“What Does the Fox Say?” We’re Number One!

Bard Ylvisaker (L) and Vegard Ylvisaker

One of 2013’s most infectious songs might have been “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” and in part to that, the Norwegian duo behind the hit have now scored a hit number one children’s book.


Ylvis, the duo behind the fox song, announced that they would be putting out a children’s book by the same name of their YouTube hit song. What nobody expected was the book to  debut at No. 1 on The New York Times’ Best Sellers List for Children’s Books.

The Simon & Schuster-published book, which is in its sixth printing, includes the lyrics to “The Fox” along with illustrations from Norwegian artist Svein Nyuhus. As for the catchy Summer jam, it made its mark on Billboard’s Hot 100 at number six and the original music video has surpassed 300 million views on YouTube; the video had passed the 100 million mark just one month after it was unleashed on the internet.

As of now, the electo-duo have not been able to release a song as catchy and mind-numbing as “The Fox,” the curse of the one-hit wonders, but they aren’t worried that such a thing will happen to them. Like many artists that are hits int heir home country, Bard Ylvisaker, one-half of the group said in a recent interview that even if they don’t have another hit and end up with the tiled of one-hit wonder, they’ll “return to our office in Norway and still be happy. Everything’s a bonus. And we won’t be disappointed if we’re kicked out of the country.”

Now, that’s one way to take the fame in stride especially now that they are making money off of a children’s book. So what does that fox say?

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