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What does the fox say? / Ylvis ; illustrated by Svein Nyhus.

Ylvis (Musical group) (Author). Nyhus, Svein. (Added Author). Ylvisåker, Bård. (Added Author). Ylvisåker, Vegard. (Added Author). Løchstøer, Christian. (Added Author).

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.

Current holds

0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Godel Memorial-Warren Library e YLV (Text) 35500005264286 Main Available -
Hallock Public Library e YLV (Text) 35500006276479 Main Available -
Red Lake Falls Public Library e YLV (Text) 35500005264179 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781481422239 :
  • ISBN: 1481422235 :
  • Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
  • Edition: 1st US ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Based on the YouTube sensation"--Cover.
Originally published in Norwegian as: Hva sier reven?
"The fox (what does the fox say?)" lyrics by Bård Ylvisåker, Vegard Ylvisåker, and Christian Løchstøer.
Summary, etc.:
Based on Ylvis' viral hit, the bothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker have paired their lyrics with playful illustrations, for a fun picture book.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 4-8.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2014 April #2
    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. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Ylvis is made up of brothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker. Besides being talented musicians and pretty good dancers, the brothers have worked as comedians and talk-show hosts in their home country of Norway for many years. Their music video &;The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)&; appeared on YouTube on September 3, 2013. Within a few months, it had become a global phenomenon, with more than 200 million views. Now, the brothers have taken their fun lyrics and have paired them with Svein Nyhus&;s playful illustrations for a whole new take on the fox&;s unique way of speaking. What Does the Fox Say? is Ylvis&;s first picture book. Learn more at

Christian Løchstøer cowrote the lyrics of "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" with Ylvis. He is managing editor of Tonight with Ylvis and has been working with the duo since 2007.

Svein Nyhus is a Norwegian author and illustrator of children&;s books. He lives in Tonsberg, Norway. Visit his website at

Subject: Foxes > Fiction.
Animal sounds > Fiction.
Foxes > Juvenile fiction.
Animals > Juvenile fiction.
Animal sounds > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Picture books for children.

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