Kindergarten-Grade 4—Super psyched to attend superhero school, Leonard and his classmates are disappointed to find themselves belaboring math problems with Mr. Tornado instead of focusing on important subjects, such as destroying alien death rays and conquering supervillains and mad scientists. When the unthinkable happens and the teachers are kidnapped by the ice zombies, the class shifts into superhero mode faster than anyone can text "HELP." The obstacles they face are only solvable by application of their newly discovered comprehension of multiplication, division, and fractions. When Mr. Tornado rewards the class for their amazing rescue with an A+ on the math quiz, it registers with Leonard and his fellow superheros that they may have been duped by the faculty. Now the youngsters realize that math is a useful and enjoyable subject. Rash's illustrations in digital collage of gouache and Sharpies create his trademark cartoons that pulsate with energy and engage readers. Reynolds creatively blends the use of math skills in word-problem superhero settings that are playful, smart, and positive. This title is sure to be a winner with children who are anxious or reluctant about math.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY END
Aaron Reynolds is the author of Buffalo Wings and Chicks and Salsa as well as several other soon to be published picture books and a graphic novel series. He lives near Chicago, with his wife and two children. www.aaron-reynolds.com
Andy Rash has created cartoons for numerous magazines and newspapers across the country, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Entertainment Weekly. He has written and illustrated two books of his own, and also illustrated Fat Camp Commandos and its sequel-both written by Daniel Pinkwater. www.rashworks.com
Great story that is the perfect example of a superhero's real life application of math!
This was a perfect introduction to our school wide superhero theme this year.
My sons love this book. They are ages 3.5 and 5, and it is by far one of their favorite books! It's also great that there are math lessons involved!Published on June 25, 2013 by M. Sutter
My son love, love, loves this book. As a sparent, I also like the math piece that is added to the book.Published on January 13, 2013 by DM
My kindergartner always wants this book from the library and now she is thrilled to have her own copy. LOVE this book!Published on December 27, 2012 by Jessica