Perfect Picture Book Friday! 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar

3 Jun

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun story involving numbers and word play!

7 Ate 9: The Untold Story
Written by Tara Lazar
Illustrated by Ross MacDonald
32 pages – ages 4+

Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 16, 2017

Theme/Topic- Numbers
Genre- Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “I was dozing in my chair when an urgent banging on my office door bolted me awake.

‘7 is coming to get me,’ said 6.”

Synopsis from Publisher:

 “6 has a problem.

Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that’s true, 6’s days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don’t add up.
It’s odd.
Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem . . . or is 6 next in line to be subtracted?”

What I Thought- This is a great picture book collaboration from two great picture book creators! Lazar has a wacky sense for writing scenes kids will love, and MacDonald knows just how to bring those scenes to life. Lazar cleverly weaves the story with plenty of fun play-on-words, puns, idioms, irony, etc.  The illustrations utilize a lot of white-space, creating an old-timey feel; perfect for the detective-themed book.

The end pages are even really cool.

The story could teach kids a little bit about identifying numbers, and could introduce them to detective/private-eye stories too! The story is fun to read and I think adults will get a chuckle out of it as well as kids. I really like this picture book, and hope to see more from this great duo!

Activities and Resources- has a nice list of number-activities for preschoolers HERE! also has a good list of number activities HERE!

Check out the book’s trailer!

Want to learn more? Visit Tara Lazar’s website!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

12 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story by Tara Lazar”

  1. jama June 3, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

    So, so clever. Can’t wait to see it! Thanks for featuring this one. 🙂


  2. Diane Tulloch June 4, 2017 at 1:47 am #

    This sounds like an awesome read and the illustrations are brilliant. Love to get this one in our libraries. Thanks Erik.


  3. Patricia Tilton June 4, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    Almost missed your review. Kids will have fun with Tara’s new book. It would pair nicely with “Emergency,” will artwork by by Tom Lichtenheld. Great review.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks June 8, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

      I don’t know that book, but I will assuredly look into it! Thank you for the recommendation! 🙂


  4. Penny Parker Klostermann June 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi Erik. Thanks for a great look at this book! I love Tara’s work and am looking forward to reading this in its entirety!


  5. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews June 5, 2017 at 2:00 am #

    I must not be getting your emails. Missed last two posts.

    Tara’s books are always great. Would have loved to reviewed this clever PB.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks June 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

      I hope WordPress’ glitch is figured out now. Ms. Lazar wrote a great PB, and I hope you end up getting a chance to read it. 🙂


  6. Joanna June 6, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    Super punny. I can’t wait to get my hands ion this!


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