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How Big is It?: A Big Book All about Bigness
     

How Big is It?: A Big Book All about Bigness

by Ben Hillman
 

A big book all about bigness!

This BIG title removes the confusion of the abstract by teaching size through eye-catching juxtaposition in "oh wow!" images. For instance, any idea about the size of the mysterious Giant Squid of the deep? Sure, you could read that it's 59.5 ft. long. While that sounds impressive enough, it's a little abstract. However, when you

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A big book all about bigness!

This BIG title removes the confusion of the abstract by teaching size through eye-catching juxtaposition in "oh wow!" images. For instance, any idea about the size of the mysterious Giant Squid of the deep? Sure, you could read that it's 59.5 ft. long. While that sounds impressive enough, it's a little abstract. However, when you see a full-color illustration of a Giant Squid placed in front of the entire length of a farmhouse, you get a real idea of what 59.5 feet means!

Editorial Reviews

Julie Just
The author's slightly goofy style…suits the outlandish Photoshopped images…Good mind-bending fun.
—The New York Times
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This is, appropriately enough, a big book about big things written with intelligence and humor and offering fascinating comparisons. The giant squid is presented first pictured against the backdrop of a fairly typical suburban home. The text notes that the biggest ever found was 55 feet, 2 inches long. After reading through interesting facts about the giant squid (Architeuthis dux), the student wanting to know more is advised to "Get in a submarine, bring a giant tub of calamari sauce, and go find one." The format continues throughout the book. The illustrations are all eye-catching. The reticulated python is shown using an escalator and the Goliath Bird-eating Spider is pictured set on a dinner plate. "How big is a googol?" That question appears at the end of the book and the answer is as fact-filled and entertaining as the rest of the text. Kids will enjoy learning while reading this book. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5- Kids hungry for amazing facts will reach for this oversize volume that describes 22 immense items-everything from the longest snake to the biggest diving machine to the highest number. A sharp photo nearly fills each spread, helping to put the size of the objects discussed into perspective. For example, the world's largest single-dish telescope is depicted with the Eiffel Tower lying across it, showing that the height of the tower is about the same as the width of the dish. The biggest spider on Earth is pictured stretching to the outer rim of a dinner plate. Historical and natural facts allow readers to become acquainted with each item. The tone is fun and exaggerative, emphasizing the remarkable nature of the measurements while conveying true facts.-Amanda Moss, Maywood Elementary School, Monona, WI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439918084
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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