A Is for Musk Ox (Hardcover)
Roaring Brook Press, 9781596436763, 40pp.
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Winter 2012 Kids Next List
— 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.
About the Author
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.
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