Numerical Street by Hilary Bell
Published by NewSouth Publishing
The cover of Numerical Street really enticed me with its imbedded numbers on the spine and collage looking street façade and of course the cute dog. I couldn’t wait to open the book and start reading and I wasn’t disappointed as I went on a walk down Numerical Street with the outline of the cute dog as my companion.
The journey starts off in the playground and as the reader walks further into the street they see what is happening in the car repair shop, watch the hairdressers work their magic, are mesmerized by the washing machines in the laundromat, think about buying a new shirt in Menswear and are very tempted by the delicious looking cakes in the cake shop.
Every page is a different colour depicting a different shop and with wonderful rhyming language such as:
‘ You’re itching with nits and you’re squirming with worms, wobbling and hobbling and swarming with germs’, Numerical Street is a great read and a bit of a tongue twister.
The reader will have fun looking for the numbers in each page and will spend time admiring the lifelike illustrations and counting the objects.
I loved it and as it is rather long but very informative I recommend it for readers aged 5+ and of course for parents to read to their children.
Alphabetical Sydney was the first book by this pair and they have another winner in Numerical Street.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Hilary Bell
Illustrator: Antonia Pesenti
Title: Numerical Street
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Published: November 2015