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Wumbers Hardcover – May 30, 2012
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"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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Tom Lichtenheld is also a best-selling author and illustrator, and he also lives in the Chicago area. You can see all of Tom's books and more at Tomlichtenheld.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
It is also a great learning tool.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a clever book. I loved it and gave it to my grandchildren.Published 3 months ago by Darlene Sanchez
numbers within the words confused me and unsure of how to read the book with the numbers being part of the word.Published on January 25, 2014 by yumagal72
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 on May 16, 2013 by Laura Hill
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. Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Rachel Dawn
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 on December 19, 2012 by Audrey L. Pryce
This book and concept are extremely entertaining and had a phenomenal potential -- however it failed to close the deal. Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Bogie
We have been longtime fans of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and adore her Little Pea, Little Hoot and Little Oink books. Absolutely adore. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by theShepherdz
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 morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Ana Braga-Henebry