cover image Musk Ox Counts

Musk Ox Counts

Erin Cabatingan, illus. by Matthew Myers. Roaring Brook/Porter, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-59643-798-2

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.)