That's my all time favorite Dr. Seuss book. I love the (even more than usual) zany rhymes and the ending, where Mr. Knox gets Mr. Fox in Socks, sir, and the latter is a "tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottled paddled muddled duddled fuddled wuddled". Reading this aloud to my kids is one of my favorite things to do. Listening to their squeals of delight get louder and louder with each crazy line that is added to the tongue-twisting fun can help anyone find their silly side. Dr. Seuss' left us with some truly worthwhile childhood entertainment and when it is read with any semblance of feeling and fun, the result is nothing short of infectious laughter and a bringing out of the child in us all.
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After the nice bags and the buildup from the website, I have to say, I was disappointed here. I'm sure the team members who did the readings were trying their best, but the readings were just...flat. There was hardy any emotion in either. It was as if they had never heard these books being read before. The one man even called him San-I-Am. SAN! Can you believe it? Then it hit: there's a good chance they hadn't ever heard those books being read before. That just made me sad, but I digress. It was such a shame to have those books read by people who just didn't seem to get it. Reading to kids is all about knowing how to be silly, to be vulnerable, to let childhood come storming back in with a bang and how to not be afraid to sounds like a total dork while doing it. These team members did not tell a story. They read the words on the page.
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So now I want to know: what is your biggest pet peeve about bad reading? Or, how do you make read alouds enjoyable (for you and your kids)?