Fox in Socks

( 23 )

Overview

Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseudonym of "Dr. Seuss" Seuss was Geisel's middle name and only two hundred twenty-three words, Geisel created a replacement for those dull primers: "The Cat in the Hat." The instant success of the book prompted Geisel and his wife to found Beginner Books, and Geisel wrote many popular books in this series, including "Hop on Pop," "Fox in Socks," and "Green Eggs and Ham." ...

See more details below
Hardcover
$5.41
BN.com price
(Save 39%)$8.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (300) from $1.99   
  • New (24) from $4.00   
  • Used (276) from $1.99   

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK Kids for iPad

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (NOOK Kids)
$7.99
BN.com price
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.

Overview

Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseudonym of "Dr. Seuss" Seuss was Geisel's middle name and only two hundred twenty-three words, Geisel created a replacement for those dull primers: "The Cat in the Hat." The instant success of the book prompted Geisel and his wife to found Beginner Books, and Geisel wrote many popular books in this series, including "Hop on Pop," "Fox in Socks," and "Green Eggs and Ham." Other favorite titles in this series are "Go, Dog, Go!" and "Are You My Mother?" by P. D. Eastman, "A Fly Went By," by Mike McClintock, and "Put Me in the Zoo," by Robert Lopshire. These affordable hardcover books combine large print, easy vocabulary, and large, bright illustrations in stories kids will want to read again and again. Grades 1 - Grades 2.

A collection of tongue twisters that is "an amusing exercise for beginning readers."--Kirkus Reviews. Full color.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses.The Express
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904.  After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising.  His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!,  appeared in several leading American magazines.
Dr. Seuss's first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street  hit the market in 1937, and the world of children's literature was changed forever!
In 1957, Seuss's The Cat in the Hat became the prototype for one of Random House's best- selling series, Beginner Books.  This popular series combined engaging stories with outrageous illustrations and playful sounds to teach basic reading skills.
Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents.  In the process, he helped kids learn to read.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss was the author and illustrator of 44 children's books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages.  Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children's books in the world.  

Biography

Now that generations of readers have been reared on The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks, it's easy to forget how colorless most children's books were before Dr. Seuss reinvented the genre. When the editorial cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1936, the book was turned down by 27 publishers, many of whom said it was "too different." Geisel was about to burn his manuscript when it was rescued and published, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, by a college classmate.

Over the next two decades, Geisel concocted such delightfully loopy tales as The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Horton Hears a Who. Most of his books earned excellent reviews, and three received Caldecott Honor Awards. But it was the 1957 publication of The Cat in the Hat that catapulted Geisel to celebrity.

Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johnny Can't Read, along with a related Life magazine article, had recently charged that children's primers were too pallid and bland to inspire an interest in reading. The Cat in the Hat, written with 220 words from a first-grade vocabulary list, "worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot," as Ellen Goodman wrote in The Detroit Free Press. With its vivid illustrations, rhyming text and topsy-turvy plot, Geisel's book for beginning readers was anything but bland. It sold nearly a million copies within three years.

Geisel was named president of Beginner Books, a new venture of Random House, where he worked with writers and artists like P.D. Eastman, Michael Frith, Al Perkins, and Roy McKie, some of whom collaborated with him on book projects. For books he wrote but didn't illustrate, Geisel used the pen name Theo LeSieg (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards).

As Dr. Seuss, he continued to write bestsellers. Some, like Green Eggs and Ham and the tongue-twisting Fox in Socks, were aimed at beginning readers. Others could be read by older children or read aloud by parents, who were often as captivated as their kids by Geisel's wit and imagination. Geisel's visual style appealed to television and film directors, too: The animator Chuck Jones, who had worked with Geisel on a series of Army training films, brought How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life as a hugely popular animated TV special in 1966. A live-action movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch was released in 2000.

Many Dr. Seuss stories have serious undertones: The Butter Battle Book, for example, parodies the nuclear arms race. But whether he was teaching vocabulary words or values, Geisel never wrote plodding lesson books. All his stories are animated by a lively sense of visual and verbal play. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies. Bennett Cerf, Geisel's publisher, liked to say that of all the distinguished authors he had worked with, only one was a genius: Dr. Seuss.

Good To Know

The Cat in the Hat was written at the urging of editor William Spaulding, who insisted that a book for first-graders should have no more than 225 words. Later, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write a book with just 50 words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, though to his recollection, Cerf never paid him the $50.

Geisel faced another challenge in 1974, when his friend Art Buchwald dared him to write a political book. Geisel picked up a copy of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and a pen, crossed out each mention of the name "Marvin K. Mooney," and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the results in his syndicated column. Nine days later, President Nixon announced his resignation.

