Take the Dog Out

Children - Educational
40 Pages
Reviewed on 01/26/2015
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Author Biography

LYNNE DEMPSEY is the award-winning author of the Take the Dog Out series. Her pictures books have fun illustrations and sight words for ages 3-5.

“As a mother of two, I know it can be difficult to get children to read. Sometimes, they get frustrated. My goal is to build their reading confidence.”

Lynne lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, their two children, and their dog, Coconut. Coco is the inspiration for the picture book series.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite

Numbers!: Take the Dog Out, written by Lynne Dempsey and illustrated by Mandy Newham-Cobb, is a picture book that children can use to learn about numbers, addition, and subtraction. As children enjoy the beautiful illustrations, they will be able to follow along as new characters are introduced, which is how addition is presented. Then, as each character says goodbye, kids can see how subtraction works. Kids will also be able to take what they learned and count the bones that can be found throughout the story. Written in a simplistic, fun style, this book will surely entertain and educate youngsters.

The amazing, very colorful illustrations made the book for me. If I, a grown adult, couldn’t help but smile as I looked through the engaging pages, I can only imagine how young children will react. My only concern is that without a storyline or more words to explain what is going on, children will definitely need an adult’s help to understand the pictures and how addition and subtraction work. However, once they get the hang of it, they will absolutely love it and want to read it over and over again. Numbers!: Take the Dog Out would be a great book to add to any young child’s library. I can definitely see parents reading this to their kids and teachers reading it to their students for years to come. Author Lynne Dempsey and illustrator Mandy Newham-Cobb are ones to watch out for. I will certainly keep my eye out for more books by these two.