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It's Not Easy Being Number Three Hardcover – February 9, 2016
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"In tune with the needs of early readers, Number Three is spelled out in the text but is pictured as a large . . . An acclaimed cartoonist in the adult world has created a solid hit for children." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The poker-faced quality of Dernavich’s renderings makes the possibility of an entirely numberless existence feel fresh and funny"-Publisher's Weekly
"This is a wonderful way to draw young viewers into recognizing shapes. Engaging, humor-laden illustrations, created with india ink on scratchboard, are as unique as Number Three is. In a warming resolution, Three realizes he’s most useful just being himself. Pair with Drew Daywalt’s The Day the Crayons Quit."-Booklist
About the Author
Drew Dernavich is a regular cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, and the recipient of a National Cartoonists Society award. His cartoons have also appeared in many publications including TIME, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, the Boston Globe, and the comics anthology Flight. He lives in New York City.
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Generally we read through the text on each page and then talk through the pictures. And there's a lot to talk about. For example, the very beginning of the book has many picture examples of how numbers are used in everyday life. So we label each item and talk about what they are. My son's favorite thing to do is to read through the weather forecast "68, sunny! 65 partly cloudy!" He also LOVES looking for where the number three is hidden be it in the toes of an elephant or the hem of a dress. and then giggles hysterically when three is spending his time in a laundry basket. Because you know, numbers don't get washed... not to mention the bird poop and the peeing dog... the humor is not lost on the young ones. At the same time, it lends itself to conversation about feeling sad, and lonely, and unimportant as well as what we can do about it and how we can think about it. This isn't something my three year old deals with yet at his age, but I can see myself coming back to this book as he gets older and point out where he and the number three may be feeling the same and how even though you THINK you aren't important or being helpful, you really truly are - just by being you!
Overall, this book is a great deal of fun littered with entertaining things for little ones to look for and discuss with their parent, and in the process of reading and discussing and laughing, a great way to learn some extra vocabulary and life lessons.