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Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
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Grizzwold by Syd Hoff
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The Last Sewer Ball by Steven Schindler
Let's Call it Canada: Amazing Stories of Canadian Place Names by Susan Hughes, Clive Dobson and Julie Dobson
The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Mr. Pratt's Patients by Joseph C. Lincoln
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Return of the Player by Michael Tolkin
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Stragosky and Boris Stragosky
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3 by Gail Carriger
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
Trust No One by Linda Sue Park
Undead by Kirsty McKay
Voltron Force Volume 3: Twin Trouble by Brian Smith
Undead by Kirsty McKay
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
What Does the Fox Say? by Ylvis
The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies by Nell Beram

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What Does the Fox Say?: 07/14/14

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I'm not a regular YouTube video watcher. I'm not even an infrequent one. I can count the number of times I watch a YouTube video in a given year on one hand. Videos just aren't my method of choice for information or entertainment via the internet. So when something new and exciting goes viral and it's a video, I'm probably clueless until the phenomena is stale.

Unless it's something a relative is into. In the case of What Does the Fox Say? by Ylvis, I knew the words by heart probably within hours of the video being published because it was on the personal radar of my daughter and her friends.

So by Christmas when the video had become the mantra of many a child in the K-3 range, Simon & Schuster published a children's book with the lyrics and some jaunty illustrations to go with them. The illustrations are rather rustic and folksy and a departure stylistically from the video. The fox definitely has an attitude to go with his Cab Calloway scatting but he's also a bit off putting.

None the less, for the target market (kids my daughter's age) the book seems to be a hit. She's read her copy dozens of times, shared it with her friends, and whenever I'm at the local bookshop, there's always two or three special orders of it ready for pick up.

Four stars

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