A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Numberlys promotes engagement with numbers and letters, but in a way that's meant to entertain more than educate.
Positive messages about the rewards of creativity and process, and the joy and wonderment associated with discovery in art-making. It also promotes a positive view of changing things up, even when it goes against the grain of the orderly status quo.
Positive Role Models
Characters are simplistic, but depicted as hardworking, creative, and group-oriented.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that William Joyce's The Numberlys is an imaginative chronicle of a group of friends who create the alphabet in a land once ruled by stuffy numbers. It's a great book for highlighting the process of making art, the getting-your-hands-dirty aspect of creation, and the thrill of discovering new things through work and creative spark. The book is based on the engaging, award-winning Numberlys app.
Is It Any Good?
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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