The irrepressible Dr. Seuss turns 108 today. Our favorite book and specifically our favorite lines within a book come from a tongue-twisting sequence towards the end of Fox in Socks. This is one of the most clever children’s books we’ve ever read and it’s a challenge even for adults.
In summary, like Green Eggs and Ham, one character wearies another character by egging him on to do something he does not want to do. In this book, a fox (kitted out with socks) attempts to get a guy named Knox to speak a bunch of nonsensical tongue-tanglers. Knox refuses and becomes increasingly frustrated as the twisters become more challenging. Finally, the final sequence is a lyrical trip through a bunch of two syllable rhyming words. As the twisting sequence increases, Knox cuts off Fox and catches him at his own game. Ah, the hilarity.
We’ve snapped a piece from the final sequence. Enjoy.
Let’s have a little talk about tweetle beetles….
What do you know about tweetle beetles? Well…
When tweetle beetles fight, it’s called a tweetle beetle battle.
And when they battle in a puddle, it’s a tweetle beetle puddle battle.
AND when tweetle beetles battle with paddles in a puddle, they call it a tweetle beetle puddle paddle battle.
AND… When beetles battle beetles in a puddle paddle battle and the beetle battle puddle is a puddle in a bottle… …they call this a tweetle beetle bottle puddle paddle battle muddle.
AND… When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles and the bottle’s on a poodle and the poodle’s eating noodles… …they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle.
Go get the book!