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NUMBERS by Roger Priddy


From the First Concepts series

by Roger Priddy & illustrated by Roger Priddy

Age Range: 0 - 3

Pub Date: April 24th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-312-51378-8
Publisher: Priddy Books

This interactive concept book provides some visually appealing but poorly constructed images.

Numbers one to 10 are presented individually through an array of flaps, tabs and sliders. Large type boldly spells out the word across the page, but the numeral is sometimes part of the text and sometimes incorporated into the photographic illustration (a tube of paint squirts out a large, red 2, for instance). The final number, 10, displayed as a miniature pasted-in folio of the previously featured illustrations, bends and separates too easily from its background. Manipulative elements often work double duty. The tab for number two pulls out to reveal two red handprints; the backside of the slider showcases three airplanes zooming through the sky for the following number. Though each number and the corresponding objects to count are identifiable, the inconsistency and presentation make this a poor choice for the board-book audience. The cover features some surprising design choices; the claim that the book is “early learning fun for the very young” is belied by its format, and the red, blue and green colored pencils appear a better fit for the companion Colors, with its Crayola-inspired palette.

Though creative, this selection doesn't shine. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)