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Wumbers [Kindle Edition]

Amy Krouse Rosenthal , Tom Lichtenheld
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What do you get when you combine a word and a number? A wumber! Paying tribute to William Steig's CDB!, best-selling book, cre8ors Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have wri10 and illustr8ed this s2pendous book that is 1derful 4 readers in kindergar10 and up. If we've confused you, just take a look at the book—4tun8ly it has helpful pictures. We are sure you will get it ins10tly! Plus, this special Amazon Kindle edition includes hidden Easter eggs, so keep an eye out for them!

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-Rosenthal and Lichtenheld team up again to craft an inspired picture book that encourages cre8tive wordplay. Starting on the endpapers with questions in speech bubbles ("What do you think you'll be like as 18ager?") and continuing through a series of conversations in double-page vignettes, Rosenthal cleverly combines words and numbers ("wumbers") that challenge readers to use their number recognition and phonological skills. Once children grasp the "ba6," they will have a "s2pendous" time figuring out the captions. From a boy and girl enjoying their "10ts" to the smiling child who is "el8ed" because he lost his first "2th," Lichenheld's ink and pastel coloring-book-style drawings supply visual clues to decoding the text. Wumbers takes the concept behind text-messaging shorthand and repurposes it into an interactive read-aloud that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"A great way to think about the sounds our words make - with a fun twist!" -

"Wumbers takes the concept behind text-messaging shorthand and repurposes it into an interactive read-aloud that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy." - School Library Journal

"This book can be the center of family fun" - Chicago Tribune

"Pure fun, from 1 to 80, this book by the creators of Duck! Rabbit! once again makes us see things differently... will launch as many imaginations as the wumber of young people who read this book " - Shelf Awareness for Readers

"Playful!" - The Wall Street Journal

"In short, it's simply 1derful." - Daily Candy Kids

"Clever" - Kirkus Reviews

"Characters have conversations that readers of all skill levels will delight in decoding. " - Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 6657 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (May 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun concept, but it needs a story. July 13, 2012
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Wumbers is almost a really great children's book. The concept of replacing part or all of a word with a number is a fun one. It helps kids reflect on what letters and numbers do in a playful way. And for my pre-readers, it helped them "sound out" some simple words like "4t", since they can "read" a number easier than they can "read" a collection of letters, so it has great potential as an aid to literacy. But in its execution, I thought Wumbers falls short, primarily because it has no story. Each spread is a disconnected scene in which various characters (the cast of characters changes throughout the book as well) have a brief conversation. These episodes have no connection to one another, so it is really like reading a series of independent comic strips, not a continuous story. I enjoyed the illustrations, which are fun and colorful, and some of the episodes are fun or humerous. But my main feeling was one of disappointment at what could have been. I loved E-mergency!, a spectacular book about the role of letters couched in a fun and clever story about an injury to the letter E. And with the same illustrator doing the images in this one, I was excited to give it a try. But it just didn't measure up. It's still a decent book, and I like the concept, but it cries out for a story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun word play with numbers July 3, 2012
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This picture book is a lot of fun. It's based on the idea that you can replace certain sounds in words with their sound alike number equivalents. So investigate becomes investig8; tooth becomes 2th, and so on.

For a skilled reader, it takes a bit of a mind shift to be able to read this book. I imagine it would be really fun with a child who can recognize numbers but can't read well yet. You, the adult, can read the story and point at the number for the child to read outloud. The two of you can decipher it together.

My teenager says it is great for giving her texting tips. I'm not sure how often she will be texting words like enligh10ment or longi2ude, but the principles are the same. That is something I appreciate about the book. Many of the words are more advanced vocabulary words like elate (el8), intense (in10se)contentment (con10tment). That makes this perfect for enjoying with little children. They learn the meanings in the context of adult interaction and the illustrations in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wumbers didn't wow me or my kiddos. July 15, 2012
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Cute idea, but the delivery could have been better. I look for books that will encourage my children to read. Wumbers left even my advanced seven-year-old reader frustrated because several of the "wumbers" just didn't flow. I even found myself stumbling while reading. I actually chose this title for my 5 year old. It was way too hard for her.

