Double Those Wheels

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Monkey is making a very special delivery with a little help from a lot of wheels. Starting with a unicycle, Monkey doubles that wheel so he has two-a bicycle! Doubling again, two wheels become four-a car! The fun multiplies until sixty-four wheels-and a surprise ride-get him to the birthday celebration just in time.

Children fascinated by vehicles will delight in Monkey's gentle adventure. And the lively read-aloud text and bright, graphic ...

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Overview

Monkey is making a very special delivery with a little help from a lot of wheels. Starting with a unicycle, Monkey doubles that wheel so he has two-a bicycle! Doubling again, two wheels become four-a car! The fun multiplies until sixty-four wheels-and a surprise ride-get him to the birthday celebration just in time.

Children fascinated by vehicles will delight in Monkey's gentle adventure. And the lively read-aloud text and bright, graphic illustrations make this introduction to basic multiplication twice as nice.

Illustrated by Steve Haskamp.

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Publishers Weekly
In Day's (A Kitten's Year) charming, rhyming romp, a monkey sets off on a unicycle to his job delivering pizzas, and encounters a series of mishaps-each of which compel him to change his mode of transport by doubling his wheels. The catchy verse propels the story along: "Chug, chug. Putt, putt./ Can't be late!/ Double those wheels/ and you've got.../ eight!" Haskamp's (Pumpkinhead) paintings-some spot illustrations, others full-bleed pages or spreads-depict the monkey's dedication to getting the pizza to its destination. His delivery car breaks down, and a tow truck appears (that makes the eight); when it runs out of gas, he hitches a ride with a 16-wheeler. Finally, it's a hot-air balloon that gets the pizza, still piping hot, to a child's birthday party. Painted in broad brushstrokes on textured canvas, Haskamp's lively, candy-colored illustrations subtly weave in and enhance mathematical concepts (the 32-wheel spread is especially inspired: the truck itself rides on only 12 wheels, but it transports five cars), while in the text itself, the numeral and the spelled-out number appear together. Haskamp also incorporates identifiable patterns and shapes, many of which-bananas, trees, buildings, balloons-cry out to be counted. Whether admiring the ingenuity of the monkey, memorizing the snappy rhymes or mastering a new math concept, children will find this book a joy. Ages 3-6. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 2-Setting out to deliver pizza, an energetic monkey dressed in a red hat, bow tie, and shorts has problems from the start. His unicycle hits a rock, so he gets a bicycle. As each mode of transportation runs into difficulties, he moves on-to a car, tow truck, 16-wheeler, car carrier (with 32 wheels, counting the autos being transported), and train with 64 wheels. Finally, with a cow in the way, the monkey jumps into a hot-air balloon and the pizza arrives at a birthday party, "-on the dot.- good and hot!" The simple illustrations are bold, colorful, and humorous. Stuart J. Murphy's Double the Ducks (HarperCollins, 2003) is more complicated, and Loreen Leedy's sophisticated 2 X 2 = Boo! A Set of Spooky Multiplication Stories (Holiday, 1995) concerns multiplying other numbers in addition to two. Children who love vehicles will adore this book. The text is very simple, and the math lesson is painless. A fun choice for storytimes.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A young monkey illustrates the power of doubling in an ingenious early math title. Monkey has a pizza delivery job and many transportation problems. He starts off on a unicycle, but quickly graduates to a bicycle, then a car, each time doubling the number of wheels on his vehicle from one to sixty-four. As new troubles arise, monkey travels in a tow truck, a freight truck, a car carrier, and a train, until he finally delivers the pizza by hot air balloon. Short, simple sentences and rhyme that includes the new number make this a delightful romp for young readers who will also enjoy counting all the wheels, whether by ones, or for a challenge by twos. Haskamp's lively paintings fill the pages, cleverly designing each illustration so that at least part of every wheel is visible. And if readers have trouble counting the wheels on the vehicles, they can count the wheels bordering the pages instead. Nicely delivered. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525468530
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/14/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Raines Day is the author of two previous books for children and has another upcoming title with Dutton.

Steve Haskamp has illustrated books by Carly Simon and Margery Cuyler. This is his Dutton debut.

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