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2 X 2 = Boo!: A Set of Spooky Multiplication Stories Hardcover – September 1, 1995
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-4?A funny introduction to basic multiplication, with witches, cats, and monsters demonstrating the consequences of multiplying numbers from 0 to 5. The illustrations are done in muted, autumnal tones of black, blue, orange, and mustard, and arranged in a comic-strip format. The text is all in dialogue balloons, as various creatures see the need to eliminate foes (multiplying by 0) or increase their bounty. The concepts are clear and understandable. The only thing missing here is theory?why does multiplying something by 0 equal 0? Leedy's book presents an entertaining alternative to rote memorization; it's a little silly, but it works.?JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 1^-4. Witches, vampires, bats, and skeletons are some of the Halloween creatures in these cheerfully ghoulish math stories. How do you make boo stew for 5 if the recipe serves only one? Answer: multiply all the ingredients by 5; that means multiplying five bouncy eyeballs, 10 knobby knuckles, 15 ears, and 20 toes. The first chapter, about the number zero, is the most difficult (How do you make a vampire vanish? Answer: multiply him by zero), but the concept is demonstrated with a great many examples of disappearing creatures. After that, it's pretty straightforward multiplication from one to five. Leedy's pictures, in comic style, are gory and silly, and kids will work out the numbers as they giggle at the creepy monsters. Hazel Rochman
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My biggest gripe about this book--my daughter wishes there were many other books in this series! And I can't blame her!