Perfect Picture Book Friday! 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar

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

Theme/Topic- Numbers
Genre- Fiction
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.

Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that’s true, 6’s days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don’t add up.
It’s odd.
Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem . . . or is 6 next in line to be subtracted?”

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- has a nice list of number-activities for preschoolers HERE! 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!

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12 replies

  1. So, so clever. Can’t wait to see it! Thanks for featuring this one. 🙂

  2. This sounds like an awesome read and the illustrations are brilliant. Love to get this one in our libraries. Thanks Erik.

  3. Almost missed your review. Kids will have fun with Tara’s new book. It would pair nicely with “Emergency,” will artwork by by Tom Lichtenheld. Great review.

  4. Hi Erik. Thanks for a great look at this book! I love Tara’s work and am looking forward to reading this in its entirety!

  5. I must not be getting your emails. Missed last two posts.

    Tara’s books are always great. Would have loved to reviewed this clever PB.

  6. Super punny. I can’t wait to get my hands ion this!

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