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123 pop!
Isadora, Rachel.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Numbers from one to twenty, and 500, 1000, and 10,000 are represented by illustrations in the pop art style.
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PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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From one man on the moon to three monkeys to one million stars, numbers are ingeniously reinterpreted in a pop art style for the 90s.

Author Notes

Rachel Isadora was born and raised in New York City. Rachel studied at the School of American Ballet and was a dancer with the Boston Ballet until a foot injury. She went from being a ballet dancer to an author and illustrator.

The first title she wrote and illustrated was Max. Since then she has written many others including Golden Bear, Ben's Trumpet, Nick Plays Baseball, Caribbean Dream, Mr. Moon and Not Just Tutus.

Her works have earned her several awards including the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award. Her title Max, was named an ALA Notable Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. Drawing from the same Pop Art influences found in her ABC Pop! (1999), Isadora offers a companion counting book. On high-energy pages illustrating numbers 1 through 20 (and some selected higher numbers), Isadora creates plenty of kid-friendly images--monkeys, gargoyles, superheroes, sweet treats, funky rings--in a Pop Art style particularly suited to counting exercises. Rendered in the bold graphic lines and clear, unshaded shapes, the objects are appealing and easily identified as they nearly explode off the page. Final pages, which show larger quantities (100 barking dogs, 500 lighted city windows, 1,000 jelly beans), end with a beautiful image of silhouetted figures against a deep blue sky filled with one million stars. Art-savvy readers of all ages will have fun noting the obvious influences in the illustrations--among them Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Marvel Comics. A sophisticated, playful introduction to numbers. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This companion to ABC Pop! (Viking, 1999) is too chaotic and visually puzzling to be an effective counting book, and the format will not appeal to older comic-book readers and would-be cartoonists. Pages show one astronaut, two goldfish-and continue counting by ones to 20 worker ants, then 100 dogs, 500 lit windows, 1000 jellybeans, and 1,000,000 stars. The pop-art illustrations certainly grab viewers' attention; dialogue balloons and superheroes on the cover are a preview to what's inside. Some illustrations are reminiscent of Andy Warhol's prints of the same figure repeated in different tones; others appear to be influenced by the faceless, stylized primary-colored figures of Keith Haring. In addition, eight comic-book multiethnic superheroes of both genders soar over a double-page center, while another spread is covered with the "Bam!," "Boom," "Blam," and "Splat" balloons familiar to comic-book readers. The few quieter illustrations-glowing Christmas lights, a nighttime cityscape, a starlit sky-seem almost overwhelmed by the brighter pictures, and a few pages appear so assertive in color and so crowded in detail as to confound young children.-Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.