Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Book Review - 123 Caterpillar

123 Caterpillar
Illustrated by Calino
Board Book, 24 full-color illustrations
Publisher: Abbeville Press

Description
The compact caterpillar unfolds to become two fun number exercises for youngsters: on one side, the numbered panels of the caterpillars body open to reveal countable groups (from 1 bicycle all the way up to 8 spider legs, 9 ladybug spots, and 10 fingers) and the spelled-out name of the number. On the reverse, each car of a train carries a countable cargo--1 teddy bear, 2 trucks, 3 cows. A sturdy slipcase protects the book from wear and tear.

Review
Kiddo and I absolutely loved this accordion-style board book. The bold and colorful illustrations are fun and utterly captivate children (and me as well, I confess!). The added bonus of drawings on both sides means the little ones have the double the fun. Once he got over the initial surprise of the panel flaps lifting to reveal a number with matching illustration hidden underneath, Kiddo wanted nothing more than to play peek-a-boo(k) with them!

This book is beautifully illustrated by Calino, a painter and graphic designer who lives in Paris. The artist's drawings closely resemble children's art efforts and thus resonates with them on a personal level

Upon unfolding entirely the caterpillar is quite long and I love how it folds up compactly enough in its slipcase to go even in my small purse. This is an added bonus as I always carry some entertainment of the literary variety for me, and now my son, in my tote or purse.

In Short
Call it "edutainment" or "entercation", this board book is destined for the keeper shelf.

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2 comments :

  1. Thank you for this!
    I think accordion style books are great! ill have to go have a look for this.

    Cheers,
    Jenna

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  2. My pleasure, Jenna. Hope you enjoy it!

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