Tongue Twisters Review: Tongue Twisters

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Charles Keller's book Tongue Twisters offers 44 chances to tie your tongue.

Some of the rhymes are familiar traditional verses, like Peter Piper, Wood Chuck, and Betty's Butter.

Others are mere alliterations, without much tongue twisting potential, like, "Terrified tomcats in the tops of tall trees."

This collection is unusual in that it contains a large number of exceedingly short entries, such as "This is a zither."

Like Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes, the Keller book offers illustrations in the children's style. Sometimes the pictures are asked do a lot of work to add interest to a relatively dull phrase, like "Fluffy finches flying fast."  And sometimes the pictures are not up to the task.

Still, for tongue twister fans, this book might be a welcome part of their collection, partly because there is some good new material and partly because at its best the book is excellent, as when we are advised:

You've no need to light a night light

On a light night like tonight.

For a night light's light's a slight light,

And tonight's a night that's light.

When a night's light, like tonight's light,

It's really not quite right

To light night lights with their slight lights

On a light night like tonight.

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