- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; 1 edition (September 10, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374464529
- ISBN-13: 978-0374464523
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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7 x 9 = Trouble! Paperback – August 26, 2004
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Grades 2-3--Students who are having difficulty with math will enjoy this lighthearted story. Third-grader Wilson Williams needs to pass all the times-table tests by March 16th in order to get an ice-cream cone from his teacher. While the child is talented in art, he is envious of his friends Laura and Josh, who have completed their tests and have received their cones. He is also envious of his younger brother Kipper, a kindergartner who is placed in a special math group because he has started learning the times tables on his own. While the main theme revolves around Wilson passing the tests, an important subplot deals with his desire for a pet and taking home the class hamster for a weekend. All's well in the end-Wilson passes the 12 times table at the last minute, and he and Kipper will be getting a pet hamster. While this chapter book is entertaining and no doubt many youngsters will relate to the story, it is unfortunate that the author reinforces negative feelings about studying math. Wilson never seems to comprehend the concept of multiplication, and no one makes an effort to teach him.
Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Gr. 2-4. The best thing about third grade for Wilson is the class pet, Squiggles the hamster. Next come art and his friend Josh. The worst thing is math, especially the multiplication tables. Wilson struggles to pass all 12 times tables by his teacher's deadline so he won't be the last to earn the promised ice cream cone, but even his kindergarten brother is better at math than he is! His parents help by timing his practice tests; the smart girl in class helps by showing him a finger formula for the 9s; even caring for Squiggles over a weekend helps. Then, on the last day, with Wilson still having to conquer the 12s, Squiggles turns up missing. All ends well with the bad "times" turning into good times, adding up to a satisfying, engaging story that captures children's feelings, frustrations, and dialogue. Kids will have no trouble figuring that this is a winner, especially if they are or have been math-challenged. Julie Cummins
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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A tale well written and close to home, it was a great book for us to read together. I especially recommend it for those reluctant readers, as it's a fairly easy read without too many challenging words.
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My daughter is learning her times tables, and reading about Wilson provided the encouragement
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