Billed as a counting book, Cyrus brings much more to this artful picture book. We count bricks by ones, fives, tens and twenties. Readers also learn how bricks and mortar are made, and are treated to the math, science, design and artistry involved in bricklaying. The rhyming text invites repeated read-alouds. And the photo-realistic illustrations are worth multiple visits as well, with a racially diverse cast of characters that range in age from children to grandparents, all sporting hardhats and coveralls and fully involved in the building.