“Sunny and energetic. . . . Plenty of math is squeezed into the text, but the joy of numbers is conveyed much more effectively.” — School Library Journal Charlie and Lola are going to the store, and their mother says they may choose one thing. “One thing to share?” Lola asks. No, one thing each, explains Charlie, or two actual things between two. Lola is nine minutes late getting ready, and on the way, there are ladybugs to count and maybe a squillion leaves on a tree. With Lola hilariously bending everyday numbers to her will and Charlie providing the (somewhat exasperated) voice of reason, fans new and old will be hard-put to resist these utterly appealing siblings.
About Absolutely One Thing
Count on Absolutely One Thing for a singularly funny look at simple math as encountered by Charlie and Lola.
Sometimes, as a treat, Mom takes Charlie and Lola to the store and says they may choose one thing. “One thing to share?” Lola asks. No, it’s one thing each, explains Charlie, or two actual things between two. Lola is nine minutes late getting ready, and on the way, there are ladybugs and birds to count and maybe a squillion leaves on a tree. At the store, Lola says she’ll choose three things, or possibly two. “How about no things?” asks Mom. With Lola hilariously bending everyday numbers to her will, the math goes down easy in this charming picture book loaded with visual appeal.
These are mostly numbers as fun—"Or a squillion?"—numbers to roll around in your mouth, then chew and swallow to feed your imagination. —Kirkus Reviews
Child makes mathematical concepts fun in this book featuring two counting siblings. —Booklist
The line drawings and textured mixed-media illustrations are as sunny and energetic as those in Child’s other books. The layout is busy, with a dizzying variety of fonts. Plenty of math is squeezed into the text, but the joy of numbers is conveyed much more effectively than any specific calculation technique. A must-buy for preschool and early elementary math collections, as well as for Charlie and Lola fans. —School Library Journal
Math is not a scary, abstracted monolith, it’s folded into everyday life in countless ways. Leave it to British author-illustrator Lauren Child’s (I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato) ever-charming Charlie and his little sister Lola to make this point with panache. —Shelf Awareness for Readers
Charlie’s droll narration alternates between exasperation and indulgence, and kids with younger siblings will find it particularly entertaining. The animated text provides plenty of opportunities to practice counting and calculating simple operations, while corresponding numeric labels and number sentences make explicit the tallying and calculations…Use this as a springboard into a math lesson or simply share and enjoy with Charlie and Lola fans. —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books