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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kid Book Review: David Carter's 100: Lift the Flaps and Learn to Count! [Board Book]; Sterling Children’s Books

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Flaps upon flaps upon flaps—100 of them—are layered on top of each other like gift boxes filled with surprises. Acclaimed master paper engineer and illustrator David Carter offers children a magical experience as they uncover an array of 100 wonderful things in a variety of landscapes.

From zippy city streets—where successive flaps open to show a truck, taxi, bicycle, scooter, and skateboarder—to scenes deep undersea, in the forest, and in a prehistoric world with dinosaurs, this clever, visually astonishing book will amaze kids…and teach them to count up to 100 too!

My Review

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My kids LOVE flap books. It’s exciting to them to be able to raise it up and discover what’s hidden underneath the flap. The David Carter’s 100 is something totally unique than the traditional “flap books” though because it has many, many flaps- 100!

This book is recommended for kids ages 3-7, which both my kids fall under. Aidan, who is 6 can already count into his 40’s but kind- of steers off from there. Adisyn, who is 4 loses track after 14.

After getting this book, they’ve both gained a little on their counting experience. The book engages them because every two pages changes scenery. One two=page layout may contain “at the bakery” where they lift up the flaps to count cookies, candies, and cakes. The next two pages will be “farm animals” where they count cows, horses, and sheep.

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It’s entertaining for them because it’s colorful and keeps them on their toes. It isn’t “boring” for them because it changes up. I loved how cleverly he built the flaps to lift this way and that- but yet all are hidden from the kids until they reveal the next flap! I’ve never seen that many flaps stacked on each other without becoming bulky- yet they aren’t in the least!

There are 5 consecutive numbers on each page and when they lift the last “flap” on the page it says “Great, now you’ve counted to 5, now 10 on the next, and so on. It take it little by little and gives them the “excitement” they need to keep on reading!

This is a must for any any young kid wanting to learn how to count. I was definitely thinking about buying Aidan’s teacher one to go in her class for next year as a “present” for her new students.

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About the Author

DAVID CARTER is a writer, illustrator, and paper engineer well known for his pop-up and flap books, especially How Many Bugs in a Box? and the critically acclaimed One Red Dotseries. He frequently collaborates with his wife, author Noelle Carter, and together they have created a series of Little Mouse books. He lives in Auburn, CA. Learn more at his website, popupbooks.com.

Buy It: David Carter’s 100: Lift the Flaps and Learn to Count for $17.95

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Jessica Renee

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Jessica is the writer behind Sweet Southern Mama. She is the mother of 2 adorable kids- Aidan, 7 and Adisyn, 5. She lives in Kentucky with her fiance and kids. She loves designing blogs, reading, writing, crafting, all things electronic, photography, and spending time with her family.

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