This book's title clearly spells out exactly what its pages contain. Cleverly combining poetry and math in 14 poems based on classic lines written byThis book's title clearly spells out exactly what its pages contain. Cleverly combining poetry and math in 14 poems based on classic lines written by famous but now deceased poets, Lewis poses problems that need solutions. One of my favorites included "Edgar Allan Poe's Apple Pie" with this introduction: "Once upon a midnight rotten,/ Cold and rainy, I'd forgotten/ All about the apple pie/ Still cooling from the hour before" (p. 8). In "Emily Dickinson's Telephone Book," readers are asked to figure out on what pages a telephone book had closed, relying on her memory of the sum of the opposing pages. I've lost count of the times I have recited "Robert Frost's Boxer Shorts" which was inspired by his "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening." Who can resist a poem that ends, "My tightie whities looks so sad" (p. 21)? The solution to each math problem is provided at the bottom of the poem's page. Of course, I was intrigued by the poetry and couldn't resist trying to solve the problems. Back matter includes thumbnail sketches of the 14 poets whose prose landed them in mathematical dilemmas in the hands of Lewis. The fun is heightened by the digitally painted and Photoshopped collages that fit the poems to a T. This is a brilliant idea for a poetry collection and a satisfying final product. ...more
I love the subtitle of this book: A Book about Nothing. And that's exactly the focus of this book about Zero, the place holder. But wait! Zero is so mI love the subtitle of this book: A Book about Nothing. And that's exactly the focus of this book about Zero, the place holder. But wait! Zero is so much more than a place holder, and this book tells why. Although Zero considers himself important, the other numbers taunt him because he is not useful when counting, and he has a self-identity crisis, often being mistaken for other round objects and being useless when it comes to addition, subtraction, and division. After the other numbers recognize that multiplying by Zero makes them equal to nothing, they run away, and in shame, so does Zero. Once the numbers realize that they need Zero and are captured by Roman numerals, Zero races to save them. As in the earlier E-Mergency!, the book contains delightful word play and ink, pastel, and colored pencil illustrations that allow the numbers's personalities to shine through. What a clever and amusing way to learn about math concepts!...more
I think I'm getting addicted to this series--either that or I'm reverting to my fourth grade self. In this, the seventh installment of the Lunch LadyI think I'm getting addicted to this series--either that or I'm reverting to my fourth grade self. In this, the seventh installment of the Lunch Lady series, the Breakfast Bunch (Dee, Hector, and Terrence)must join the extracurricular Mathletes as their punishment for missing the museum field trip. Although they are definitely not thrilled to spend time after school solving math problems, it turns out to be less painful than they had expected. Even Dee comes around once the kids from Willoughby Academy denigrate the public school kids of Thompson Brook. After that, it's on, and the two schools end up facing each other in the final round of competition. But there's something odd about the private school students and their competitive teacher, and it's up to Lunch Lady and Betty to figure out what's going on. Not only does she come through, yellow gloves, Cannoli-oculars, Pineapple mace, but Orson, the Mathlete over-achiever, and Mr. Kalowski, the school janitor, also have a chance to shine. The book contains good lessons, packaged inside plenty of fun and expostulations such as "Moldy Bread!" and "Sweet BBQ sauce" that sound just like readers would expect Lunch Lady to say. If Lunch Lady manages to push the boundaries while fighting for justice, she can also be depended upon to whip up a yummy batch of cookies just when they're needed. ...more
Drawing inspiration for multiplication math problems, this book may appeal to young readers because of the interesting creatures being featured; for iDrawing inspiration for multiplication math problems, this book may appeal to young readers because of the interesting creatures being featured; for instance, there are honeybees, soldier ants, and luna moths to regard while trying to solve the problems. The fact that the math problems are written in text as well as through numbers along with accompanying pictures offers three different ways to reach a solution. Teachers will love the activities at the end of the book too although the pages are a bit too cluttered for my particular taste. ...more
