Though I did not like his Underwater Alphabet, the Counting Odd numbers book is wonderful. The animals that were chosen were more engaging and less off-the-wall (sand dollars and hermit crabs instead of tomato clown fish and four-eyed butterfly fish). The books also seem appropriate for a slightly younger student than the alphabet book so reading the Odd and Even books aloud to a preschooler does work. I am not sure if you should read the entire book in one sitting as it is a tad long, but you should go through saying the numbers in one setting to quickly practice counting by twos (odd numbers). The artwork in the odd and even books are by different artists and I like the Odd book's artwork better. At times the art can be more dark then I would have like, but I love the details in shading and expressions on the fish. The Even book's artwork seems computer generated which can make the images look too fake and flat and fuzzy.
Overall, I loved the Odd Numbers book and highly recommend it. I just wish the Even Numbers book had been of equal quality.
With his trademark humor and wit, Jerry Pallotta teaches young readers how to count to 50 by odd numbers, using weird and wonderful ocean animals as counting tools. Explore the ocean as you meet 13 surf clams, 29 mussels, 49 smelts, and more.