When I first opened the book, I thought it was a little strange but I must have been in one of my moods. The second time I read it, I fell in love with the bold, brightly-colored illustrations and realized that the idea of adding groups together is one we all eventually learn and why not make the learning fun and colorful? For youngsters, 1 + 1 = 5 will give them a head start on the kind of critical thinking involved in grouping sets together and will also give reader and child a lot of laughs. The book is really quite funny. The friend who inherited my copy read it to her 6-year-old and they both gave it a big thumbs-up.
Note #1: Reviewers at Amazon used the words fresh, imaginative and cleverly illustrated. One added that it's not "babyish". I agree with those reviewers 100% and thought you'd like to hear their thoughts in addition to my own.
Note #2 from the author: "If any teachers or librarians are interested, there is a free teaching guide and plenty of extension activities for 1 + 1 = 5 at my website, www.davidlarochelle.net."
Many thanks to Sterling for this unexpected review book!