Friday, June 06, 2014

The Numberlys by William Joyce and Christina Ellis

Don't know who William Joyce is? Well, you are really missing out on enjoying picture books, films, apps, toys, and stories by one of the most brilliant authors and illustrators alive. This new effort, The Numberlys by William Joyce and Christina Ellis, is both unique in story and in format. (Many of the pages require that you turn the book sideways in order to read them and enjoy the illustrations.)

"Once upon a time there was no alphabet. Only numbers." And if there is no alphabet there is no blue or red or happy only gray, grayer, and gloomy. Almost the entire book is done without color, until five clever numberlys decide that the world needs...more. So they start to work on creating an alphabet, and once you have an alphabet, you can form words. Gray turns into yellow and gloopy dinner turns into pizza and jelly beans. And gloominess turns into "happy."

Just like many of Joyce's projects, the Numberlys also has an app that corresponds, available in the iTunes store. If you like this one, then try his other picture books such as The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore.

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