On Life Of A Nerdish Mum today I have the pleasure of reviewing Isabella's Adventures In Numberland which is both written and illustrated by Peta Rainford.
Can you imagine what it would be like if there were no numbers? If you couldn’t measure, count or weigh? In her latest adventure, accident-prone young witch Isabella falls down a hole and finds herself in a land where nothing quite adds up. She makes new friends, encounters an old enemy and, though the odds are against her, finally saves the day.
You can count on Isabella!
Isabella's Adventures In Numberland is the second book in the Isabella, Rotten Speller series, but can definitely be read as a stand alone.
The story follows Isabella as she goes on a walk and falls down a hole, ending up in a very Alice In Wonderland-esque world with a white rabbit and a tea party. In this world their numbers have gone missing and Isabella helps to save the day with a very clever play on words.
The story is written in rhyme and is very easy to read, however the author hasn't shied away from using "grown up" words which I really like.
The artwork is absolutely beautiful in a very naive and childlike way and it matches the story perfectly.
I really enjoyed this book and I enjoyed reading it to my youngest Nerdling (aged 3) who really enjoyed the pictures and looking at all the numbers. I'll definitely be going back and finding the first book in the series.
I gave this book 5 Stars.
Isabella's Adventures In Numberland is released today and you can pick up your own copy - HERE
About The Author
Peta grew up on the Isle of Wight so long ago she can remember buying crisps from the school tuck shop for 21⁄2p. As a child she loved words, and loved drawing too, but she had no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up. She studied English at York University and then worked in London as a business journalist and editor for 14 years. She went to art classes and even studied fine art at St Martins, but she still had no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up. She moved back to the Isle of Wight in 2006, and it was here that Peta, now balancing the roles of freelance writer and mum, decided to write and illustrate her first book for children. It was a revelation: a way of combining picture making with her love of words – not to mention an outlet for her awful jokes. It may have taken more than four decades, but finally, Peta knows what she wants to do when she grows up.