From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up-An enchanting alphabet book that will make its audience laugh out loud. Beginning with "A is for Abacus" and ending with "Z is for Zillion," the author takes readers on a roller-coaster ride through important terms and concepts. The text is lively and clear and will appeal to even those who think math is as dull as the kitchen floor. Two particularly clever examples are "R is for Rhombicosidodecahedron" and "W is for 'When are we ever gonna use this stuff, anyway?'" The cartoon illustrations are colorful, amusing, and informative. Young people will relate to the characters in these drawings that lend a visual dimension to the text. They will also appreciate the large, spacious pages. A terrific title to instruct and entertain.Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA
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Gr. 3^-5. This large-format alphabet book introduces terms and ideas from mathematics, with (usually) one topic per letter. Entries include abacus, binary, cubit, diamond ("There are no diamonds in math. We put diamond in this book so you would know it doesn't belong here"), equilateral, exponent, Fibonacci, googol, y-axis, and zillion. The humorous style Schwartz brought to How Much Is a Million?
lightens the reading here, and so do the bright watercolor-washed drawings and cartoons by Marissa Moss, author-illustrator of the Amelia's Notebook series. Still, it's hard to understand why the information, however well presented, appears in an alphabet book. The alphabetical theme makes the arrangement of ideas a haphazard, arbitrary affair. Nevertheless, the attractive book may interest browsers and open doors to further math study. Also, this resource explains terms like binary system
and Fibonacci numbers
in ways that middle-grade children might understand. Carolyn Phelan