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Musk Ox Counts (Musk Ox Series #2)

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Fans of A IS FOR MUSK OX will be happy to know that Musk Ox and Zebra are back...and trying to make it through a counting book. As usual, Musk Ox has his own ideas and Zebra does not fail to show his frustration trying to get Musk Ox back on track. Will they make it from 1-10, or will their efforts end in annoyance?

 

Cabatingan and Myers pair up again in this second in the Musk Ox series. Cabatingan's witty, sharp text mixes perfectly with Myer's ...

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Overview

Fans of A IS FOR MUSK OX will be happy to know that Musk Ox and Zebra are back...and trying to make it through a counting book. As usual, Musk Ox has his own ideas and Zebra does not fail to show his frustration trying to get Musk Ox back on track. Will they make it from 1-10, or will their efforts end in annoyance?

 

Cabatingan and Myers pair up again in this second in the Musk Ox series. Cabatingan's witty, sharp text mixes perfectly with Myer's grinning anti-hero and hapless zebra.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The banter between a persnickety zebra and a go-with-the-flow musk ox that made A Is for Musk Ox so much fun gets the job done in this counting-themed sequel, too. Musk ox refuses to stay put, instead joining two yaks for a game of Twister and frightening four birds, who cause trouble of their own. “Remember the birds I scared away?” the musk asks the zebra on the “six” page. “Well, I think they’ve taken care of the snails.” Cabatingan and Myers are entirely in sync as they deliver verbal and visual jokes on every page. Ages 5–7. Author’s agent: Nancy Gallt, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.)
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"In a genuinely funny companion to A Is for Musk Ox (Roaring Brook, 2012), zebra and musk ox are arguing about how to compose a counting, er, “addition” book . . . Will this duo return to wreak havoc with colors, shapes, opposites? One can only hope." — School Library Journal

 

"More crazy hijinks from the irrepressible musk ox and his sidekick control-freak zebra will engender belly laughs in Cabatingan and Myers’ highly original sequel to the wild and wacky alphabet book A Is for Musk Ox (2012)." — Kirkus Reviews

"A witty addition to the Musk Ox series." - Booklist

Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Musk Ox and Zebra are back! This companion to A is for Musk Ox is funny and delightful. They start arguing about how to compose a counting book on the first page when Ox does not show up for his page one spread. Each of them has his own idea about what should be included and Zebra becomes increasingly upset because he is not being included. Finally, they settle on an addition book rather than a counting book. Although readers can count the animals that represent each number, they may be more amused by the exchanges between the two animals than the numerical concepts. This is not a book for learning pre-numeracy skills or to learn to count, as this is not a typical counting book. Although vibrantly illustrated, numerals are out of order, sometimes in chaotic disarrangement and can be confusing for young readers. The numerals themselves are presented consistently in large white text, which is helpful to young children but the pages do not contain consistent font or text placement. Children who are already familiar with numbers may find the story less confusing and be able to understand the banter between the characters and their funny, silly expressions. A tall hardcover first edition book with thirty-eight glossy pages and three beautiful double-page spreads, the title also includes illustrations of elephants, snakes, goats, bears, and dogs in rich texture and blending of colors. Even the book cover is unique in that musk ox is seen peering and grinning through the cutout letter o in the title. A preview of the book is available on the publisher’s website and should be useful in determining the book’s suitability for readers. Different but fun. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid; Ages 5 to 7.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—In a genuinely funny companion to A Is for Musk Ox (Roaring Brook, 2012), zebra and musk ox are arguing about how to compose a counting, er, "addition" book. Although the first spread reads "1 musk ox," the beast is nowhere to be seen; his shadow appears on the second spread, along with a worried zebra. It turns out that one is a lonely number, and musk ox would rather be partying with the two (gorgeous) yaks. Displaying his penchant for creative problem solving, the fast talker shows his frustrated coauthor that the "2 yaks" page could still work if the creatures become part of an equation that includes 1 musk ox. He continues to defend his position while reclining on a shag rug, (bubble) pipe in grinning mouth: "Did you see those lovely ladies? They'd be lonely without me." So it goes, with a delightfully unpredictable plot, inventiveness vs. anal-retentiveness, and tricks that will appeal to juvenile and adult sensibilities. Cabatingan's witty repartee leaves plenty of room for Myers to interpret and enhance the narrative with his own ideas, making this a book in which children will continue to discover surprises during subsequent readings. The artist's oil compositions contrast rich texture in the figures and foregrounds with a more delicate blending of colors in the backgrounds; the result is a pleasing visual experience and a wonderful marriage of numeracy and aesthetics. Will this duo return to wreak havoc with colors, shapes, opposites? One can only hope.—Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
More crazy hijinks from the irrepressible musk ox and his sidekick control-freak zebra will engender belly laughs in Cabatingan and Myers' highly original sequel to the wild and wacky alphabet book A Is for Musk Ox (2012). Zebra's efforts to establish traditional counting-book order are foiled right from the first page as the musk ox is seen disappearing from his prescribed position as "1 musk ox." Things only gets more zany on 2, where he is pictured consorting with two fetching female yaks, thereby ruining the concept of 2 by inserting himself as a third animal. By 4, he is again hijacking poor zebra's concept, scaring away the 4 birds and replacing them with the less-attractive 4 stomachs ("just like cows"). More ridiculous scenarios bedevil the animals' futile attempt to complete the counting series. Six snails have been eaten by the four birds that the musk ox scared away; 10 dogs run away, leaving zebra and musk ox using their eight legs plus two heads to make up the number. This approach is deliberately challenging and will only work for children who are already completely comfortable with counting; those who are not will likely find this terminally confusing. Those kids ready to wrap their heads around musk ox's anarchic approach, though, will likely find their (singular) stomachs sore from laughing. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596437982
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: Musk Ox Series , #2
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 495,099
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet 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.

 

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    We originally borrowed this book from our library. My sons could

    We originally borrowed this book from our library. My sons couldn't stop laughing the first time Dad read it to them.
     My 6 year old is constantly reciting the story and asked if we had to give the book back to the library. 
    We just had to add it to our own collection. The story is cleverly done with the Zebra forever getting frustrated by 
    the Musk Ox who has a smart answer for every objection. The illustrations are great too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    One of the best!

    I didn't think there could be another book like "A is for Musk Ox." But Erin Cabatingan has created another winner. Lots of humor mixed with the outstanding illustrations make this a "must have" for any library. Wish I'd had this book when I was learning to count. Those other counting books are "SOOOOOOOOOOOOO boring" (to quote the big guy from the first book.)Buy it. You'll love it. Hopefully there are more musk ox books to come. I can always use a good chuckle.

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