XO, OX A Love Story


"Dear Gazelle,

For some time now I have wanted to write a letter to say how much I admire you. You are so graceful and fine. Even when you are running from tigers you are like a ballerina who is running away from tigers.

I think that what I'm trying to say is that I love you.


And so begins an epic, if initially unrequited, love affair between a graceful gazelle and a clumsy, hapless ox. Romance will never be the same.

Adam Rex's hilarious, sweet, and at times heartbreaking letters between a hopelessly romantic ox and a conceited, beautiful gazelle are paired perfectly with Scott Campbell's joyful illustrations to bring you a romance for the ages."


Adam Rex and I have teamed up to bring you a story of love and letters!  Oxen and Gazelles!  Suspenders and fancy dresses!!  It is called XO,OX – A Love Story and it is out in stores right now! Brought to you by Neal Porter Books at Roaring Brook Press!  Go down to your local bookstores and pick it up in your hands!

Remember when we used to write letters telling one another how much we loved or felt annoyed with each other?  This story really taps into that excitement.  You will probably love it.

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 610 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (January 3, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626722889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626722880
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
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