Numbers and Counting Book Reviews

TWELVE HAUNTED ROOMS OF HALLOWEEN by Macky Pamintuan
FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"This peek-and-find story is sure to please. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Should readers tag along with an amiable bear into a haunted house? Absolutely! Read full book review >
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 >
10 by Marion Bataille
FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Packaged in a die-cut red slipcase and, if not so spectacular and diverse in its special effects as the author's ABC3D (2008), still an ingenious little gem. (Pop-up picture book. 4-6, adult)"
Clever paper engineering delivers a count-up that is simultaneously a countdown. 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 >
LITTLE GOBLINS TEN by Pamela Jane
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Truly satisfying. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Numerous titles interpreting "Over in the Meadow" have been published, but trust the team of Jane and Manning to conjure up an impressive new vision in time for Halloween. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >