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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (December 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481422235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481422239
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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As media tie-ins go, this is a no-brainer. Even without the power of the viral video to back it up, the premise of the book is child friendly, incorporating actual animal calls (“Dog goes woof. / Cat goes meow. / Bird goes tweet / and Mouse goes squeak.”), as well as a variety of silly noises, which will go down as a treat during storytime (“Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow! / Fraka-kaka-kaka-kaka-kow!”) Meanwhile, the concept of the fox’s sounds as a mystery to be unlocked provides just enough of a element of plot. The illustrations, however, attempting to capture the frenetic surrealism of the video, might be harder for a child to embrace. Nyhus’ digitally rendered pictures fall somewhere between the Fauves and the Cubists, with a fiery red fox who is on one page defined by fluid, emotive expressions and on another by sharp angles. The other animals are similarly depicted, sometimes overwhelmingly so. Whether this book will be able to maintain its appeal beyond the life span of the video remains to be seen, but for now, kids will want to catch that mysterious fox. Preschool-Grade 3. --Kara Dean

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"As media tie-ins go, this is a no-brainer...the premise of the book is child friendly, incorporating actual animal calls (“Dog goes woof. / Cat goes meow./ Bird goes tweet / and Mouse goes squeak.”), as well as a variety of silly noises, which will go down as a
treat during storytime." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

Very cute book, I loved the illustrations and the idea.
Immogen
My daughters loved the song on youtube so now that they have the book to read they laugh and have just as much fun!
J.m. ped
Great illustrations and all the words to the "fox song" that you can sing/read along to.
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138 of 143 people found the following review helpful By N A on December 12, 2013
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I don't think I have ever reviewed a book on Amazon before...I buy a lot of books as I homeschool several children and have a nice sized library. I bought this book when I heard this catchy tune and found out there was a book coming out. Just yesterday anticipating its arrival I came to read reviews...I was saddened to see some say, "well you can find the lyrics on the computer", and "it isn't a story just the song". I ONLY wanted to song...a cute story in itself. Another poster said it appeared obvious there was a rush in the making of this book to get it out for Christmas and that was the only review that scared me some.

Today my book arrived and it certain looks far from any rushed copy. I am THRILLED with this book, it is the song with illustrations that are second to none. They are crazy, whimsical, and fun!!!!! You could study these pictures all day long...how anyone could think this book looks rushed is beyond me. The illustrations alone are genius!
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2013
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My music students love two things, picture books that follow songs and the (mildly annoying) song What Does the Fox Say. This book combines both and proved to be a big hit in the classroom and I'm sure will be for years to come. The book follows the audio recording perfectly, allowing the reader to just push play on their music player and turn the pages. There are a few lines of "What does the Fox Say" that are left out, but besides that it's perfect (some books that follow pop songs won't repeat the chorus which makes the reader have to flip back).

This book would also be a big hit for youngsters who are reading themselves (or with a parent) as it's bright and colorful (with awesome art) and the nonsense words are great for kids learning to read.

Update: Two weeks and twelve classes later I'm happy to report that the kids loved the book and several classes insisted that I read it to them twice (I'm predictably getting sick of it). I did have one or two kids who thought that the pictures got a bit scary so if you have a child that scares easily you might want to preview the pictures first.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer H. on December 11, 2013
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My 7-year-old son loves this song and the "book form" of it is just as fun and adorable. But I would buy this book just for the illustrations alone. They are phenomenal. Looks like my son and I will be "singing" a new bedtime story!
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina on December 11, 2013
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This book version of the popular song is truly a lot of fun. The illustrations are quirky and eye catching. There is so much to look at! If your household has been held mentally captive by this song it is worth buying in storybook version. My 5 year old laughed out loud in delight upon seeing that the story followed the song. Also, it is hilarious to read out loud since no one in our house can do so without singing along. Highly recommend!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Neid on December 29, 2013
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My son loves this song, but requests to read this book over and over. This is a great way for children to interact with and hear adults say funny sounds while enjoying stunning illustrations. My son has asked so many questions about what is going on in the illustrations. It's a great read and bound to bring a smile to the young and old.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Day on December 10, 2013
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I guess most people would get this for their child but I got it for my husband. He got a big kick out of it. Now he can give it to our grandson.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jason Sharp on January 14, 2014
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For the life of me, I can't quite figure out who would want to read this. I'm not saying that to be offensive, I think there is a reader for every book, but I'm not sure who this is meant to appeal to.

The song and music video are entertaining, but there really are no lyrics to speakof and that's all the text that is included here. The book can't ever get that right, some of the written text doesn't match the song and most of the "What does the Fox Say" lyrics are removed.

I'm not quite sure how to describe the artwork, it's the only unique thing the book has going for it, but it looks like it was drawn by someone on a bad acid trip. I'm sure there will be fans of it so I knocked this up from 1 star to 2 but it honestly frightens me so I'm not sure how it will go over for small children.

As for library programs, I can't see how someone could read it aloud (how many will be able to say "joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff" three times fast?) and I can't imagine a reader enjoying it if they haven't already heard the song multiple times. If the song is played while the reader flips through the book it could work, but it's not far off from holding a mistranslated lyric sheet up while playing a song.

Check out the artwork at your local bookstore or library and decide from there because you aren't missing anything from the text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Campbell on May 29, 2014
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This was purchased as kind of a memento of our daughter's complete obsession with the song/video. Not crazy about the illustrations. Wish it was a little smaller in size.
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