Kindergarten-Grade 4-An excellent tool for introducing a unit on three-dimensional shapes. After conquering galaxies, Captain Invincible and his space-dog, Comet, prepare for an adventurous return to Earth in their spaceship Hawk. Using the Space Shaper panel, with its three-dimensional buttons that include a cube, a cone, and a pyramid, the captain and the pup wage a battle against a meteor shower, poison gas, a flying saucer, and a galactic beast. Just as the two are about to land safely, a beam of light floods their spaceship, and an open bedroom door reveals the true source of this journey-a child's late-night, wondrous imagination with the help of paper, scissors, and Scotch tape. The bold cartoon art in deep, bright colors draws readers into this fun and exciting story that is a vehicle for learning to recognize and define geometric shapes. The concluding reinforcement strategies and activities are very good. A good choice as a read-aloud or for independent reading.
Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary, Huntsville, AL
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Gr. 1-4. In this new entry in Murphy's MathStart (level two) series, young astronaut Captain Invincible gives his dog, Comet, a crash course in geometry. Piloting through space the pair encounters several dangerous situations, which they avert by pushing one of six three-dimensional buttons on their instrument panel, ejecting a corresponding Spacer Shape that does the job. When an ominous gas invades the ship, for instance, Captain Invincible pushes a conically shaped button, releasing a cone that sucks up the gas through its circular base. The glossy Jetson-like cartoon illustrations have high entertainment value, the shapes are clearly identifiable, and the story gives the math lesson an out-of-this-world appeal. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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cute story and hold kids' attention but hard to see the shapes...Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was surprised as how cute the book was. I have lent it out to all my teacher friends. I was hoping to get it sooner but I guess you cannot control the postal.Published 16 months ago by Pearl Gusewich
My almost four year old is obsessed with superheroes and really liked this book. It is a fun way to learn the names of different shapes.Published on March 26, 2012 by J. Meyer