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A Is for Musk Ox

Erin Cabatingan, Matthew Myers (Illustrator)


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Winter 2012 Kids Next List

“The ox in question wins every argument with the zebra who is trying to write an alphabet book. 'A is for apple' becomes 'A is for musk ox' when the ox eats the apple. 'K is for kitten' becomes 'K is for musk ox,' because 'musk ox like to kick anyone who disagrees with them.' Even the most jaded will smile at 'X is for musk ox, because 'musk oxen look totally cool in X-rays.' Of course 'Z is for zebra,' but he doesn't get the last laugh. The reader does! A great new book for story hours!”
— Rondi Brouwer, Blackwood & Brouwer, Kinderhook, NY
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Musk Ox, our rambunctious anti-hero, literally chews through the cover of this anarchic alphabet book. Having eaten the apple that A was supposed to be for, he blithely inserts himself, claiming A is for Musk Ox—because musk oxen are Awesome and live in the Arctic, which includes Alaska! Zebra, his nemesis, is less than thrilled.

And so this cantankerous couple lead the reader on a romp through the alphabet with Musk Ox claiming every letter for himself, and Zebra doing his level best to keep him under control. Filled with Matthew Myers's hilarious artwork with lots of hidden details for kids to explore, this may be the funniest alphabet book ever created.

Praise For A Is for Musk Ox

“...this ABC succeeds thanks to its hero's unstoppable swagger.” —Publishers Weekly

“…this vibrantly illustrated romp will deliver big laughs.” —Kirkus

“This is best suited for youngsters who've moved on from alphabet books entirely and who will get a kick out of chaotic disarrangement of the old familiar formula.” —BCCB

Roaring Brook Press, 9781596436763, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 16, 2012

About the Author

Erin Cabatingan grew up in Utah. She and her family have lived all over the United States from California to New York to Hawaii and she looks forward to wherever life takes her next. Currently, she lives with her husband and children in Virginia. Musk Ox Counts is her second book for Roaring Brook Press.

After a twenty-year career as an award-winning art director, Matthew Myers discovered his true vocation—illustrating picture books. His works for Roaring Brook Press include Tyrannosaurus Dad and A Is for Musk Ox.  He lives and works in North Carolina.