The author and illustrator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical? series bring their trademark sense of humor to the subject of subtraction. Rhyming text filled with funny, countable examples shows what it means to take one number away from another. Readers are also introduced to the terminology they'll encounter as they learn to subtract.
The author and illustrator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical series bring their trademark sense of humor to the subject of subtraction. Rhyming text filled with funny, countable examples shows what it means to take one number away from another. Readers are also introduced to the terminology they'll encounter as they learn to subtract.
This nicely illustrated little book describes how subtraction works and gives examples in a single loosely connected poem. Illustrations are often funny and many nearly stand alone. The verse is also engaging as in "Like if you had 3 time-outs left / And somehow lost your shoe / Your coach would have to call 1 / and you'd be left with 2." This is not an exercise book. It does not provide practice. Instead it develops a memorable and accurate definition for the operation of subtraction in terms young children understand. Verse, illustrations, and comic situations make that definition memorable. In fact, it would be fun to have children learn the lines and act out the story for another class. One of two books currently in the "Math is CATegorical" series.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-The author has used the format of his popular "Words Are CATegorical" books (Millbrook) to look at mathematical functions. Subtraction is explained in rhyming text and simple, silly cartoons with excellent examples that range from angry bulldogs, hornets, and bowling pins to pieces of birthday cake, sports time-outs, and stuffed animals. The text is actually a rap that would be fun for students to memorize and perform. The illustrations are colorful and attractive, and an explanation of the equals sign is included. Despite a bit of filler at the end, this book has value in the mathematic section of libraries and will find a place in classrooms with teachers who want to appeal to a variety of learning styles.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical series, now a 13-volume set with more than 2 million copies in print. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical series and the single titles Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book and The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor. Mr. Cleary lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Brian Gable is the illustrator of several Words Are CATegorical books, as well as the Make Me Laugh joke books and the Math Is CATegorical series. Mr. Gable lives in Toronto, Canada, where he also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail newspaper.