123 and ABC Books!

There are so many counting and alphabet books out there, but a few new books went straight to my favorite list. The first two books are brand new, and the third was published a year and a half ago. All three are worth checking out.

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, illus. by Kevin Cornell; Disney Press; 16.99; Ages 3-6

Counting monkeys is fun and easy! Right? Not when a horde of wild animals and polite grandmothers enter the picture. Pack with Barnett’s signature humor, this book demands readers do more than count, they must act in order to find those mischievous monkeys!Barnett’s wit and Cornell’s brilliant illustrations bring this counting adventure roaring to life.

123 Versus ABC by Mike Boldt; HarperCollins; 17.99; Ages 3-6

It’s an alphabet book! No, it’s 1 book about numbers! So goes the battle between numbers and letters as an increasing ridiculous host of animals enters the book. By the time 13 monkeys wearing 14 neckties and juggling 15 oranges appear, the numbers and letters have decided to collaborate. Show-stopping illustrations make this book a delight, even for proficient counters and readers!

Z is for Moose by Kelly L. Bingham, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky; Greenwillow Books; 16.99; Ages 3-6

Of all the ABC books out there, Z is for Moose is my favorite. Z is obviously not for Moose, but he is too impatient to wait for his curtain call. After his interruptions disrupt the elephant and other animals, the director decides to go with Mouse for M. Children who already know their alphabet and are just learning to read will find this zany book hilarious.