Night Time Numbers: A Scary Counting Book



Nighttime book is more fun than fright.

What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Nonscary ghosts, witches, and goblins.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that children will love the engaging story line, and even nonreaders will be eager to participate in the "ghost hunt."

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What's the story?

Parents and children can--literally--count on monsters growling, black cats snarling, and wolves howling in this charming story book. But rest assured, the story ends with the presence of angels all around, protecting young readers from nightmares, creatures under the bed, and all those other things that go bump in the night.


Is it any good?


This book successfully uses kids' attraction to creepy things to tell an engaging bedtime tale -- and reinforce the concepts of counting and basic addition in the process. What child isn't fascinated by skeletons, spiders, and the other scary folk usually associated with Halloween? Once the "nightmare monsters" -- including bats, goblins, and witches -- are located and accounted for, the child (and yours) can rest, knowing that goodness (in the form of angels, and her mother) is all around, keeping the sleeping child safe from harm.

Although the multitextured collages can be a bit abstract, most children can easily identify (and, with help, count) the creatures from page to page. From the very first page (when the mother asks her child, "What do you see in the backyard tonight?") young children of all ages are enthralled.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about counting. Take the lead question in the story, and try a counting ritual of your own.

Book details

Author:Susan L. Roth
Illustrator:Susan L. Roth
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Barefoot Books
Publication date:January 1, 2000
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):2 - 4

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