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The numberlys

by Joyce, William, 1957-

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 8 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books j FICTION Joyce
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Juvenile Picture Book J CONC Joyc
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Coraopolis Memorial Library Juvenile Picture Books J PIC JOY
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Northern Tier Regional Library Picture Book J PB JOYCE
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Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK JOYCE
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From the team who brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore comes an alphabet tale extraordinaire!

Once upon a time there was no alphabet, only numbers...

Life was...fine. Orderly. Dull as gray paint. Very...numberly. But our five jaunty heroes weren't willing to accept that this was all there could be. They knew there had to be more.

So they broke out hard hats and welders, hammers and glue guns, and they started knocking some numbers together. Removing a piece here. Adding a piece there. At first, it was awful. But the five kept at it, and soon it was...artful! One letter after another emerged, until there were twenty-six. Twenty-six letters--and they were beautiful. All colorful, shiny, and new. Exactly what our heroes didn't even know they were missing.

And when the letters entered the world, something truly wondrous began to happen...Pizza! Jelly beans! Color! Books!

Based on the award-winning app, this is William Joyce and Moonbot's Metropolis-inspired homage to everyone who knows there is more to life than shades of black and gray.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In a kiddie homage to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Joyce (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, 2012) has created an industrial city where, since only numbers exist, there are no words for colors or feelings or food. The inhabitants of the shadowy, sepia-toned city, the big-eyed Numberlys, march back and forth among retrofuturistic buildings in perfect unison until five fed up Numberlys set out to make something different. They put their welding goggles on, and with cranes, gigantic gears, and pulsing electricity, the five oddball friends build every letter of the alphabet. When they get to Z, their world is suddenly filled with color, and they can finally invent things like jelly beans, names, and pizza. Though there isn't much of a story it amounts to little more than a brief alphabet book nestled in a vastly realized, imaginative atmosphere letter-learning kiddos (and their design-loving parents) will pore over the detailed spreads. Initially a popular app (much like The Fantastic Flying Books), this has the feel of an animated film, and that alone is a big appeal. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Joyce has a built-in audience after the runaway multiplatform success of The Fantastic Flying Books, and this similar production should have them lining up.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a lush series of b&w spreads meant to be viewed vertically, Joyce (the Guardians series) and newcomer Ellis imagine a factory lit like a Busby Berkeley set or Fritz Lang's Metropolis, full of massive halls and gigantic machinery. Thousands of workers pour through its doors, and thousands of numbers emerge from it, providing order in the world and making it "numberly." Alas, there are no "books or colors or jellybeans or pizza" in this regimented world; just 00267, which is "thick and gray and gloopy," and 00268, which is "thicker and grayer and, well... gloopier." With can-do spirit, five industrious elfin creatures break some of the factory's numbers into pieces and invent letters, using the factory's pulleys to lift them, steel mill-like claws to move them, and extruders to mold them like Play-Doh. The letters magically acquire color as they come off the assembly line, offering-at last-jellybeans and pizza, and even a new way to sleep ("zzzzzzz"). The story appeared first as an iPhone app, but works almost as well as a picture book, thanks to Joyce's innate instinct for visual storytelling. Ages 3-7. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Numerals -- Juvenile fiction.
Alphabet -- Juvenile fiction.
Color -- Juvenile fiction.
Numerals -- Fiction.
Alphabet -- Fiction.
Color -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2014
Edition First edition.
Contributors Ellis, Christina, illustrator.
Language English
Notes Text parallel to spine.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 22 x 30 cm
ISBN 9781442473430 (hardback)
1442473436 (hardback)
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