German immigrants to the US.

Beginning his career in the late 1920’s as an illustrator and cartoonist, it wasn’t until nearly 30 years later that Seuss produced his classic series of children’s books that so many of us know and love.

Never having the benefit of the books of Dr Seuss when I was a chil
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, favorites
one of my kids favorites, they love having me try to read it and then read it fast. TONGUE TWISTERS!
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book will either help emerging readers be better able to pronounce potentially confusing words, or drive them insane. I experienced a little of both! I remember having fun while Fox in Socks was read to me, though.
Andre Gonzalez
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
fun tongue twisting read!
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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 rated it did not like it
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]
I don't know what to rate this book!!!

I read this aloud to a 3-year-old I was babysitting, and I died.

At the beginning of the book, it says "danger." I should have been warned... "Fox in Socks" is a book full of tongue twisters, and long too. My mouth died. 62 times for 62 pages.
Brad Meltzer
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A true classic, this children’s book engages the imaginative minds of young readers with its rhyming, tongue-twisting story. Still the best.
King Ævil
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Sawn ⚯͛
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook and I have a headache now..
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Aah...a classic. It's impossible to read the tweetle beetle bottle battle out loud without dissolving into giggles.
Diana Godwin
Mar 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
One of the most fun Seuss books to read aloud, in my humble opinion.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I have forgotten how hard it is to read anything by Dr. Seuss out loud XD
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gosh, I’d forgotten how much I loved this Dr. Seuss book with its endless tongue twisters which are bound to make your tongue numb should you actually attempt to read it out loud. Something I don’t think I’d done since I was a wee thing and must have laughed my little heart out loud at, if tonight’s solo performance was anything to judge by. I might not have children to read to, but listening to David Hyde Pierce delivering this story with the perfection you’d expect from that actor, I just HAD ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hard but fun to read because of all the rhyming words. I think all readers would enjoy this book. My favorite part is..."We'll find something new to do now. Here is lots of blue goo now. New goo. Blue goo. Gooey. Gooey. Blue goo. New goo. Gluey. Gluey. 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." That is REALLY HARD to say! (A special thanks to m ...more
Laura (Book Scrounger)
This was a book I was sure I'd get tired and annoyed with after repeated readings, but somehow I haven't. It has enough different "scenes" and characters to keep the book moving and interesting (unlike Green Eggs and Ham), and it's enough of a challenge that I enjoy seeing how well I can read the tongue twisters without feeling like I'm being tortured. Mr. Knox was a brilliant addition though. He serves as my uptight inner critic who doesn't entirely want to be there, but can't seem to tear hims ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clearly written on a day in which Dr. Seuss was annoyed by the wild, shrieking, running children who so often inhabit public places, Seuss has here his sweet, cranky revenge.

It's awful to read and it never gets easier, and it never gets less funny to the kid to hear their parent stumble over the words.

"Six sick bricks tick. Six sick chicks tock."

There was no need for that Seuss, none. I control my offspring in public places. Why punish us all?
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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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