Review: Wumbers

Posted on July 25, 2012


Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Chronicle Books
May 2012
40 pages

Dedicated to William Steig,  Wumbers employs his style of wordplay to create fun with numbers. There is also a hint of rebus to this book because the action-packed illustrations help young readers solve the puzzles of words made up of numbers. As in Steig’s  CDB! and CDC? there is no story here. A story would have limited Rosenthal’s freedom to use a variety of words in number form. Instead a series of scenes are described with captions and dialogue using words that contain numbers in place of letters, such as “10t” and “4ever”. The result is a page-turning, brain teaser that shows kids how to sound out words. Wumbers involves readers in a game with words and numbers, which will inspire them to create their own wumbers.

Copyright (c) 2012 by Peggy Tibbetts

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