As I’ve mentioned before (like in this post) I find traditional alphabet books to be dreadfully dull.
“Every other alphabet book starts with “A is for apple.” That’s sooo boring.” – Joseph the Musk Ox
That’s why the sidesplitting parody A Is for Musk Ox (©2012) by Erin Cabatingan and Matthew Myers was right up my alley. A self-involved musk ox works his way through the alphabet book, explaining why each letter really stands for musk ox, much to the chagrin of the no-nonsense zebra.
Some of the letters are silly, but others are more serious. There are also oodles of fascinating facts about musk oxen that add another layer of interest to the story. For instance, O is for musk ox because the Eskimos call musk oxen Omingmak, which means “the animal with skin like a beard.” Who knew?
The book includes some surprises along the way, and not every letter stands for musk ox (you won’t believe what M stands for!)
This unconventional alphabet book is best for kids who already have a strong grasp of the alphabet, and will delight kids ages 5-8.
Want to know more? Click the play button below to check out the book trailer for A Is for Musk Ox.