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Double Those Wheels Hardcover – July 14, 2003

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Children's Books; 1st edition (July 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525468536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525468530
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Setting out to deliver pizza, an energetic monkey dressed in a red hat, bow tie, and shorts has problems from the start. His unicycle hits a rock, so he gets a bicycle. As each mode of transportation runs into difficulties, he moves on-to a car, tow truck, 16-wheeler, car carrier (with 32 wheels, counting the autos being transported), and train with 64 wheels. Finally, with a cow in the way, the monkey jumps into a hot-air balloon and the pizza arrives at a birthday party, "-on the dot.- good and hot!" The simple illustrations are bold, colorful, and humorous. Stuart J. Murphy's Double the Ducks (HarperCollins, 2003) is more complicated, and Loreen Leedy's sophisticated 2 X 2 = Boo! A Set of Spooky Multiplication Stories (Holiday, 1995) concerns multiplying other numbers in addition to two. Children who love vehicles will adore this book. The text is very simple, and the math lesson is painless. A fun choice for storytimes.
Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr. 2. When a cheerful retro monkey tackles the problem of delivering pizza, kids get an entertaining lesson in multiplication. Wearing a jaunty bow tie and cap, the monkey starts out on a unicycle. After he hits a stone, he's propelled onto a bicycle, going from one wheel to two. Next comes a sporty convertible, and some less predictable sets of wheels, doubled every time up to 64. The rhymes in the simple, well-crafted text prompt the listener to supply the next number. Wheels corresponding to those on the vehicles fill the borders, and the text includes numerals as well as the number spelled out, again reinforcing the lesson. The humorous paintings conclude with a picture of the children and the monkey enjoying the pizza, followed by the monkey's scooting off on a skateboard. Kathleen Odean
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More About the Author

Growing up, I spent many hours playing in the woods with my sisters, brother, and dog Puppy. We had our own town, Green Meadows, where I published a newspaper written on leaves with "ink" from squished berries and charged 25 cents in hickory nut money.

My family was not surprised when I decided to become a writer. After college, I wrote for newspapers and magazines.

When I started reading to my kids, I remembered how much I loved picture books and started writing my own. I wished on pennies in a wishing well, and ten years later, my first picture book, The Lion's Whiskers, came out.

Now, my eighth picture book, Way Down Below Deep, is being published. My husband and I live on an island, where I think up ideas while walking the beach and swimming in the ocean. One of my missions is to help today's kids connect with nature.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This fun book tells the story of a pizza-delivery monkey who runs into transportation problems while trying to deliver pizza to a children's birthday party.
The author uses her story to cleverly introduce young readers to powers of two. As many parents will know, binary (base two) numbers are fundamental to computer technology. So this book, in addition to being very entertaining, offers a very early introduction to a key computer concept.
The illustrations are great, and the story is very cute. This a wonderful book for any preschooler!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful picture book for little ones. Monkey has to make a special pizza delivery, but has transportation problems along the way. Children, often enamored with all things vehicular, will enjoy everything from bicycles to trucks to trains in this book. Not only is the text playful and the pictures whimsical, the story introduces little ones to math through the doubling of the number 2 in a most delightful manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Miller VINE VOICE on October 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
On the surface this is a cute, cheerful book, of which my 16 month-old daughter is currently enamored. A pizza-delivery monkey encounters great difficulty carrying his pie across town to a children's birthday party. As each successive mode of transportation (unicycle, bicycle, car, tow truck, etc.) fails, the monkey finds himself in a new vehicle that mysteriously has exactly double the number of wheels of the previous. The text is written in a pleasant rhyming cadence, with a lot of sound-effects words that will keep any child captivated.

Here's the thing, though: this book is violent! It's implied that our monkey-hero "borrows" (i.e. steals) most of his replacement vehicles. We even see him hitch-hiking on one page. Towards the end of the book, after he leaves his 64-wheeled train behind and soars to that birthday party in a hot-air balloon, there's an aerial illustration of the entire town, and we can see every abandoned vehicle littered between the pizzeria and the party. It is a trail of devastation, with grown-ups arguing over broken-down vehicles, and lots of little disasters thrown in along the way. If you're reading this book to a toddler that also means that you're correspondingly sleep-deprived (my little one brought this to me at 6:47 this morning). The carjacking and hitch-hiking is a bit much to take during that ungodly hour.

So, in short: adorable book, alarming subtext! Let's hope that any sequel doesn't incorporate characters from "Breaking Bad".
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