Friday, July 22, 2011

Reviews and Reading Ventures: Our Take On Fox in Socks

Public Libraries Should Ban Fox in Socks (It's Way Too Subversive)

Fox in Socks (Beginner Books)Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss


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This book is a brilliant exploration of postmodern language.  There is double meaning to every word. I imagined a fox in socks and my mind went wild.  What does the Fox stand for?  Why is he wearing socks? What do the socks represent?  Notice the fox is nude and only wearing socks! Why is there a box?   and what is up with Knox?  Does Knox mean Fort Knox - Is this a critique of General Patton's strategies employed in World War II? And then there is chicks with bricks and blocks and clocks, and where are they coming from- a critique of Chinese Political policy with Nepal? Was Dr. Seuss commenting on how language often falls short of explaining anything?  And the crow, is this a critique of Native American Crow Tribe, is he saying that the Crow Tribe was too slow in reacting to a modern world?  Is he also saying that all of life is merely a game played by capitalists?   He also critiques the use of music to move the populace.   They march when the band comes in... and what are they licking?  His tongue is not made of rubber, a critique of deforestation and use of rubber trees and our over use of a natural resource.  The book also examines global conflict between two nations separated by water.  In this he shows the problem of  atomic proliferation!   All in all Dr. Seuss hid so much meaning in what looks like a benign book Fox In Socks.    This is either one of the best subversive writing of the twentieth century or... it could be just an annoying rhyming tongue puzzler for kids.


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