I'll never get tired of the cleverness of cre8tors of books such as this one and last year's delightful E-mergency! Although there is no real storylinI'll never get tired of the cleverness of cre8tors of books such as this one and last year's delightful E-mergency! Although there is no real storyline here, the pages are filled with words that rely on letters and numbers to communicate. Readers will laugh and cer10ly want to try their hands at cre8ing a few of these on their own after reading examples such as tuba instructions to "Tigh10 your mouth...then 4ce out the air" (unpaged. Some are hard and not as easily noticed; for instance, "I think you'll sur5" (unpaged). Even the endnotes and dedication contains these wumbers, combinations of letters and words for the creative minded. The ink and PanPastel illustrations are just as delightful as the text. Please give us more!...more
When Emma chooses ten jellybeans and Aiden wants twenty, they each try to outdo each other with how many of the sweet candies they want. The numbers gWhen Emma chooses ten jellybeans and Aiden wants twenty, they each try to outdo each other with how many of the sweet candies they want. The numbers get larger and larger, along with the digital illustrations until finally they reach a number almost impossible to imagine--one million. The final page shows just that--one million jelly beans, ever so tiny that they are just colored spots on the pages that must be flipped and unfolded in order for all those candies to be seen. One of the things I liked about this clever title was how the children figure out 1,000 jelly beans isn't all that many, equaling only two or three a day for an entire year. This is math down in a fun way, for sure. ...more
In a series of pages with a circular cut-out that gives a glimpse of the image on the next page, readers are given hints about what they might see wheIn a series of pages with a circular cut-out that gives a glimpse of the image on the next page, readers are given hints about what they might see when they turn the page. There are seven different creatures being introduced in the book, which also serves as a counting book since readers are encouraged to count the number of seahorses, octopuses, and swordfish on the various pages. The digital illustrations are vivid and appealing to the eye, and the twist at the end of the book is rather cool. Who knows what readers might spy next? This one is sure to appeal to young readers!...more
Young learners will enjoy turning the wheels at the top and side of the owl's head for a little help in learning multiplication facts since the solutiYoung learners will enjoy turning the wheels at the top and side of the owl's head for a little help in learning multiplication facts since the solution is found in a slit in the owl's neck. One of the aspects about this book that I most enjoyed was the fact that there are several suggestions for parents about how to help their children learn about multiplciation through real-world examples. Here is colorful, useful, mathematical fun. ...more
In another incredibly clever picture book designed to look like a calendar, complete with holes at the bottom and top of the pages to be pinned to theIn another incredibly clever picture book designed to look like a calendar, complete with holes at the bottom and top of the pages to be pinned to the wall in real calendar fashion, the author poses and tries to solve the problem concerning the multiplication rate of rabbits in a field. Each page series records the number of rabbits over the course of a year, starting with Lonely Rabbit and Chalk Rabbit, one pair. The pages have interesting items to explore; for instance, knitting instructions, a baby book, a small newspaper, and a sign posted near the top that keeps track of the number of rabbit pairs. Things move rapidly into big problems with flooding, hunger, overeating, and by November, there are 89 pairs. By December, the rabbits have solved things their own way as can be seen in a delightful pop-up illustration. The oil-based pencil-watercolor paint, and carrot images make this one a sure-bet for young--and older--readers trying to ponder the Fibonacci sequence. ...more
Ten monsters start out on a journey on the first pages of this book written in rhyming text, and one by one, bad things befall them. The surprising reTen monsters start out on a journey on the first pages of this book written in rhyming text, and one by one, bad things befall them. The surprising revelation about the last monster is sure to make young readers smile in delight (and maybe, in self-recognition). The acrylic illustrations showing hilarious expressions on the monsters' faces as misfortunes keep occurring add another layer of glee to the story. My favorite page shows a toad wearing a witch's hat after some swamp brew had spilled upon her. This one would be a great Halloween read-aloud while helping young readers learn to count. ...more
Blending a touch of science featuring almost everyone's favorites--prehistoric creatures--with math, this rhyming book helps young readers learn how tBlending a touch of science featuring almost everyone's favorites--prehistoric creatures--with math, this rhyming book helps young readers learn how to count from one to ten. The counting begsin with one wooly mammoth and "her little wooly one" (unpaged) and ends with a maiasaur and her ten little ones hatching from their eggs. Although it is highly unlikely that they'd ever be gathered together in such a fashion, the last page is filled with all sorts of these ancient creatures settling down to sleep. The spoken lines are set to the same pace as "Over in the Meadow." The illustrations make even the fiercest dinosaur seem somewhat sweet as the creatures' maternal sides are shown. Thumbnail sketches about each dinosaur and flying reptile provide additional information. Young readers will be returning to this one time after time. ...more
