Numbers and Counting Book Reviews

10 TURKEYS IN THE ROAD by Brenda Reeves Sturgis
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A cute combo sure to bring many smiles. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Counting down with goofy gobblers—and a delightful final surprise. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"This handsome entry will particularly please art-loving parents. (Picture book. 3-8) "
Milan-based Zuffi mines art masterpieces in aid of early learning, leaving his usual audience of adult art lovers behind for this effort. Read full book review >

HOOTENANNY! by Kimberly Ainsworth
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Give this party a miss. (Picture book. 3-5)"
There's a party tonight at the old oak tree, and one, two, three, four, five dancing owls bathe, put on special shoes and hats, collect their instruments and climb up to join the fun. Read full book review >
MULTIPLY ON THE FLY by Suzanne Slade
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 10, 2011

"In trying to do too much, this title may leave readers with too little. (Math picture book. 8-10)"
Rhyming verse presents buggy word problems that can all be solved using multiplication. Read full book review >
LET'S COUNT TO 100! by Masayuki Sebe
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Painless counting practice hidden in a seek-and-find format—what could be better? (Math picture book. 3-7)"
While the 1000+ tiny images herein may seem overwhelming at first glance, Sebe's latest is actually a great lesson in counting and in grouping by tens…all wrapped up in a seek-and-find format filled with amusing characters. Read full book review >

MYSTERY MATH by David A. Adler
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A solid foundation for beginners or re-teaching tool for those who are struggling. (Math picture book. 6-10)"
Adler and Miller have once again turned out a thorough explanation of a math concept in a neat package (Fractions, Decimals, and Percents, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I'M FIVE by Valorie Fisher
ABC BOOKS
Released: July 26, 2011

"Cheerful, if not exactly essential, fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Fisher packs a lot—if not exactly everything, or perhaps not even some of the most important things—into this compendium of basic concepts for young children: letters, numbers up to 20, colors, shapes, opposites, seasons. Read full book review >
RALPH MASIELLO'S ROBOT DRAWING BOOK by Ralph Masiello
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: July 1, 2011

"Brainstorming—a book that ought to launch a thousand robots. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Masiello elegantly and joyfully taps into a thankfully enduring artistic tradition: the step-by-step technique that walks readers by hand through the creation of an image on paper. Read full book review >
TÍA ISA WANTS A CAR by Meg Medina
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2011

"A pleasant tale of determination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Tía Isa dreams of buying a big car, green like the ocean that surrounds the island that she, her brother Andrés and their niece left to move to the United States. Read full book review >
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: May 12, 2011

"A classy, well-turned piece of work. (Picture book. 3-5)"
American English, as a language, has much to answer for, not least being irregular plural nouns—foot, feet; mouse, mice; goose, geese—but this cut-above counting book explicates them by wedding the numbers two to ten to plurals while the number one introduces the singular of each. Read full book review >
ONES AND TWOS by Marthe Jocelyn
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: May 10, 2011

"A worthy contribution to any toddler bookshelf…and hopefully just the beginning of a long partnership. (Picture book. 2-5)"
With their first collaborative effort, this mother-daughter team proves that they are a duo to watch. Read full book review >
HIDE AND SHEEP by Andrea Beaty
ANIMALS
Released: May 3, 2011

"Beaty's amusing text teamed with Mayer's humorous artwork is one frolicking romp through numbers and naughtiness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Farmer McFitt has lost his flock of mischievous sheep in this comical, rhymed counting book that features densely detailed illustrations that beg for repeat visits. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >