Mar 04, 2021iloveseaotters rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
As a kid, I probably read this book a hundred times and had it read to me even more. I still have parts of it memorized and I'm sure that anyone who has read it more than once knows it by heart.
After learning about the recent "controversy" surrounding several Dr. Seuss books, my reaction was probably the same as a lot of others in that it only intrigued me to read them again. Thank goodness my library had a lot of them.
This particular book wasn't one of the six "questionable ones", although some might not like the red fish that is said to be 'very, very bad" on Page 7. It shows him with a scowl on his face and his hand raised as though he's just hit a yellow fish. And I'm sorry/not sorry to admit that I think it's funny!
"One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" is one of my all time favorite books and from the very first page I remembered why. First of all, it's hilarious and Dr. Seuss' gift for rhyme and imagination is apparent throughout.
I found myself reading the book aloud (thank goodness no one was around to hear me!), and at times I even tripped myself up, trying to say the words. Some of them are real tongue twisters and they would probably be good practice for speaking in general, because I tend to stumble when I'm speaking in public or in an interview. Plus it's a fun book with cute illustrations.
My favorite 'chapter' is the one about Ned who does not like his little bed. In a very odd way I can relate as I just bought a new bed to replace my uncomfortable one. The beginning of the book is where it mentions the fish and I love the line "I do not know, go ask your dad." That has always made me laugh, even as an adult.
I highly recommend this one, both for kids and for adults who loved this book as a child. It really is fun to read and the illustrations are funny. Definitely a classic!