Warthog: A Counting Adventure – Birdie Black, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

    Warthog: A Counting Adventure – Birdie Black, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, Nosy Crow, (9780763693237), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Bouncy rhyming text and bright colorful illustrations with lift-the-flaps on each spread recount the adventures of a little warthog as he gambles through the savanna counting lots of things from one to ten.  “A warthog went a-wandering, one sunny summer day. A warthog went a-wandering. He wandered far away. He found one scoop of honey…he found two angry bees. He stopped quite still until they’d flown…away into the trees.”  The text bounces along until the warthog wanders very far and runs into a lion.  Sharp-eyed readers will realize that the lion has been hiding on all the pages.  Luckily, the warthog makes it home safe and sound and we see the smiling lion chasing after a bee.  Children will love the repetition of the refrain “A warthog went a-wandering” and the lift-the-flaps.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  A good addition to counting books.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/2/17             

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