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
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >