Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Fall 2012 Picture Books
Ages: 4 & Up
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 978-1452110226
Hardcover Price: $16.99

If you like playing with words, then you will definitely be interested in Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Wumbers, a book that introduces the game of creating Wumbers. Rosenthal, the author of Duck, Rabbit!, has once again crafted a clever, conceptual picture book. Wumbers playfully combine letters and numbers to create familiar words. The book itself is less a story than it is a demonstration of Rosenthal's original spelling technique. Tom Lichtenheld illustrates each playful scenario in the book. On one page, a grinning boy "is el8ed" because he "lost his first 2th!" In another scene, a pair of children look at a man's "2can ta2."

Children are encouraged to create their own Wumbers. Rosenthal's publisher, Chronicle Books, offers further activities online. Once you and your children have read Wumbers, you'll want to keep cre8ing your own Wumbers, 2!

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