Fascinated by all the stars in the sky, eight-year-old Uma begins wondering about the concept of infinity. At school the next day, she asks classmatesFascinated by all the stars in the sky, eight-year-old Uma begins wondering about the concept of infinity. At school the next day, she asks classmates for their explanations of infinity, and then later, her grandmother and several teachers. The more she talks to others and thinks about it, the more her head begins to hurt while trying to understand something that goes on forever. She finally gets it once she feels an infinite amount of love for her grandmother who remarks on her pretty red shoes. My favorite pages in the title are the two in which the school cook suggests that Uma cut a noodle in half and then in half again and then tells her to imagine cutting the noodle in her mind. Back matter includes addtional information about infinity and an infinite numbers. The illustrations are simply beautiful, showing close-up views of Uma's eyes and an oversized ice cream cone and noodle. The endpapers also contain several strings of numbers, making this a marvelous introduction to a mind-blowing mathematical concept. ...more
This eye-catching book will have even the older readers in the family glued to its pages because of its dinosaurs as they learn (or review how) to couThis eye-catching book will have even the older readers in the family glued to its pages because of its dinosaurs as they learn (or review how) to count from one to ten. The illustrations are vibrant, and the vocabulary stretches readers as they follow Microraptor trying to catch severn dragonflies or 9 Maiasaura moving loudly across a stream. In the case of Velociraptor, readers can count its six fingers and six claws as well as the other dinosaurs in the field, but they won't want to count his teeth since he has many more than six. Be warned: Your kids will want the other titles in this series: Alphasaurus, Colorsaurus, and Shapeasaurus. Who knew the prehistoric era could be so fun?...more
Tyrannosaurus Rex is the star of this concept book that introduces readers to shapes. Not only are the colors and textures in the illustrations attracTyrannosaurus Rex is the star of this concept book that introduces readers to shapes. Not only are the colors and textures in the illustrations attractive to the senses, but the shapes aren't the simple ones readers might expect. There are oval, round (circle), square, crescent, diamond and cone shapes to explore as well as stars, rectangles, and triangles. While the dinosaurs are cute, they also display their characteristic fierceness. I also liked the circular style to the book's format, beginning and ending with those oval-shaped eggs and the sound of their hatching. ...more
While one mother reads to her child in Alaska at 10 p.m., across the world in Nigeria,a girl is dressing and then either carrying food to the market oWhile one mother reads to her child in Alaska at 10 p.m., across the world in Nigeria,a girl is dressing and then either carrying food to the market or home from the market. While she is doing this, two friends in Japan are heading home from school. The text and illustrations span the globe, circling back to Alaska where the story started. This is a simple but effective way of explaining the world's time zones to young readers while also giving them a glimpse of the different cultures around the world. On each right-hand page, readers can lift a round flap to see the time and the person who is engaged in activities very different from what the person on the facing page is doing. The gouache paint illustrations are filled with vibrant colors and appealing images. ...more
Although I love the cultural flavor this concept book has in its text sprinkled with Spanish terms and its colorful, movement-filled paint illustratioAlthough I love the cultural flavor this concept book has in its text sprinkled with Spanish terms and its colorful, movement-filled paint illustrations, some pages try to do too much and may confuse young readers since there are so many shapes to identify. Readers learn to identify various objects that are round, square, rectangles, triangles, and ovals. Most of the rhyming lines are fun to read aloud although some are a bit clunky. The last two pages are filled with several shapes for readers to pick out. A glossary defines unfamiliar words....more
Filled with the kinds of illustrations that you might find in a naturalist's sketchbook, this title uses the flowers found in nature to teach countingFilled with the kinds of illustrations that you might find in a naturalist's sketchbook, this title uses the flowers found in nature to teach counting skills. Beginning with zero and a frosty, snow-covered scene with no flowers, the book covers the numbers from zero to ten, ending with 10 Columbia Lilies. The vocabulary used in the text is challenging but filled with evocative description, making this a title to be shared with early readers but not read by emergent readers since they's struggle with many of the words. ...more
