From School Library Journal
Grade 1–4—Twins Matt and Bibi follow up Mummy Math
(Holt, 2005) with a new archaeology/math adventure. This time they accompany their scientist parents to Peru. By interpreting patterns woven into an Inca shawl, the youngsters follow clues to the Lost City of Quwi, whose location has eluded explorers for centuries. While the story defies logic and teaches little about local culture, it might serve as an introduction to classroom activities on sequence and pattern perception. Langdo's cartoonlike illustrations adequately depict patterns to decipher but do little to enliven the narrative. In fact, Matt, Bibi, and their canine companion seem oddly static even in dangerous situations. A list of suggested activities follows the story's conclusion. Jennifer Rozines Roy and Gregory Roy's Patterns in Nature
(Benchmark, 2005) reinforces math concepts in a more straightforward presentation.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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About the Author
Cindy Neuschwander is a third-grade teacher and the author of the Sir Cumference series. She lives with her family in northern California.
Bryan Langdo is the illustrator of several books for young readers. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Nikki.