6584013_origOh my!  The creativity that I found in this book is absolutely amazing!  For a mind to think up this fun and unique story, to illustrate with such delightful intention, is just beyond my imagination.  Yet it made every creative juice I have begin to flow!  This book reads vertically, horizontally and vertically again.  It is in browns, grays, sepia tones at first, then gradually adding colors to dominate the pages.

“Once upon a time there was no alphabet.  Only numbers.   Everyone liked numbers.  They had nice shapes and kept things orderly.  Everything added up…so life was sort of…numberly.”  The book is read on the vertical at this point.

But five elf-like friends thought they needed “MORE.”  They were “TIRED OF THE SAME OLD THING.”  In trying to create something “DIFFERENT,” they struggled.  They did not give up though; their creativity just increased.  The book turns to the horizontal now.  Letters began to take shape.  Color comes into their world.  The more alphabet, the more color…then the book goes vertical again.  New and fun things begin to happen.  And I must, oh I must! leave you on that note because you really HAVE TO read and devour this book!  Such a cool, imaginative book!  I just love it!

Reading Level: 3 – 7 Years

William Joyce is a busy man…creating films, apps, even participating in Olympic curling, but he really loves children’s books (The Numberlys, The Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Toothiana, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film).  He has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books.  He lives with his family in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He and his creative passions can be found @ http://www.williamjoyce.com/

Christina Ellis is an illustrator, telling fantastic stories through her characters and their worlds. Christina joined Moonbot Studios after studying illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design. She lives in Shreveport, Louisiana also.  The Numberlys is her picture book debut.   She has a website @ http://www.skellopia.com/

Book Information

  • ISBN-13: 9781442473430
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Moonbot Books
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 56
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

9479722_orig1514005_origOriginal review 9-24-2014


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