Review: 7 Ate 9

7 Ate 9
7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Capital I the private eye takes a case from scared number 6: 7 is missing and so is 9. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9, and the worry is that 6 will be the next victim. What follows is full of numerical puns and wordplay (the waitress had the scoop; the 8 hangs out on the corner of 2nd Ave & 4th Street; finally I put two and two together) which will be fun for the savvy young reader and his or her adult story time companion. I walks the city streets meeting 8, B, 11, and 5, and the mystery is solved with an “A-ha!” that is fun and clever. The noir private detective setting and some of the turns of phrase may be lost on the little ones who pick this up, but the colored pencil and watercolor illustrations are spot-on evocative of 1940s city life.

Recommended for children who love numbers, elementary math teachers, writing teachers wanting to illustrate colloquialisms.

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