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Countablock

by Christopher Franceschelli
 
Following on the heels of a successful abecedary, Countablock features thick pages cut into the shape of each numeral, creating a peek-through guessing game around the number form itself. One acorn becomes . . . one oak tree! From snowmen to puddles and eggs to chicks, quantities are illustrated twice: both before and after their

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Following on the heels of a successful abecedary, Countablock features thick pages cut into the shape of each numeral, creating a peek-through guessing game around the number form itself. One acorn becomes . . . one oak tree! From snowmen to puddles and eggs to chicks, quantities are illustrated twice: both before and after their “transformations.” As children interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the numbers 1–100 and associated quantities, but with each numeral’s physicality—angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. Die-cut numerals include 1–10, and 20–100 by tens. Illustrated by hip British design team Peskimo, this fresh take on the 1-2-3s encourages readers to manipulate numbers in a whole new way.

Note: illustrations are in the style of vintage screen prints, with imperfect variations in color and texture.

Award:
NAPPA Silver Award Winner

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/11/2014
Franceschelli and U.K. design team Peskimo follow 2013’s Alphablock with this equally clever numerical companion, which counts to 10 before leapfrogging up to 100 in increments of 10. Each featured number gets two spreads that have a certain cause-and-effect relationship, with diecut numerals giving a peek at what’s to come. Early on, two smiley snowmen in winter become (sad, but true) “two puddles” during warmer weather, and subtle humorous touches keep things lively (“forty eggs become... thirty-nine chicks and one dinosaur”). Stylish silkscreenlike illustrations and opportunities for both counting and guessing what happens next should keep copies of this chunky book well-loved. Ages 1–4. (Aug.)
Publishers' Weekly

"Stylish silkscreenlike illustrations and opportunities for both counting and guessing what happens next should keep copies of this chunky book well-loved."
Shelf Awareness - Jennifer M. Brown

"A terrific companion to Alphablock that counts from one to 10, and up by 10s to 100, using cause and effect."
"More please!"
School Library Journal
09/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—This follow-up to Franceschelli and Peskimo's Alphablock (Abrams, 2013) explores numbers with similar skill and creative verve. With board pages featuring cutouts in the shape of the numbers, each spread introduces items or characters with the following spread showing their sometimes unexpected growth or transformation. "One acorn becomes… one oak tree!," "four babies become… four children!," and "Forty eggs become…thirty-nine chicks and one dinosaur!." The text is peppered with memorable associations for each number and is appropriate for sharing with preschoolers and older children alike. Children will enjoy exploring details of the illustrations highlighting the numbers 1 through 10, with 20–100 counted by 10s. The clever, nostalgic art is reminiscent of Sara Gillingham's work in Stephen Krensky's I Know a Lot (Abrams, 2013), and the title provides an unusual exploration of concepts appropriate for many age levels.—Sarah Westeren, Richland Library, Columbia, SC
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-29
Shaped pages help youngsters count to 10 and beyond. Two stylish double-page spreads are devoted to each number one through 10 and then, counting by 10s, to 100. In the first spread, the right-hand side is a page-high, die-cut numeral that spills off the page; to its left, a squirrel holds an acorn. With the turn of the page, there's a transformation. "One acorn becomes… / one oak tree!" A portion of the object, animal or person being altered is visible through the die-cut openings; a sand castle peeks through the "0" of the number 10, for instance. Once the page is turned, the background from the previous left-hand page merges with the full double-page spread. As in the earlier Alphablock (2013), the helpfulness of these visual hints is uneven. After 10, 20 caterpillars become 20 butterflies, 30 baskets of cucumbers become 30 jars of pickles, and 40 eggs become 39 chicks and one dinosaur. The whole shebang ends with 100 puzzle pieces fitting together into "one big puzzle!" in the book's only double gatefold. Peskimo's muted color palette and droll cartoon style works well with the playful concept. The same worries about the binding that arose with Alphablock are an issue here, but the conceit will likely appeal to older children anyway. An inventive and extensive counting experience that will delight youngsters. (Board book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419713743
Publisher:
Abrams Appleseed
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Series:
Alphablock Series
Pages:
94
Sales rank:
83,003
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.30(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

Meet the Author


Christopher Franceschelli is a seasoned publisher, editor, and creator of children’s books. He currently runs Chronicle’s Handprint imprint and the SmartInk packaging company. A born and raised New Yorker, Franceschelli lives with his family in Brooklyn. Peskimo is a husband-and-wife illustration and design team. They live in Bristol, England.

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