Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun story involving numbers and word play!
7 Ate 9: The Untold Story
Written by Tara Lazar
Illustrated by Ross MacDonald
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 16, 2017
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “I was dozing in my chair when an urgent banging on my office door bolted me awake.
‘7 is coming to get me,’ said 6.”
Synopsis from Publisher:
“6 has a problem.
What I Thought- This is a great picture book collaboration from two great picture book creators! Lazar has a wacky sense for writing scenes kids will love, and MacDonald knows just how to bring those scenes to life. Lazar cleverly weaves the story with plenty of fun play-on-words, puns, idioms, irony, etc. The illustrations utilize a lot of white-space, creating an old-timey feel; perfect for the detective-themed book.
The end pages are even really cool.
The story could teach kids a little bit about identifying numbers, and could introduce them to detective/private-eye stories too! The story is fun to read and I think adults will get a chuckle out of it as well as kids. I really like this picture book, and hope to see more from this great duo!
Activities and Resources- Handsonaswegrow.com has a nice list of number-activities for preschoolers HERE!
Learning4kids.net also has a good list of number activities HERE!
Check out the book’s trailer!
Want to learn more? Visit Tara Lazar’s website!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!