With a little hep cat vibe and hip vocabulary, this picture book contains an excellent message for its readers, young and old, as well as providing siWith a little hep cat vibe and hip vocabulary, this picture book contains an excellent message for its readers, young and old, as well as providing simple subtraction problems. Pete the cat adores his four buttons, but one by one, they pop off. Instead of becoming upset, he simply finds the joys that are still around him, even celebrating his bellybutton once all the buttons have disappeared. After all, as he reminds himself, "Buttons come and buttons go" (unpaged). This would be a perfect book about loss, change, and rolling with life's punches too. Readers would have to look far and wide to find anyone cooler than Pete as he is shown riding the waves, calmly perched on a surfboard in the illustration filled with greens, blues, and yellows near the book's end. His attitude that "It's all good!" is a throw-back to different times, but it is an excellent reminder not to sweat the small stuff. Long live Pete the Cat!...more
Just as delightful as the earlier LMNO Peas in its own way, this counting book relies on some very active peas to teach young readers to count. I likeJust as delightful as the earlier LMNO Peas in its own way, this counting book relies on some very active peas to teach young readers to count. I like the rhyming text and all the activities in which the peas are engaging as well as the expressions on their faces. Who knew that peas could be so expressive? I'm not sure I liked skipping all the way from 10 to 20 and then going all the way to 100. Young readers will eat this one up, though, as they carefully count the peas in all the illustrations. By the time I reached 110, my poor eyes were going in every direction with so many peas waving flags. I think my favorite digital illustration represented 10 with a stack of lumber and the peas hammering away. The tacks or nails scattered along the bottom of the page may confuse some readers, though...more
While I love the airport setting for this counting book and would have found it helpful to have it with me the first time I tried to navigate an airpoWhile I love the airport setting for this counting book and would have found it helpful to have it with me the first time I tried to navigate an airport, I found some of the illustrations confusing with too many objects for young readers to count without becoming distracted. For instance, there are three suitcases, three check-in desks, three clerks, and three families checking in to represent three, but there's one self-check kiosk. If adults and young readers are sharing the book, they can have a conversation about the focus of the pages, but it does require some concentration. I liked the digital illustrations and the use of airport signage throughout the book. ...more
Filled with luminous photographs of sea life, this counting book encourages young readers to count the number of creatures visible in each double-pageFilled with luminous photographs of sea life, this counting book encourages young readers to count the number of creatures visible in each double-page spread, but it also provides engaging descriptive text and interesting facts about the one green sea turtle, the two harp seals, and the nine hammerhead sharks in a "Did You Know?" section at the bottom of the page. What is more, once readers have reached the number ten, there is page containing all the animals next to the number. Readers can count from 1 to 10 on one page and 10 to 1 on another. Back matter also includes brief animal facts about all ten species and a map from which even more counting activities can ensue. This is a marvelous blending of math and science. ...more
When a cake disappears from the cake contest, Detective Duck solves the case by subtracting suspects, one by one. Each double-page spread contains texWhen a cake disappears from the cake contest, Detective Duck solves the case by subtracting suspects, one by one. Each double-page spread contains text and then a subtraction problem that shows how he is narrowing down his focus. ...more
At first glance there is really no comparison between the two objects shown on facing pages. Of course an apple is rounder than an armadillo. Or is itAt first glance there is really no comparison between the two objects shown on facing pages. Of course an apple is rounder than an armadillo. Or is it? Maybe not, if the armadillo is curled up in a ball and the apple has been munched on. The six pairings are perfect, allowing readers to notice more details and counter some assumptions, encourage critical thinking and expand perspectives. ...more
