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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

{Book Review} Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 by Ami Rubinger

Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10
by Ami Rubinger
Publisher: Abbeville Kids
Released: March 29th 2011
Genre: Children's: Counting, Picture Book
How I got it: NetGalley

Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 takes readers through a world of playful pups that love to count! Each spread's rhyming text leaves out the last word, allowing little ones to chime in and shout out the missing number. The amusing illustrations provide countable clues for the numbers that have been left out. With Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10, accomplished illustrator Ami Rubinger once again turns his humorous and imaginative eye to an otherwise simple subject. This is Rubinger's third rhyme-completion book, a technique that teaches children about concepts like counting with a fun, fill-in-the-blank challenge that encourages participation. His colorful, computer-generated canines will make little faces smile, and the rhyming game will have them counting from one to ten, again and again.

Review: I liked the concept of this book, the rhymes were playful and having kids finish each one with the number was a great idea. Again I got this book to read with my son and the end where you count the cats by two was a little more advanced than he knows. I'd say this was more for kindergarten and first grade than Pre-K. As we read this, C kept saying "that dog is weird." He wasn't a fan of the illustrations at all and as we got closer to ten I had to agree.  Eight and Nine in particular were a bit freaky in my opinion.

Page view from Abbyville Press the publisher
 Yet they are colorful and eye catching so this might appeal to other kids. He did enjoy the rhymes, and it kept him entertained which is a feat since he doesn't like to sit still for books. All in all a fun and creative way to learn to count.

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