In this wildly entertaining counting book, animal camouflage is the name of the game while the oblivious lone hunter (1 Hunter) stalking through the jungle wielding a menacing rifle becomes a running joke of sorts — in fact it soon becomes unclear who’s doing the hunting, after all!
Gianna Marino‘s stunning gouache art takes centre stage in this almost-wordless seek-and-find counting book set in the barnyard. Designed for slightly older kids, the reader should have no trouble using his/her own observation and deduction skills to drive the simple but amusing storyline in this book, where every turn of the page sees not only the introduction of a new animal around the water trough where all the action takes place, but also more and more animals, i.e. one flea, two cows, three horses, five sheep, etc. Continue reading
In Soup for One, a fly spies a bowl of delicious soup through an open kitchen window and immediately lays claim to it. Alas, to his utter disgruntlement, along comes another fly, and then another, and so on so forth, until the soup becomes a little crowded. However, it soon becomes apparent that having to share is the least of their problems…
As one can surmise from the cover, this quirky book counts up to 20 and features that many types of animals, with some — for example cats, bears and birds — being further represented by a variety of species.
Bears and underwear are somewhat separate clichés in kidlit. But putting TWO awkward-looking bears in ONE supersized pair of tighty-whities on the book cover is so awesomely hilarious that it’s completely genius.
Ten, Nine, Eight is a sweet bedtime book that centres around a father getting his toddler daughter ready for bed. The book also doubles as a counting book since it counts down from 10 to 1 the various things associated with the little girl’s bedtime routine, including the features of her cosy bedroom.
What do you get when 10 hungry monsters invade a little boy’s house? As it turns out, surprisingly little bloodshed but a whole lot of mess and chaos — and a terrific counting book. The unique premise of One Hungry Monster sets it apart from the usual counting book since it reads like a fun story that just happens to offer opportunities for counting (as opposed to the many books that attempt the opposite).