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07 April 2012 @ 03:38 pm
pictures worth thousands of words  

HOW MANY JELLY BEANS? by Andrea Menotti with illustrations by Yancey Labat (Chronicle 2012) is subtitled: A GIANT BOOK OF GIANT NUMBERS. That is the truth as our characters find out when offered some jelly beans. How many do they want? 10, 20, 100, 1000: the numbers grow larger and larger. Each number is accompanied by that same number of jelly beans. As the numbers swell, the jelly beans each become smaller and smaller. Final pages fold out into a huge illustration of 1 million jelly beans. <176>

DOG LOVES DRAWING by Louise Yates (Jonathan Cape/Random House 2012) gives readers Dog, a reader who owns a bookstore. One day, Dog receives a drawing pad. The first thing he draws is a door, and from there the story takes off limited only to the imagination of Dog and his new traveling companions (crab, owl, duck, and a stick man. Adventures await as quickly as they can be sketched. <177>