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123s Board book – Illustrated, November 1, 2008
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This book is like a small collection of works of art rather than a child's book. I think it is well worth the price. It's beautifully printed. Charlie's illustrations are simple, clever, intelligent and beautiful. This book is far superior to many other children' books out there.
I'm only giving it 4 stars, unfortunately, because many of the illustrations are repeated from the Charlie Harper ABC book. Charley Harper ABCs (Chunky Version) FOUR out of ten pages are repeats. If you want both books, be prepared for that. I wish I had known. I would not have bought this book. Plus the numbers book only goes up to 10, while the ABC book has over 26 pages. So you get a lot more in the ABC book. Even the end page is the same: a photo of Chalie in the woods studying the birds. They put some of his bird illustrations in the photo, so it's a neat collage, and my toddler loves to find the illustrated birds (just two of them) in the photo. I'd had loved it if they did this again using another photo or different bird illustrations.
I'd still recommend this book. Charlie Harper was an amazing artist, and I'm so glad someone decided to share his work with our children!
And it is wonderful!
But some of the pages are exactly the same or very minimally modified between the two books, which is a bit of a bummer. Snails, water-bugs, and chimpanzees do double-duty. Maybe they didn't think people would want to own both books?
Other than that small gripe, it's awesome! Hooray for presenting children with creative and interesting art for their illustrations! There should be more board books like these ones! Highly recommend.
Like it very much except for one page...the chickadee page could have been illustrated better.
If you are a nature enthusiast, the drawings are crisp & clear & I recommend the book.