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The Numberlys

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Imaginative tale of inventing alphabet fosters creativity.

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THE NUMBERLYS is a delightful take on the creation of the alphabet by friends who get tired of the status quo and decide to rejigger it. As a book dedicated to the memory of German filmmaker Fritz Lang, the book's black-and-white and color multimedia illustrations, with their sharp, lean lines and futuristic, industrial style, give a clear nod to his masterpiece Metropolis, the art deco movement, and German expressionism. But all that high art aside, it's a fun, imaginative book that will get kids thinking about where letters come from and how creativity works, with an appreciation for taking risks in art.

Art-leaning kids will get a kick out the idea of making numbers out of nothing, and parents can appreciate the book's finer art heritage as well as the simple message that resonates with any budding learner of the alphabet.

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