Ylvis may not have hit No. 1 in America with sleeper hit “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” but the Norwegian comedy duo has reached the top of a chart after all this year — this time with its first book.
“What Does the Fox Say?,” the children’s book based off the duo’s sleeper hit of a song, has debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times’ Best Sellers List for Children’s Books, it was confirmed today to Billboard. 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.
The No. 1 book, released Dec. 10 and featured in Billboard’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, is the latest coup for Ylvis, who placed “The Fox” at No. 6 in the U.S. on the Hot 100 after its late summer release. The original music video has been viewed nearly 300 million times on YouTube, reaching the 100 million mark just over a month after its release.
Thus far, the duo has been unable to reclaim the success of “The Fox” with a new single, though the brothers Ylvisaker aren’t sweating it much. In an interview posted yesterday (Dec. 18) by The Hollywood Reporter, Bard Ylvisaker said that even if its future endeavors don’t go over well in America, “we’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.”