It's Not Easy Being Number Three

Drew Dernavich (Author)


The Number Three is having an identity crisis-there are so many other things he could do with his life; why stop at being just a number? He tries being a ship's anchor, a spatula, even a shiny bronze sculpture, and he won't listen when the other numbers beg him to come back to the lineup. But after awhile, Number Three starts to realize that what he enjoys most is the job no one else can do: being the Number Three.

It's Not Easy Being Number Three is a clever book that celebrates the importance of feeling appreciated for one's talents.

Product Details

Henry Holt & Company
Publish Date
February 09, 2016
11.3 X 0.4 X 9.3 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Drew Dernavich is a regular cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, and the recipient of a National Cartoonists Society award. His cartoons have also appeared in many publications including TIME, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, the Boston Globe, and the comics anthology Flight. He lives in New York City.


An Amazon Best Book of the Month
An ILA Children's Choices Selection

"In tune with the needs of early readers, Number Three is spelled out in the text but is pictured as a large . . . An acclaimed cartoonist in the adult world has created a solid hit for children." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The poker-faced quality of Dernavich's renderings makes the possibility of an entirely numberless existence feel fresh and funny"-Publisher's Weekly

"This is a wonderful way to draw young viewers into recognizing shapes. Engaging, humor-laden illustrations, created with india ink on scratchboard, are as unique as Number Three is. In a warming resolution, Three realizes he's most useful just being himself. Pair with Drew Daywalt's The Day the Crayons Quit."-Booklist