7 Ate 9: the Untold Story – Written by Tara Lazar, Illustrated by Ross MacDonald

  7 Ate 9: the Untold Story – Written by Tara Lazar, Illustrated by Ross MacDonald, Disney Hyperion, 9781484717790, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 3

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book? Capital I the private eye takes a case from scared number 6: 7 is missing and so is 9. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9, and the worry is that 6 will be the next victim. What follows is full of numerical puns and wordplay (the waitress had the scoop; the 8 hangs out on the corner of 2nd Ave & 4th Street; finally I put two and two together) which will be fun for the savvy young reader and his or her adult story time companion. I walks the city streets meeting 8, B, 11, and 5, and the mystery is solved with an “A-ha!” that is fun and clever. The colored pencil and watercolor illustrations are spot-on evocative of 1940s city life.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The noir private detective setting and some of the turns of phrase may be lost on the little ones who pick this up.

To whom would you recommend this book?   Children who love numbers, elementary math teachers, writing teachers wanting to illustrate colloquialisms.

Who should buy this book? Elementary Schools and Public Libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Robin Shtulman, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

Date of review: 15 June 2017


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