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From School Library Journal

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

About the Author

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.

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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599901668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599901664
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My four-year-old son recently showed a sudden interest in super heroes (Batman, Superman, et al.), but I could not find anything that I considered appropriate for him (i.e., not too scary and not too adult). This book fits the bill! It's a clever and engaging story about a boy and his friends at Superhero School who use their super powers--and the math lessons they've learned at school--to save their teachers from the evil ice zombies. (Don't worry! The zombies are not very scary.) He loves me to read it to him over and over, and I keep hearing him repeat his favorite lines from the book (e.g., "Suddently, it hit him like a giant mutant octopus!"). I think it will also be a book he will enjoy reading himself once he gets to that point. (He can already read some of it.) I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a book for children ages 3 to 9 who are interested in super heroes.
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Bought this book based on my four-year-olds love of both Creepy Carrots and Chicks and Salsa (which happen to be two of my favorite books as well). So we had really high hopes going into this book. However, this book was disappointing for me, my husband, and our four-year-old son. Although the idea behind this book is a solid one and the proliferation of math concepts throughout is a nice idea in theory, some really clunky writing makes this book tedious and a real chore to read. My son has never asked for it after the first time. And that hardly ever happens when it comes to books for him. Perhaps we will save this for when he gets a little bit older, and he may have a renewed interest in it. But for now, its a total dud.
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Highly entertaining book that is ALSO educational! Fun for smaller kids, and when they get a little older they'll get the math part. One of my all time fave book purchases. Visually presents math facts with great success.
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I teach 3rd grade and this year I went with a superhero theme for my classroom. I read this on the first day of school the kids LOVED this book! It teaches them that all hero's need more than just physical strength, but academic strength to make them truly powerful! I was able to pull a days math lesson from the text as well! This will be a must read every year!
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My five year old has started math this year in Kinder and really enjoyed reading this book over and over! She actually drew her own conclusions about how useful math can be and has pointed out to be several times in other situations how her newly found math knowledge has saved the day. Even though the multiplication/division concept has not been introduced to her she still "got" the point! We would look forward to more math adventures at this school someday!
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My son really enjoys this book. He is 5 and loves superheros. The book is age appropriate and a fun read.
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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!
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I bought this book for my son. It's fantastic. The illustrations are wonderful! I highly recommend it.
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