Also a consistent set of characters from beginning to end would have been nice. Instead the story was compiled of two page "quickies" (not sure what else to call them) over the course of the book. We had everything from a family on a picnic to a penguin wedding. The plot continuously jumping from a different setting and characters every two pages, paired with the awkward "wumber" dialogue just made the book too difficult to enjoy.

The illustrations were ok, but nothing extraordinary. All in all I'm really disappointed with Wumbers and after having such high hopes that is a serious bummer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun for kids June 22, 2012
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This book is a blast. Not only are the kids learning that you can insert numbers into works but it is kind of fun to watch them struggle with the words. They get so excited when they get the words right.
It is also a great learning tool.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gr8!! May 23, 2012
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This is a great brain teaser for kids and adults. I teach elementary school and the kiddos just LOVE this book and love cre8ting their own! Also check out William Steig's C D B! and C D C?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Confused January 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
numbers within the words confused me and unsure of how to read the book with the numbers being part of the word.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Annoying and redundant. January 23, 2013
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My kids only read this book twice and never wanted to read it again. Nor did I. The combination of letter/numbers are very few, but used repeatedly. There is no story line to follow to "pull you in" to the book. It's just a collection of random drawings/scenarios with no overall theme or progression. Lacking imagination in my opinion. Finally, the few substitutes of numbers for letters that the kids "got" were overused and the other ones were a little too contrived. I had to explain them each time we came to one of the words which ruined the delivery completely. I don't recommend it at all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wumbers November 16, 2012
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This book and concept are extremely entertaining and had a phenomenal potential -- however it failed to close the deal. Substituting numbers for letters and the amazing art work should have mesmerized kids, but a series of individual panels without a connected story just doesn't hack it. Come back when you can put it all together and I'll gladly give you 5 stars! bogie
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars GRRRRRRR!
Not a good book at all! I can not recommended it for anyone! At least I didn't buy it and find out the hard way!
Published 14 months ago by Laura Hill
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be called "Dumbers" not "Wumbers"
It's a book, it's a game. It's lame. A book filled with texting lingo is not appropriate children's literature, no matter how fun it might seem. It's dumb and lazy.
Published 19 months ago by Audrey L. Pryce
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK for us in our house
We have been longtime fans of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and adore her Little Pea, Little Hoot and Little Oink books. Absolutely adore. Read more
Published 22 months ago by theShepherdz
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever!
This is a clever new take on the alphabet... wumbers! I had to think hard on a couple of them in the beginning... but then it became easier. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ana Braga-Henebry
5.0 out of 5 stars A F1 and Enligh10ing Book
Amy Drouse Rosenthal has created a delightful book that children of all ages and adults will have fun with. As she combines words with a number, she winds up with "Wumbers"! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Bingo-Karen Haney
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible way to get your kids to learn to read and spell
This book, Wumbers, uses numbers and text to make up words. Personally, I don't think they did a very good job at it, because some I couldn't even get. Read more
Published 23 months ago by A. M. Brinkley
3.0 out of 5 stars "Wumbers"
This book stimulates thought and creativity in children. By substituting numbers for letters, words are shortened in a clever way. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Stars
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Concept, but Lacks Cohesion
I think this book has a fun concept, and the idea definitely has potential. I just didn't see it reach its full potential in this book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by A.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative, Challenging, Delightful
This book is certainly a great game! As a writer, I found that I couldn't figure some of these out until I said them aloud. Interesting! Read more
Published 23 months ago by K. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Thought Provoking
My five-year-old son, who is into math and numbers more than reading, was drawn in by the game element in this book, which uses numerals to replace letters and make words (e.g. Read more
Published 24 months ago by S. WIlliams
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