From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–Delessert pairs numbers with food in this focus on counting. His familiar gray creatures, tinged with warm hues, are first depicted as 10 ravenous children; they surround an enormous black table, which they've started to devour. Then, pieces of luscious fruit begin to appear: one banana…five apricots…six plums. No gimmicks, no subplots, just close-ups of rapturous beings interacting with delectable produce against a clean white background. Seven ripe strawberries form an inviting pyramid; nine life-size pears tumble out of a basket and cascade across two pages. The watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations trick viewers into believing they can feel the textures. The final spreads portray a menagerie of ecstatic eaters, and, ultimately, an orderly lineup of satisfied friends, posed like preschoolers after a snack. The numbers appear in numeric and textual form throughout. A sweet celebration of quantity and quality.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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About the Author
With almost 100 children's books, artist and author Etienne Delessert has established a reputation as one of the fathers of modern children's picture books. Through such books as Dance!, I Hate to Read!, The Seven Dwarfs, and Who Killed Cock Robin?, he has won gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and twice garnered the Graphics Prize from