One Too Many: A Seek and Find Counting Book

One Too Many: A Seek and Find Counting Book

by Gianna Marino, Chronicle Books Staff
     
 

In this boisterous barnyard, the fun grows with each turn of the page. One bouncing flea is joined by two cows, then three horses, and so on, all the way up to twelve swooping bats. Children will delight in following the shimmering path of the flea, counting each bounce along the way to find the new arrival. Older readers can take the challenge further, counting

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In this boisterous barnyard, the fun grows with each turn of the page. One bouncing flea is joined by two cows, then three horses, and so on, all the way up to twelve swooping bats. Children will delight in following the shimmering path of the flea, counting each bounce along the way to find the new arrival. Older readers can take the challenge further, counting all the animals on the page, or hunting for their favorite. And a surprise ending reveals which animal is just one too many! This frisky hodgepodge is sure to have the whole herd roaring with laughter and pouring over the pages for hours.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A single flea bounces between farm animals that gather around a trough, its trajectory traced in a thin silver line. Two cows first appear, and the flea bounces off one’s head. Marino renders the growing menagerie in black and white gouache, which boldly contrasts against the pale background. Amid the growing chaos—goats and sheep chew each others’ ears, mice and bats invade—the flea goes mostly unnoticed, until one stinky addition makes the animals disperse. Marino offers additional challenges for eagle-eyed readers, but most will simply enjoy the horseplay. Ages 4-8. (May)
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KIRKUS REVIEWS
A bouncy flea (surprisingly not the one too many of the title) helps readers keep count of a barnyard full of animals. As the various beasts congregate around the watering trough throughout the day, the flea takes a bounce on each species that arrives. A silvery trail helps readers follow the hops. A single numeral (from 1 to 12) in the upper right-hand corner represents the number of species present as well as the number of newcomer animals. With its seven-word text and farm-animal theme, this is a good match for younger children with the patience for seek-and-find games. Marino's illustrations are marvelously striking, positioning animals that are largely black and white, with a bit of sepia, against blue sky (that modulates to pink and then to night) and sandy barnyard. While the silvery flea trail will help youngsters identify the kind of animal they need to count, the black-and-white palette ups the seek-and-find ante, especially as the trough gets increasingly crowded. This, along with the additional challenges listed in the back, makes this one a rare counting book with wide appeal.

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Marino's naturalistic illustrations are done in gouache in this remarkable counting book....Young readers will find much to discover as they revisit the book time after time.

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
There is no text on these double pages, only a number from one to twelve on each, with an ever more challenging search as the creatures numbered keep moving along into the next spread. The single flea joins two cows; they in turn move in with three horses. By the time a skunk arrives at the incredibly crowded scene after twelve bats, it is indeed one too many! The characters all scatter, as the flea that has bounced from page to page ends in the barn with one of each. For this visual tour-de-force, Marino uses chiefly black-and-white gouache with touches of red for the chickens and brown for the bats. The inside of the ark may have looked something like this congestion. As we count from page to page, we can note the many interactions, changing poses and positions as the naturalistic characters with very expressive faces seek more comfortable situations. Marino identifies them all and then adds extra seek-and-find challenges "to keep the fun going." Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this nearly wordless book, one flea leaves a silver arc as it leaps to the watering trough in an empty barnyard at sunrise. Then two cows drink as the flea leaps twice. As the day progresses, each full-color spread shows more animals gathering around the watering trough—three horses, four goats, five sheep, six pigs, and seven bunnies. All of them are black and white with touches of gray or taupe. Eight geese, nine chickens, ten mice, eleven flies, and twelve bats crowd the spreads in turn, interacting with each other and shifting positions with puzzlelike complexity. At sunset a skunk—clearly one too many—comes for a drink and sprays the others, emptying the barnyard. Marino's naturalistic illustrations are done in gouache in this remarkable counting book. On the final spread, the artist challenges youngsters to find the pig whose ears are nibbled, the animals with their eyes closed, and the total number of animals on each spread. Young readers will find much to discover as they revisit the book time after time.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
A bouncy flea (surprisingly not the "one too many" of the title) helps readers keep count of a barnyard full of animals. As the various beasts congregate around the watering trough throughout the day, the flea takes a bounce on each species that arrives. A silvery trail helps readers follow the hops. A single numeral (from 1 to 12) in the upper right-hand corner represents the number of species present as well as the number of newcomer animals. With its seven-word text and farm-animal theme, this is a good match for younger children with the patience for seek-and-find games. Marino's illlustrations are marvelously striking, positioning animals that are largely black and white, with a bit of sepia, against blue sky (that modulates to pink and then to night) and sandy barnyard. While the silvery flea trail will help youngsters identify the kind of animal they need to count, the black-and-white palette ups the seek-and-find ante, especially as the trough gets increasingly crowded. This, along with the additional challenges listed in the back, makes this one a rare counting book with wide appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811869089
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
03/24/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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