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo: "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo / A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" The word "grinch," after the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as a killjoy or spoilsport.

Read More Show Less
    1. Also Known As:
      Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      September 4, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 23 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(18)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 23 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Lots our copy and had to buy another one

    My husband reads this to our kids really fast and love it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    i love dr. seuss

    I love all the dr. seuss books inculding this one

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    ILOVECUPCAKES

    I like this book i cann reed this book relli fasst and guse what, I UEED MY SIISTERS NOOK HAHAHAHAHAGAHAGSFSFAGAHAHAHA

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    Not one of Dr. Suess's best

    This book is pretty fun to read aloud but it is definitely not one of Dr. Suess's better books. I like Green Eggs, Ham and Cat in the Hat, and Oh The Places You'll Go much more than this book. The rhymes in this book don't always flow well and there really isn't much of a real story, just strange situations cobbled together to get you tongue tied. I really like Oh the Places You'll Go because the words rhyme well but there is also a very good story and lesson told in the book. It's a good book for kids and adults alike. My daughter also pays attention to that story longer when I am reading it to her than Fox in Socks. She make like reading Fox in Socks more later when she starts reading on her own, but for now, it's not a big hit.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2010

    Fox in Socks, ROCKS!

    Of course we all love Dr Seuss, and this book it a total Tongue Twister. There are silly warnings, (which should be taken seriously) at the beginning of the book and on the cover. My 5 year old is learning her words, and enjoyed reading this book, though I believe I enjoyed it more. It's a delightfully wonderful book about a silly fox who tries to get a Knox to say all these tongue twisting games. The Knox doesn't believe he can say everything that the fox wants him to say, but of course in trying to deny his ability to say all the tongue twists, he ends up saying them all, plus adding his own. This is a delightful Dr. Seuss and enjoyed by us!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Fox in Socks for crazy socks day

    I bought this book to read to Kindergarteners as part of our school's week long celebration of Dr. Suess. This book is much too long and much too difficult for 5 and 6 year olds to listen to and enjoy. I gave it to a 2nd grade teacher.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Excellent for Beginning Readers!

    Great for sounding out words - learning about words that rhyme - colorful and fun to read!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    stories with my grandson

    I have several books that I buy 2 of and my grandson has a copy in Vancouver and I have one. Dr Seuss is some of our favorites. We Skype at night an I get t read him bedtime stories live. He loves this book because much of it he can read himself.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 12, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Book

    This is an awesome Book to have in one's own library.

    Everyone should own Seuss works, along with Ohio Blue Tips by Jeanne E. Clark, The Photos In The Closet by Daniel E. Lopez, and works by Alison Townsend.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 2, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    I loved this, now my kids love it!

    My daughter loves this from page one... "Take it SLOWLY! This book is DANGEROUS!" She's 2.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 9, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Dangerously Awesome and Funny Book!!

    This book is definitely dangerous! It's full of funny but awesome riddles, Dr. Seuss was definitely a genius to have written this, and to make it funny and witty enough for young minds to actually want to read it. My daughter loves trying to read it (she can't make it through the book yet without getting tongue-tied), and she loves when I read it to them, but normally I can't finish the book neither because I drop down laughing from all the silliness. I wholeheartedly recommend this book if you have children, or even if you don't but enjoy a book full of silly rhymes and tongue-twisters :-)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 24, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Great to read out loud!

    A book designed to twist your tongue into contortions, kids love the wackiness and also seem to enjoy seeing the grown ups mess up. Not for lightweight adult readers.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    Fox in Socks

    This book is a rhyming book with a fox who wears socks, and has to count how many socks and who where¿s socks. It is a really fun book to read, but it¿s a tongue twister, you really have to watch the words you read or you will get tongue tied. Seuss, Dr. Fox in Socks. New York: Random House Inc. 1965.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    Fox in Socks

    book is a rhyming book with a fox who wears socks, and has to count how many socks and who where¿s socks. It is a really fun book to read, but it¿s a tongue twister, you really have to watch the words you read or you will get tongue tied. Seuss, Dr. Fox in Socks. New York: Random House Inc. 1965.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2003

    Your tongue will be numb!!

    This book is great. I read it as a child, and I still enjoy reading it today. No matter how much you read it, the tongue twisters found here will keep you on the edge of your seat trying over and over until you get them right!! This book is contagious for readers young and old.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2001

    The BEST learning tools!

    I have taught my 3 children to read with 2 books, Green Eggs & Ham and Fox in Socks. It's fun reading that always holds the childs interest and and you can start reading to them at 2 years old or younger. Dr. Suess hit the nail on the head with his books.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 23 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)