Thursday, June 21, 2012

Puzzles in Picture Books

WUMBERS by Amy Krouse Rosenthal with illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle Books, 2012.

I adore the William Steig books C D B! and the sequels. Rosenthal and Lichteheld team up to create a book that uses numbers the way Steig used letters (and he is acknowledged in the dedication to the book). So Tom Lichtenyheld is the illustr8or and Rosenthal has wri10 the book. Get it? Clever use of letters and numbers and illustrations await the reader who loves to decode. <341>

OH NO! NOT AGAIN! (OR HOW I BUILT A TIME MACHINE TO SAVE HISTORY) (OR AT LEAST MY HISTORY GRADE) by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Dan Santat. Disney/Hyperion, 2012.

When our intrepid heroine gets an answer wrong on her history test, she constructs a time travelling vehicle intent on going back in time to change history so that her answer will now be correct. Of course, there are going to be complications, right? Bright comic illustrations and minimal text are a perfect way to encourage readers to tell more of the story themselves. This is a companion to OH NO! (OR HOW MY SCIENCE PROJECT DESTROYED THE WORLD) so be certain to recommend both books. <342>

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