Our Current Favourite Dr Seuss Book

Fils cadet has just discovered his big brother’s box of Dr Seuss books. Or, to be more precise, he has discovered two of them: Fox in Socks and Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? I now find myself reading one or the other, if not both, to him once or twice a day.

As Fox in Socks is pretty well known, I’d like to introduce Mr Brown to anyone not previously aware of him. Mr Brown is a rather unprepossessing little man, but clearly a very talented mimic. He can copy a whole host of sounds from the everyday, such as a ticking clock, to the rather more obscure – a goldfish kiss perhaps, or a hippopotamus chewing gum. Of course this means that an adult reading the book has to be prepared to make lots of silly noises, but it also encourages participation from a very young age. Fils cadet is still rather young for most of the Dr Seuss canon but he can now anticipate every sound from Mr Brown.

Another point in this book’s favour from my point of view, is that I don’t need to put on an American accent to make it rhyme… All in all then, good fun all round and a book that I’m not sick of after such intensive reading! Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

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About forwardtranslations

I'm a freelance literary translator from German and French to English. The title of my blog comes from Mary Schmich's description of reading: it struck home with me, and seems especially apt for translated fiction. Here are some of my musings on what I'm reading, re-reading, reading to my children, and translating.
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