Count and Color
By Nicola O'Byrne
(Blue Apple Books, Paperback, 9781609052997, 56pp.)
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
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Animals under the sea and up in the air fly and swim on the pages of these not-your-average coloring books (see also Count and Color: Fly). Young artists will have a splash coloring in beautiful block prints of an amazing array of sea creatures and airborne animals - and will strengthen counting skills, learn a little about printmaking, and pick up a few fancy collective nouns, to boot - e.g., Is that a "tangle" of octopuses? A "parliament" of owls? How many dolphins are in a "pod"? Kids can count and color them all! These ideal quiet- or travel-time activity books provide absorbing, portable play for waiting rooms, plane rides, car trips, or restaurants (here's something fun to do while the grown-ups are finishing their coffee). There are high-flying, swim-tastic discoveries on every page!
Nicola O'Byrne was born in Swaziland and has since lived in Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and Kenya. She studied illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art and is now in London. She has earned a master's degree in printmaking.