“Come for a walk up Numerical Street. Find something scaly, or meaty, or sweet .… Starting with one, begin in the park: Count up the street and get home before dark.”
Each time you turn the page there is something numerical to be found. Look at signs, clocks, the number of objects, numbers on letterboxes - you’ll soon pick it up and be peering closely at everything.
Travel up the street and visit each location, denoted by each new page spread, to delve into it further. The rhyming text is full of humour and clever turns of phrases. This is everyday life depicted on the page. There’s the mechanic, hairdresser, and chemist, along with many other recognisable businesses like the locksmith, pet shop, and laundromat. There’s even a construction site.
Each page spread is a different scene, created in digital collage. Even if you can’t feel it, it looks tactile. Even the food in the bakery looks good enough to eat, with custard tarts, meringues, sausage rolls and other edible goodies.
Numerical Street is a fabulous story that is heaps of fun to read and educational to boot.
Title: Numerical Street
Author: Hilary Bell
Illustrator: Antonia Pesenti
Publisher: New South Books, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: November 2015
For ages: 3-8 years
Type: Picture Book