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Children's LiteratureKids will like this book so much they will actually enjoy learning a little math as they read. Harley Harrison, a bristle-haired tattletale and excellent math student, is the scourge of the second grade. He keeps notes documenting the other students' transgressions and then presents them to those in charge. He reports Erwin for chewing erasers after adding up just how many erasers Erwin chews in a week. He reports Cindy and Mindy for forgetting to clean under their desks for three days, after he counts the items they have neglected. He also reports Luis for drinking two chocolate milks a day at lunch. Of course, he totals Luis' intake for the week. Enter Emma Jean, a new student in the class who is also good at math and who reports Harley for spending too much time at the water fountain. Emma Jean adds up the total time before handing the teacher a note. There are a few more rounds before Harley and Emma Jean learn to work together and find they are too busy to tattletale any longer. The illustrations, especially those of pencil-chewing Erwin, capture the flavor of second grade. In addition to the math included in the story, there are "Math Tattle Battle Teasers" for youngsters to solve in the back of the book. 2006, Albert Whitman, Ages 5 to 8.
—Carolyn Mott Ford