“It’s a book. It’s a game. It’s words cre8ed with numbers.”
The “8” above is not a typo. Wumbers is defin8ly a perfect picture book 4 older kids, although little 1s will enjoy it, 2. In fact, even 18ager will enjoy… well, ok, let’s not go 2 far.
Children who normally read chapter books will devour the decoding challenge. They may even be motiv8ed 2 cre8 their own sen10ces with wumbers. Obviously, I was… and I’m an adult.
Parents will appreciate the challenging vocabulary. “Those sure are some orn8 10tacles” is accompanied by an illustration of an octopus with jeweled tentacles. How often do you see the word “ornate” in a picture book? Or even just hear a child use it in everyday conversation? Wumbers is a great way to introduce new words to kids.
As for theme or plot, there is none. The majority of the book is just an compilation of amusing scenes where kids act like kids. Despite the lack of plot, the book still makes a great read aloud.
“Don’t you just love making 4ts?!
I like 10ts, 2!”
Overall, Wumbers is a creative read that will inspire children of all ages to experiment with language.
Numbers, Vocabulary, Words, Codes, Phonics
- Wumbers is gr8t for beginner readers (coolmompicks.com)
- Reading aloud to middle school students to improve their attitudes about reading (udini.proquest.com)
- Top 10 Picture Books to Read Aloud (blogher.com)
- Not Everyone Is Destined To Read Tolstoy (thefurfiles.wordpress.com)
- The Rediscovery of Picture Books (farrarwilliams.wordpress.com)