Numbers – written and illustrated by John J. Reiss


81sw1dt41l Numbers – written and illustrated by John J. Reiss, Little Simon of Simon & Schuster, 9781481476478, 2016

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book?  This cute collection of counting contains bold images and numbers on each page to make for an educational experience on many levels.  The book takes us from 1 to 20, then addresses skip counting to 100 and ends with 1,000 on the final page.  The variety of objects (and animals) introduces new vocabulary and creates conversation points for toddlers and their caregivers; readers not only encounter familiar items such as crayons and toes, but unique ones such as grapefruit and portholes.  Everything from the novelty of counting and recognizing very high numbers to the contrasting colors makes this a great addition to board book collections.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The centipede was a surprise!  The illustration is accurate (even depicting 100 legs for ambitious toddlers to count) and presents this arthropod in bright colors, but may need some preparation for adults who have a fear of these creatures (kids will just take it in stride!).

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for pre-K to K readers getting ready to count beyond 10; this is definitely a book that can be enjoyed together with a little one over and over again as they master the new skill

Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? Picture book collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not really. This is something best enjoyed one-on-one with a caregiver and child.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of reviewFebruary 9, 2017

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