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A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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“I read this mind-blowing book, which translates to ten minutes—that’s 600 seconds—of pure fun. How unique—or should I say this picture book is one in a gazillion. It will make a great read aloud.” (Jane O’Connor, author of the international bestseller Fancy Nancy.)
“Fishman and Greenberg engagingly highlight the wondrousness of numbers and stars, as well as just about everything about our home planet. ...[it] beautifully succeeds in its mission to convey to young readers the vastness of the numbers in our midst while reassuring them that...“there’s only one of YOU.”” (Horn Book (starred review))
“It is quite a wondrous thing to imagine the make-believe, but any child reading this book will conclude that the real magic around them is in every breath, every minute, every life lived, and that they themselves are a wondrous thing.” (Kate Beaton, author of King Baby and The Princess and the Pony)
“Huge numbers take on an even bigger scale in Fishman and Greenberg’s insightful, awe-inspiring picture book. A secret shared between narrator and the reader kicks things off…. From there it’s all about the (innumerable) details.... An auspicious primer on some very big numbers.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“In a book that encourages readers to observe the world with wonder and curiosity, Fishman delights in throwing mammoth, even unfathomable figures at them. ...Greenberg illustrates in a chunky, cheery cartoon style...adding warmth to counterbalance the unwieldy numbers.” (Publishers Weekly)
“An imagination stretcher for younger audiences who enjoy marveling at mind-bending numbers.” (School Library Journal)
“This is a math teacher’s dream, and Greenberg’s imaginative cartoons spreads, in which characters bound tipsily through their milieu viewed from varying perspectives, will retain the interest of children about to exit primary school. It will also have appeal for dreamers who like to think big thoughts.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Greenberg combines abstract art and childlike cartooning in bold colors, thick outlines, and paint-splattered scenes to make Fishman’s engaging text come alive. ...A lively glimpse into the enormity of the universe in a package well suited to the picture-book set.” (Booklist Online)
From the Back Cover
The whole world is filled with big, enormous, gigantic, humongous, incredible numbers.
Look all around you.
You can see them in the sky, and in the grass, and in the forest, and in the ocean, and in the city.
They are even in the pages of this book, just waiting for you—and your one and only imagination.
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The illustrations are beautiful, engaging and diverse, which is much appreciated.
All in all, it's a wonderful, timeless book that is sure to become a favorite.
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My five-year-old and two-and-a-half-year-old both love this book, and I don't get tired of reading it like I do with many other bedtime books.
Kids have these brains that are absorbing massive amounts of information, processing language and numbers, and developing perspectives on their place in the world and the universe. This book helps kids understand truly gigantic numbers. It's fascinating to ponder these big numbers in terms that are accessible to real people. The illustrations are also incredible. Definitely recommended!
The illustrations inside this novel are fantastic. They pop off the page and scream for your attention. They begin with contrasting colors that illustrate the energetic scenes. The bright, bold text then grabs your attention and this text is easy to read and follow.
This book is about numbers, it’s about the world around you and its related numbers. Some of the items that the author talks about are items that I have thought about and some were new ideas that made me think. For example, I have thought about the immensity of the world’s oceans and trees but I have never thought how many gallons of water that might be or how many total trees that would entail. I have thought about the total population of our planet but I never considered how many ants might be living on our planet or how much total weight this might be. This is an interesting book, a book about huge numbers, sometimes numbers so large they are in the million billion range. Before you start to concern yourself with reading all the zero’s in this novel, the author was gracious to his readers and has provided the reader with written text to some of these large numbers so you can say them with dignity. This is a fun, educational, children’s book that I would recommend to children starting around second grade. I think younger children will get bored with all the great information that is included in this novel unless numbers are their thing. The illustrations are definitely a plus for this novel.