Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to this book about Numbers!
Welcome to this book about Letters!
Wait. . . .
Numbers and Letters both want to be the stars of this book! And when one alligator (that starts with an A!) and two bears (2 of them!) and three cars (1, 2, 3! A, B, C!) begin to show up, the havoc that ensues is as joyous a romp as a counting book . . . that is, an ABC book . . . has ever been. With vivid illustrations from author-illustrator Mike Boldt, this fresh and funny picture book plays with numbers and letters in the most imaginative way.
"Numbers and letters struggle for dominance of Boldt's debut, which joins recent combative abecedaries like Z Is for Moose and A Is for Musk Ox. 'Hello!' says an anthropomorphic blue numeral one, greeting readers with a smile. 'I'm so glad you chose to read this book about Numbers!' Simultaneously, an orange 'A' walks in from the other side of the spread. 'Hi! I'm so happy you chose to read this book about Letters!' A giant 'WHAT?!!' of disbelief follows, and the 1 and A use new arrivals like a single green alligator to support their claims. 'That settles it then. Since there is 1 Alligator, this is a book about Numbers,' announces 1. 'Did you hear what you just said?' responds A. 'Alligator. That starts with the letter A.' Two bears arrive in three cars (with four dinosaurs), and chaos mounts as 13 monkeys in 14 neckties juggle 15 oranges, and so on. Boldt's illustrations have a dimensional, painterly quality that recalls Adam Rex's work, and the absurd scenarios, strong-willed personalities, and visual gags will have kids laughing from A to 26. Ages 4 8. Agent: Jennifer RofÃ©, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Mike Boldt's bright and playful picture book asks a big question: Which is more important, numbers or letters?
Numbers and letters, the colorful characters in this story, compete to be the stars of this book. Their debate escalates when funny animals and props arrive—starting with 1 alligator, 2 bears, and 3 cars. Who is this book really about?
In the end, the answer is clear. This fresh and funny picture book plays with both numbers and letters in the most imaginative way.
About the Author
Mike Boldt is the author-illustrator of 123 versus ABC
, which promises laughs "from A to 26," according to Publishers Weekly
. Mike roams the beautiful Alberta prairies, where he wrangles colors, shapes, numbers, and letters into picture books.
Mike Boldt is the author-illustrator of 123 versus ABC, which promises laughs "from A to 26," according to Publishers Weekly. Mike roams the beautiful Alberta prairies, where he wrangles colors, shapes, numbers, and letters into picture books.