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
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.
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.