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The Numberlys    by William Joyce & Christina Ellis order for
by William Joyce
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

'Once upon a time there was no alphabet. Only numbers. Everyone liked numbers. They had nice shapes and kept things orderly. And everything added up ... so life was sort of ... numberly.'

But then five friends decided to shake things up. They wanted something different. They went to work and created letters. It took a while but the end result was pretty special. And, with letters came words. Now the real fun began!

This is a very unusual and clever picture book, but it may not work as well with young children as with older youngsters and adults. Highly creative in layout and graphics, this book will probably win a few awards (as it should) but that doesn't mean it is right for all readers. I'd be tempted to use this book in a high school art or graphics class or with older folks I was trying to get to think outside the box and be more creative.

Collectors of unusual children's books will also want to add this title to their libraries.

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