Arithme-Tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes
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Arithme-Tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes

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by J. Patrick Lewis, Frank Remkiewicz
     
 

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These eighteen zany rhyming riddles involve addition, subtraction, and simple multiplication to calculate everything from poodle weights to travel time. And for anyone who's stumped, the answers are included in mirror-writing below each riddle.
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These eighteen zany rhyming riddles involve addition, subtraction, and simple multiplication to calculate everything from poodle weights to travel time. And for anyone who's stumped, the answers are included in mirror-writing below each riddle.

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"Illustrated word problems, for fun? Well, any book that can rhyme 'Wapakoneta' with 'Green cheese or Swiss or feta' can bring back the joy of puzzle solving."--Chicago Tribune
Publishers Weekly
Arithme-Tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes by J. Patrick Lewis, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz, offers a host of clever math riddles with titles like "Finger Play" (which teaches a nifty trick for multiplying by nine) and "Your Average Cow," which asks kids to compare bovine and human life expectancies. Answers appear (upside-down) below each entry. Humorous cartoons multiply the fun. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Everyone can relate to children (and a few adults!) who struggle with math. In this book, subtitled "An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes," readers are given riddles to solve that have them adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing like pros before they even know that they're doing math and building confidence in a subject they may have been dreading. As any teacher knows, once the frustration is gone and the self-esteem is boosted, learning comes much more easily. The riddles increase in difficulty as the book progresses, but even budding mathematicians will be up to the challenge. Answers are given in reverse type (have your mirrors ready), with alternate addition solutions given for multiplication problems (i.e. "3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 18 or 3 x 6 = 18"). After working through these problems with a child or class, encourage them to come up with their own riddles. 2002, Harcourt,
— Carey Ahr
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-A new book by a wordplay master always adds up to fun. Arithme-Tickle brings to math puzzles and queries the same rhythmic zest Lewis's Riddle-Icious (Knopf, 1996) brought to verbal riddles. Remkiewicz's bright, energetic watercolor-and-pencil illustrations amplify the humor in each challenge (a riotous tropical scene accompanies "How Many Coconuts?"-"How many palm trees swaying in the breeze?/How many hives for the bumblebees?/How many warthogs in a quartet?/How many apes eating apes suzette?"). Answers are thoughtfully provided at the end of each poem. A book to enjoy "If you are most particular,/Curved, straight, or perpendicular/(That is, arithme-ticular!)."-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Math story problems aren't always boring exercises about dividing up a bowl of apples or trains traveling between cities. Sometimes story problems can be rhyming, funny, and delightfully illustrated, as evidenced by this collaboration between Lewis (A World of Wonders, p. 48, etc.) and Remkiewicz, illustrator of the popular Horrible Harry and Froggy series. The 18 math puzzles are full of amusing names and situations, such as calculating the time for a quick trip to Kalamazoo or the weight of a poodle named Poo-poo-pee-doo. Three additional selections include a novel way to multiply by nine as well as a rebus-like round of letters between a dog and a cat (regarding a K-9 T). The text is printed on blue-lined notebook paper with the answers to the puzzles cleverly printed below each problem in reverse (adding a mini-science lesson when the answers are held up to a mirror to be read). Remkiewicz provides cheery illustrations in watercolor and colored pencil, with smiling children and comical animals in double-page spreads that will work well with a group. Most of the puzzles are at the third- or fourth-grade level, but many could be solved by younger children with an adult's help. This is also an excellent choice for younger gifted children, who will enjoy the challenge of math problems with a humorous twist. (Nonfiction. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152058487
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,141,978
Product dimensions:
8.12(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author


J. PATRICK LEWIS has written more than thirty-five books for children, including Please Bury Me in the Library, illustrated by Kyle M. Stone. He lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

FRANK REMKIEWICZ
is best known for his illustrations in the beloved Froggy series. He has illustrated more than sixty books for young people, most recently Horrible Harry and the Goog, the newest installment in the popular Horrible Harry series. He lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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Arithme-Tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
cindykgood More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful for children that love math, but don't enjoy reading so much. They must read to complete the math related in the poem. Pat Lewis is a delight!
librarianAN More than 1 year ago
Makes kids really think--excellent brain exercise.