Out for the Count: A Counting Adventure

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Tom can't sleep, so his father suggests he try “counting sheep.” He agrees, but soon finds the sheep leading him, and his trusty stuffed-rabbit companion, into a wild woodland that’s anything but restful. Once there, he meets more creatures — mountain goats, pirates, penguins, even vampire bats and tigers. To survive, he hides or races away by car, on foot, or on skis, but always counting. Soon Tom finds himself in the company of 88 ghosts! Chris Riddell’s colorful illustrations bring the action to life, while ...
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Tom can't sleep, so his father suggests he try “counting sheep.” He agrees, but soon finds the sheep leading him, and his trusty stuffed-rabbit companion, into a wild woodland that’s anything but restful. Once there, he meets more creatures — mountain goats, pirates, penguins, even vampire bats and tigers. To survive, he hides or races away by car, on foot, or on skis, but always counting. Soon Tom finds himself in the company of 88 ghosts! Chris Riddell’s colorful illustrations bring the action to life, while Kathryn Cave’s verse narrative wittily documents Tom’s search for sleep and counting skills!

On a night that he can't sleep, Tom begins to count sheep who promptly go to sleep on his bedroom floor except for one that leads him on a variety of numerical adventures.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Both Cave and Riddell Bear Dance display abundant imagination in this unorthodox counting book, which first shows a wide-eyed boy tucked into bed--along with a variety of stuffed toys and animals. Tom can't sleep, so his dad suggests that he count sheep. Following one of them out the door and into the woods, the boy and his now-animated toy rabbit encounter real-life versions of his stuffed menagerie. Among these appearing in randomly numbered groups are 12 wolves, 23 pythons, 45 pirates, 54 penguins, 70 bats and 88 ghosts. Tom eventually tiptoes past 97 sleeping Bengal tigers to his bedroom, where the shadows of all of the creatures appear on the walls. Riddell effectively couples vibrant, full-page pictures with smaller, easy-to-count silhouettes. Though the rhyme and rhythm falter occasionally, Cave's bouncy verse carries Tom through his caper at a bracing clip. Ages 4-8. May
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PreS-Gr 2-- The emphasis here is on adventure; counting is merely an enjoyable by-product. Tom is a young boy who can't sleep, so his father suggests he ``. . . try counting sheep.'' He begins, but the seventh sheep, much sprier than the others, leads him into ``. . . a wood, wild and fearsome.'' There the lad narrowly escapes meetings with wolves, pythons, mountain goats, pirates, penguins, vampire bats, ghosts, and tigers. He survives by shrewdly hiding or speeding far away by car, on foot, or skis. When he is tempted to linger with an amazing assortment of 88 ghosts, his terrified stuffed bunny drags him away. The cumulative tale is told in rhymed verse that flows smoothly when read aloud. Oversized double-page spreads are lively with cheerfully frightening creatures appearing in a variety of sizes, angles, and shapes, creating interest and movement. Centered on each right-hand page is a box of text and easily countable sets of silhouettes. As a bonus, end papers offer a clever board game that begins and ends at Tom's bed. For reading aloud, for careful perusal, and for advanced counting--to 100--this is a book children will return to again and again. But a bedtime story, it's not. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845075392
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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