The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Number Day, by Ashley N. Sorenson, is an interactive counting and colours book aimed at children aged up to about five.
With some cool (as in icy-looking) illustrations by David Miles, this book would be perfect for cold winter nights by the fire, snuggled up reading.
The book starts off with the numbers calling out for help because no one is counting. They’ve been forgotten – literally left out in the cold – and they warn that time will stop and there will be no birthdays (oh no!) and no clocks unless they warm up.
You can see the numbers fading with every page and it’s up to the readers to count them out loud and see what happens next.
Children will notice the colours going from icy white to blues and greens as they slowly warm up and more of them appear. The grass starts growing and the readers are urged to trace the numbers and keep counting and see if they can help the numbers warm up even more. Sunshine yellow and orange show up and flowers start to sprout. Tiger stripes and a blow of warm air – just to see if it helps – and boy, look what happens!
The next page is like a jungle and readers are asked to count out loud, trace the numbers with a finger, and blow on them softly… and it’s working, the numbers are all there and they’re red hot – you did it! It’s no longer a cold, freezing, no-number day!
Reviewed by Faye Lougher
The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Number Day
by Ashley N. Sorenson
Published by Familius