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Friday, 27 December 2013

What does the Fox Say? by Ylvis

What Does the Fox Say?

Dog goes woof. Cat goes meow. Bird goes tweet, and mouse goes squeak...But what does the fox say? Ylvis started working with the illustrator for this book before they had even uploaded the video to Youtube as they felt it had the potential to become an interesting book as well. As they say "The level of detail in Svein's drawings make the book fun to read over and over. Hopefully kids will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed making it."

If, like me, you have primary school age children, the latest YouTube sensation, Ylvis and their catchy 'song', What does the fox say?, will have been going around your head for ages. Ylvis has joined forces with Svein Nyhis who has created the illustrations throughout the book, depicting all the animals within the song. 

The book is really just the song words to the song, which most children learn very quickly. I would not pick it up as a story book to read at storytime because the reader can not help but break into tune as they read the book aloud. The illustrations are not the usually friendly children's images, the animals have a strange style which I am not sure children will recognise. My nine year old son was not impressed with the illustrations. 

In summary, I would not buy this book as a story to share with children at story time, instead I would buy it as a gift for fans of the song or for children to look at when listening to the song.

Thank you to the publishers, Simon and Schuster Children's Books, for sending me the book to review.

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