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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452110220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452110226
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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

"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

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This is a great brain teaser for kids and adults.
Miss Lee
Some were a little bit challenging for him to figure out, and I think that a kindergartener would find this downright frustrating if not impossible.
Jana Taylor
As she combines words with a number, she winds up with "Wumbers"!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Korsmo VINE VOICE on 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 By Jimmie Lanley VINE VOICE on 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 By Christie VINE VOICE on 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 By HipChick on 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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My seven year old daughter recently read Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld's book, Wumbers. She really dug the challenge of figuring out the various mind-teasers of the word/number combinations and after quickly reading through the book two or three times over a couple days, had figured out all but two on her own. However, once she had all of them figured out and thus the challenge of the book was over, her interest in re-reading the book vanished and this is my real criticism with the book.

Although cleverly written and loaded with beautiful pictures, the book requires somewhat advanced young readers to not only read the whole sentence, but also to divine the meaning of the number/word combos. Because of this, the book is really designed for 9-12 year old readers - an age group that is largely already into longer, more complex chapter books - thus Wumbers is probably a book that these kids would see as lacking in content. On the flip side, I think that early readers would be completely at a loss in how to read this book. Their reading and cognitive skills are just not advanced enough for Wumbers. Similarly, reading aloud to your children or a classroom removes the whole cachet of the book as the parent/teacher simply reads aloud the text and any thought of the number/word combos simply goes over the head of the listener or is completely ignored.

I think the book is a really clever idea which piggybacks on the style of the day of including word/number combos to simplify key strokes when texting. However, the application of this phenomena into a children's book leaves the young reader either mystified or quickly bored.
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