Joshua’s Bookshelf!: Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10, by Ami Rubinger

[This review is based on the NOOK Book digital edition published by the Abbeville Kids imprint of Abbeville Press in 2011, and provided by NetGalley.]

So what’s it about?
Just as the title implies, Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 is a book about counting from 1 to 10. Two added bonuses: each new dog is introduced with a rhyme, and at the end of the book we meet pairs of cats — so they’re counted by twos!

What did we think of the book?
The rhymes are fun for children who are building literacy skills, as well as for those who already understand the concept of rhyming words. Ms. Rubinger also reinforces very important numeracy skills through counting by both ones and twos. I very much appreciated that, but the artwork of the animals themselves could have been a bit better. As with last week’s selection, Big Cat, Small Cat (which happens to be by the same author), a few of the dogs look a little strange. I don’t think Joshua cared much, but it was a little off-putting for me.

Would we add it to Joshua’s bookshelf?
Aside from the sometimes slightly creepy artwork, Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 is a great book for little ones! Joshua loved getting to re-count the growing group of dogs on each page until he counted all the way from 1 to 10! We’ll definitely be holding on to this one!