Sometimes Seuss can be sneaky with what his books are really about. Is One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish just about silly rhymes or is it about exploring a child's sense of wonder? Are the Sneetches just pot-bellied birds, or are they a warning against prejudice and capitalism? Thankfully, Seuss takes the guesswork out of Fox in Socks.
Both Fox and Knox refer to their word-bending endeavors as a "game" (31.4, 58.2), and that's exactly what Fox in Socks is really about: making language and reading a game. The tongue twisters on the page are meant to challenge the reader while also being enjoyable, and you only get better as you play.
As a bonus, Fox in Socks can be played by yourself or with your family and friends. Here are a couple of our favorite modes of play:
It's the perfect two-for-oner: family game night and book reading. Better still, the players, erm, readers grow as they read. The book helps improve reading-aloud skills—Fox in Socks, by the by, should always be read aloud. It stretches out tongue muscles and flexes imaginations with its zany illustrations and words. It also helps shy readers overcome their fear of reading "the right way" because everybody messes up when reading this book. Messing up is half the fun, and making mistakes is the only way to learn.
In short, reading can be just as fun as playing a game. Why? Because, in its own right, reading is play, and Fox and Socks demonstrates this perfectly.