Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
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