AMONG THE ODD AND EVENS by Priscilla Turner


A Tale of Adventure
Age Range: 6 - 8
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The creators of The War Between the Vowels and the Consonants (1996) follow up with an equally bombastic excursion to the land of Wontoo, whose number-shaped inhabitants are either orderly and even-tempered, or fond of odd dress and behavior. Stranded travelers from the Land of Letters, X and Y wander about making shocked observations—“ ‘By Jove, X! How did we not notice this earlier? . . . Evens have only Even children. Yet two Odd parents also seem to have only Even children.’ ”—but by the end, admitting to each other that they’ve “gone native,” they marry and settle down to raise mixed-symbol families. The illustrations pose button-eyed digits with stick limbs and wisps of clothing in a jellybean-colored town, coexisting peaceably and greeting their visitors’ incredulity with polite smiles. It’s a clever way to validate cultural differences as well as introduce some number concepts, but children are not likely to understand just what the Letters’ parochialism and exaggerated pomposity are lampooning. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 1999
ISBN: 0-374-30343-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1999