Picture Book Recommendation: WUMBERS

Cover of Wumbers

“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


There is a comprehensive activity guide on Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s website.

The Webrangers page of National Park Service has an interactive area with a secret code that George Washington may have used.

Mrs. Gilchrist’s Class has a Secret Code Spelling sheet that kids can use to send messages back and forth.

Instead of using numbers in words, have kids create their own Number Portrait with this colorful craft from First Palette.

Perfect Picture Book List on Susanna Leonard Hill’s Blog

Bibliographic Info:

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustr8or: Tom Lichtenheld Ages: 5 & up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1452110220
ISBN-13: 978-1452110226


Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

9 thoughts on “Picture Book Recommendation: WUMBERS”

  1. I new this book was coming out. Love how Amy breaks the rules, yet present a great book. Would recognize Tom Lichtenheld’s illustrations anywhere — love his work. This must be a great book. Like you activities.

    1. Very creative. I reviewed another of her books, Plant a Kiss, a while back. I’m starting to find that I favor certain authors when it comes to my Perfect Picture Book selections.

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