George Aged 3 Reviews Counting by Joanna Brundle – BookLife – Non-fiction Book of The Week BLOG Monday 7th October 2019

George Aged 3 Reviews Counting by Joanna Brundle – BookLife – Non-fiction Book of The Week


Grandad Review

This book is made up of 24 wonderfully glossy pages with clear, simple and stimulating photographs and artwork, as we have come to expect and almost take for granted from this publisher.

The book is a perfect aid to learning basic numbers. The publisher’s suggested age range is 4-6 years. George is just over 3 years old and he loved the book. He hit the subject full on and found it very stimulating.

But enough about what I think, let George tell you.

George’s Review

Hi, George here. Welcome to my world. Won’t you come on in?

The Non-fiction Book of the Week I’m getting excited about this week is Counting by Joanna Brundle published by BookLife Publishers.

The reason I love this book is because like all good books it serves lots and lots of good purposes.

Firstly, it helps me to count. The book has a new number on each page going from… you’ve guessed it 1 to 10.

Many people are surprised that at three and a half years old I can count fluently from 1 to 10 and even beyond, but I do not like to show off. It is not surprising though if you bear in mind that my Mum is a teacher, my Dad likes counting his money and the goals Liverpool FC score (but you don’t have to be able to count very high for either of those things. And on top of all that my Grandad was an accountant for 49 years.

Apparently, an accountant’s job is to sit and count all day. For what purpose I do not know? It sounds boring to me and Grandad said it was.

But even with that pedigree in numbers the book still taught me so much.

I thought a brilliant idea to prove to you that I can count to 10 is to give you a list of 10 fantastic things about this book:

  1. Superb clear life like photographs like Grandad puts in our photo books. They are brilliant, so clear and things I can easily identify
  2. Each page focuses on one number and helps me focus on each individual number.
  3. All 10 numbers are shown on every page in order, so I become familiar with the 1 to 10 sequence with the featured number made to stand out.
  4. Each page has a different bold colour to help that number stand out
  5. There are photographs of real familiar items for me to count to help me understand what that number means. 1 elephant. And there is a great big beautiful elephant to count. That is so easy. But then for 8 there are 8 goldfish. Try counting them, it is not easy. How did they manage to get them to pose for the photograph? They look so good and the middle one is pretending to be a shark with his mouth open showing his teeth. The problem is he has no teeth.
  6. The last bit in No.5 about the goldfish shows something that makes this book so special which is that when I look at it with Grandad or Mamma or Mum or Dad or Uncle Tom Cobley and all there is so much to discuss about each photograph and each number. The book is a brilliant learning tool. (By the way I do not know who Uncle Tom Cobley is. I don’t have an Uncle Tom Cobley. Grandad dreamed that one up from somewhere. He gets carried away at times you know.)
  7. That sentence deserves a number to itself: The book is a brilliant learning tool.
  8. There is a wonderful game and test at the back of the book to see if you’ve learnt your numbers. You have to count items to see if you can count correctly. The best one is the tractors. There are 10 tractors. Just imagine 10 tractors in one photograph. After counting them I told Grandad all the colours of the tractors. I love that picture.
  9. The six sausages on page 14 make me hungry. I love sausages. So, the book makes you hungry too.
  10. On each page there is a catchy short rhymes Eight giant giraffes, Five crunchy carrots, One grumpy grandad. (It doesn’t say the last one I made that up.)
  11. Each number has it’s spelling very clearly under the number. So, I can learn how to spell it.
  12. It is easy to race through counting 1 to 10 (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10) but as I realised if we just randomly open the book at number 7 it is far more difficult to tell Grandad what number is next or what number was before it. This book has certainly sharpened my skills in that department.
  13. I can start doing basic sums with this book by adding 2 piglets (page 7) to 3 ribbons (page 9) and counting them all up and that counted to 5!


And I also realise I have gone up to thirteen points instead of ten points. But this book is so good I could go up to two million points. The only problem is I can’t count to two million. But if they publish a book out like this one with a number on each page going up to two million Spidermen, I will be able to.

I’ll just look at the elephant again, no…the fish are fantastic, but then the giraffes are great… then again, the tractors are terrific…

Bye Bye, George


Hardcover:            24 Pages

Age Range:          4-6 years old

Publisher:              Booklife

Publisher’s Website:

ISBN-10: 1786371200

ISBN-13: 978-1786371201



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