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Saturday 19 October 2013

Review: Pop-Up Numbers

Thames and Hudson have done it again with this divine pop-up book by Courtney Watson McCarthy, featuring numbers galore.

There's just something about pop-up books that enchant and delight kids of every age (and the odd adult, too--I'm particularly obsessed).

To open this book and see a riot of colourful swirls with numbers on the end is enough to send my head spinning--imagine what it would do to a five-year-old.

But there's more than just really clever paper engineering going on here. If you have a reluctant numbers kid, this will utterly convert them. Even I was keen to discover how many triangles can be found on the first page. And yes, I also wanted to add up all the sides of the triangles, too.

Kids are asked a series of questions (if they can pull their eyes away from the colourful pop-ups, lift-the-flaps and slide windows) that will have them keen for a challenge. How many numbers can you find? How much to the red numbers add up to?

Bright, dynamic and great for mental stimulation. Oh -- and lots of fun.

Title: Pop-Up Numbers
Author/Illustrator: Courtney Watson McCarthy
Publisher: Thames + Hudson, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2013
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780500650219
For ages: 3 - 10
Type: Picture Book, Pop-up Book