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The Master of Rhyme and Repetition

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Dr. Seuss is one of the best-known authors of children’s books; his works are silly, fun, and weird. The Cat in the Hat is fantastic. One of my sisters claims that Fox in Socks was one of her favorites as a child. I fear it might be my daughter’s as well. In Fox in Socks a fox (in socks) tortures Mr. Knox with wordplay. The problem with a book based on torturing wordplay that one READS ALOUD is your child is basically forcing you to torture yourself. There are different ways of dealing with this. I try to read as quickly as possible, both because I tend to mess up if I don’t and also because it speeds up the torture process. My husband reads as slowly as possible, in an unusually (for him) monotonous tone, hoping perhaps that our daughter will give up and let him stop. Either way, I inwardly cheer when Mr. Knox (spoiler alert) shoves the aggressive Fox in Socks into a bottle and he becomes “a tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottled paddled muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in sox” and the book ends. Yes, that was a direct quote. Try saying it ten times fast after four hours of sleep.

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