Pebbles and the Biggest Number
by Joey Benun
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Print Length: 48 pages
Reviewed by Jaylynn Korrell
A butterfly goes on an epic adventure to find the highest number, but he ends up discovering much more.
Pebbles wants to know more about numbers. After a day of counting the same tedious things in his surroundings, Pebbles goes flying to places near and far to ask other creatures what’s the biggest number that they know.
To Pebbles’ surprise, there are bigger numbers than he ever imagined, and there are unique reasons why each creature knows that this number exists. Joey Benun has created a fun & unique learning experience with Pebbles. Kids are going to love this book.
Pebbles and the Biggest Number is filled with interesting tidbits that both children and adults can learn from. I learned more than a few things about numbers and animals that I wasn’t previously aware of, like what comes after a trillion and beyond. It feels special to learn alongside a book made for children.
Benun goes above and beyond when it come to educating his readers. Each page is equipped with facts about animals and insects, about how many zeroes are in the number, about natural disasters and the environment, and so much more. While it can be a bit of information-overload depending on the reader’s age, Benun suggests that readers either read everything at once or save the fun facts (typically located on the right-hand-side of the pages) for the end. This could create a more digestible reading experience for younger readers.
Benun does an excellent job of creating realistic reasons for why each creature is aware of such a great number. For instance, a crab gets their highest-known number from the amount of grains of sand on the earth. A dolphin gets their largest number from the amount of cups there are in the oceans around the world. Benun incorporates interesting facts from different categories and ties them together in a way that will give readers a better chance of remembering it all.
The pages in Pebbles and the Biggest Number are accompanied by bright illustrations featuring varying natural landscapes and animals. All of Pebbles’ newfound friends sport friendly smiles and bright eyes as they enthusiastically share the information they know. With each page taking us to a completely different location, no two illustrations are very much alike. The variety of gorgeous scenery will keep readers anxious to turn each page.
Of all the things I liked about this book, Pebbles’ curiosity and the places it takes him could be the most memorable. Pebbles starts this journey off with a bit of curiosity, and when he follows it through, he’s taken on an adventure he never imagined possible. Not only does Pebbles learn bigger numbers, he also make friends and learn more about the world around him in the process. I loved watching his curiosity turn into a treasure trove of new information and experiences.
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