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
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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 OdeanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved