3×4 with Annemarie by Ivan Brunetti. Toon, 2018. ISBN 9781943145348
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Easy reader fiction/comics
What did you like about the book? Using comics to illustrate multiplication is a great idea. Annemarie’s classroom teacher introduces sets as a way to start thinking about multiplication. Each of the kids in the room goes home to think about how to illustrate sets that add up to twelve. So, beginning readers get repeated examples of 3 x 4, 2 x 6, and 1 x 12. Each page opening has twelve of something to count. Diverse characters at school and at home, delightful stylized illustrations in bright colors, and easy to read text make this an appealing title for new readers.
To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 5-9, especially those who liked Brunetti’s Wordplay and who enjoy the Toon early reader comics.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels or easy readers
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, especially if you are an Ivan Brunetti fan.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: August 10, 2018