From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This counting book begins with a single fly in some soup. He is joined by a second one and a third until the bowl is brimming with 10 flies. Suddenly the chef, a large lizard, arrives and eats up most of the soup. The bugs flee, but the chef chases them, hoping to have them for dessert. As soon as they leave, a sneaky spider emerges and enjoys "soup for one." The humorous text is brief, with only one rhyming couplet per page. Each verse ends with a number, so the rhymes are fairly predictable, like, "Oh, good heavens!/Not soup for seven!" The vocabulary is simple enough for beginning readers, and the novel premise and charming illustrations will keep youngsters engaged. The large text is printed on full-color illustrations. Long's bugs are drawn with simple lines, big round eyes, and lots of personality. The artist uses a clever combination of photo images and digital drawings to create the backgrounds, so the soup spoon and saltine cracker look realistic, while the flies look like cartoons, heightening the humor by the contrast. The simple rhymes and engaging illustrations make this a good pick for those looking for a fresh concept book.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Long's (Chamelia) singsong couplets with their counting-themed rhymes invite chiming in…The cartoony bug characters an abundance of visual humor…Straightforward but entertaining fare"
Tucson Citizen/King Features
"The colorful illustrations and amusing story will encourage young readers to learn to count to ten. This creative and whimsical book is highly recommended."
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“Loaded with great fun, this imaginative counting book is terrific in every way.”
Scholastic Parent & Child magazine
“Lots of silly fun.”
Good Reads With Ronna blog
"A treat to read … Long has created an engaging story that is part counting book and part whimsical mystery … There are so many ways to delight your child as you make a game and count to ten … this picture book works on so many levels.”
Cole, Age 5
"I like this book. I like the pictures and fun counting. Some of it looks real. It is a good book."