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CANDY 1 TO 20 by Laurie Wolf


by Laurie Wolf, Pam Abrams, photographed by Bruce Wolf

Age Range: 1 - 4

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4521-0293-1
Publisher: Chronicle

Sometimes it's fun to play with your food.

Colorful candy bites form numerals one to 20 against open white backgrounds. The visual presentation depends on a variety of tantalizing treats. Clearly defined numerals are the only text; each candy selection is strategically placed and recognizable. Five gummy worms make up the 5; 19 M&Ms comprise the 19. Even the cover uses several types of sugary delicacies to form the title. Crisp photos allow readers to see the shiny foil on chocolate kisses and each strand of licorice. Often multiple colors are found, either from candy to candy or within the candy itself, providing additional visual variety. There are a lot of options in the choices presented, though the lack of labels keeps the focus on the numerals, rather than acting as an advertising vehicle for the candy (even the “m”s of the M&Ms are faint and hard to see, abetting the transformation of the familiar into the sweetly surprising).

Mouthwatering. (Board book. 1-4)