This one might make adults' heads ache with all the colors, images, and counting going on, but it will keep youngsters occupied for quite awhile. WhilThis one might make adults' heads ache with all the colors, images, and counting going on, but it will keep youngsters occupied for quite awhile. While this is certainly a counting book featuring almost more bears than a reader can count, it’s also an activity book and inquiry text designed to sharpen readers’ visual literacy skills as well as their critical thinking skills. For instance, there are clever quips and questions above some of the animals, and readers are asked to find certain animals such as the last one or the one whose strength allows him to hoist a piano. The book begins with 100 musically-inclined bears at the front of a parade. All the animals seem to be in a hurry to get somewhere. The bears are followed by 11 pig chefs hauling scrumptious foods, 100 carpenter beetles carrying heavy objects, 100 circus rabbits doing tricks, and 100 flower birds zipping through the sky. The final double-page spread shows where all those animals are heading, revealing a crowded, animal-filled place. Readers are encouraged to return to the earlier pages to find three animals that appear in every scene as well as to locate 22 additional items in the final scene. ...more
A small family--mother, child, and dog--spend a day by the beach. While there, they notice all the nifty things around them and start to count what thA small family--mother, child, and dog--spend a day by the beach. While there, they notice all the nifty things around them and start to count what they see, beginning with one and ending with ten. Although the book is clearly a counting book, there is enough of a storyline and enough colorful illustrations to keep young readers engaged. ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I like how the story begins and ends on the endpapers, and how young readers count the lights asI thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I like how the story begins and ends on the endpapers, and how young readers count the lights as they read. I also like how the questions provide hints as to what they'll find when they flip the page. Since the book starts with one, moves through all the numbers until ten is reached, and then returns to one, readers have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the different die-cut illustrations created through Adobe Illustrator. ...more
With examples that make huge numbers easier for youngsters to understand, this text highlights hard-to-imagine numbers such as a million, a billion, aWith examples that make huge numbers easier for youngsters to understand, this text highlights hard-to-imagine numbers such as a million, a billion, and a trillion. The illustrations show exactly how many zeros are needed for the numbers as well as visual representations of them. Readers can think about trying to count to a million, which would take more than eleven days or consider how many pizzas a million dollars could buy--enough to pay for two pizzas every day for at least 68 years. (Although I like this example, it's also kind of confusing since the text refers to the cost of pizza slices so how many slices are in one pizza?)Curious readers will be fascinated to note that it is physically impossible to count to a trillion during one lifetime. I also like the author's recognition that these big numbers matter, given that our government spends trillions of dollars each year. A good text, but teachers may need to be ready with some additional explanations. ...more
The Wing Wing Brothers (Willy, Woody, Wilmer, Wendell, and Walter) provide great mathematical fun for readers as they enjoy the delights of a carnivalThe Wing Wing Brothers (Willy, Woody, Wilmer, Wendell, and Walter) provide great mathematical fun for readers as they enjoy the delights of a carnival. Not only do the three different sketches illustrate math skills [counting to 100 by tens, addition and subtraction by 10 up to 100, and adding within 100, including two digit-numbers and one-digit numbers], but they contain sly humor as well; for instance, after the five brothers have consumed a total of 100 hot dogs, the author says they "all need wider waistbands" (unpaged). There are visual representations as well as number representations of the problems being solved. The text and the illustrations, crated with pencils and colored digitally, made me snort. This is a terrific way to engage readers in math in a humorous way--and I never have found mathematics very amusing. ...more
Filled with vivid illustrations and photographs that provide examples to support the text, this book introduces readers to probability or what might hFilled with vivid illustrations and photographs that provide examples to support the text, this book introduces readers to probability or what might happen. The author first discusses what a possibility is and the difference between something that is possible and something that is impossible before discussing the likeliness of whether something will happen. The use of card decks, a stuffed bear with ten shirts and ten pairs of pants, the spinner on a board game helps readers visualize the important math concepts being discussed, and suggested activities that students can try for themselves makes the book even more engaging. For those who dream of winning the lottery, the back matter makes it clear just how unlikely that might be. There's a strong probability--and not just a possibility--that teachers will find this useful for their classrooms. ...more