A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids can practice counting and learn the alphabet (A is for aligator, for example), identifying animals, objects, people, letters, and words.
Letters are valuable and so are numbers. It's fun (and useful) to count things and know the alphabet. Letters and numbers (like people) can work together and solve problems.
Positive Role Models
Both the letter A and the number 1 are upbeat characters trying to figure out if this is a book about numbers or letters. They are friendly, open-minded, and enthusiastic as they try to sort out the answer.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 123 Versus ABC mixes humor and a friendly competition between letters and numbers to equal one very original picture book about counting and reading. Lively illustrations and snappy dialogue between the rivals provide a fun, engaging experience for young readers and parents alike.
Is It Any Good?
123 VERSUS ABC is a fresh, imaginative take on those two classroom classics: counting and learning the alphabet. Loaded with humor and action as people, animals, and other things keep adding up, it's a fast-paced, never static adventure with lots to discover on each spread, such as finding why 18 robots are wearing 19 sombreros (one is wearing two). Author-illustrator Mike Boldt's funny, colorful illustrations are as entertaining as his amusing text.
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