One Too Many (Hardcover)

A Seek and Find Counting Book

By Gianna Marino

Chronicle Books, 9780811869089, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 17, 2010

List Price: 16.99*
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In this boisterous barnyard, the fun grows with each turn of the page. One bouncing flea is joined by two cows, then three horses, and so on, all the way up to twelve swooping bats. Children will delight in following the shimmering path of the flea, counting each bounce along the way to find the new arrival. Older readers can take the challenge further, counting all the animals on the page, or hunting for their favorite. And a surprise ending reveals which animal is just one too many This frisky hodgepodge is sure to have the whole herd roaring with laughter and pouring over the pages for hours.

About the Author

Gianna Marino is a full-time illustrator, toy designer, and writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has had an interest in animals since early childhood and has been painting since she could hold a brush. Learn more at

Praise For One Too Many: A Seek and Find Counting Book

A bouncy flea (surprisingly not the one too many of the title) helps readers keep count of a barnyard full of animals. As the various beasts congregate around the watering trough throughout the day, the flea takes a bounce on each species that arrives. A silvery trail helps readers follow the hops. A single numeral (from 1 to 12) in the upper right-hand corner represents the number of species present as well as the number of newcomer animals. With its seven-word text and farm-animal theme, this is a good match for younger children with the patience for seek-and-find games. Marino's illustrations are marvelously striking, positioning animals that are largely black and white, with a bit of sepia, against blue sky (that modulates to pink and then to night) and sandy barnyard. While the silvery flea trail will help youngsters identify the kind of animal they need to count, the black-and-white palette ups the seek-and-find ante, especially as the trough gets increasingly crowded. This, along with the additional challenges listed in the back, makes this one a rare counting book with wide appeal.

Marino's naturalistic illustrations are done in gouache in this remarkable counting book....Young readers will find much to discover as they revisit the book time after time.