Now What? A Math Tale – Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Chris Chatterton

    Now What? A Math Tale – Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Chris Chatterton, Candlewick Press, 9780763678289, 2019

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? An adorable sleepy puppy narrates as it attempts to construct a bed to use for naptime using a set of wooden blocks. In the process, basic knowledge about math shapes is painlessly conveyed. In places, the text does get a little clunky in order to fully communicate the concepts, “Whoa! A rectangle has 1. 2. 3. 4 straight lines. And 1. 2. 3. 4 corners. Oh. This is a rectangle that’s square!”  Despite that drawback, it could be a fun read-aloud, especially if the reader brought along a set of blocks that children could use to construct the “bed” along with the puppy.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  If it became a child’s favorite, I think it might get tedious for the adult reading it aloud after the first few times.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended to teach basic facts about shapes to preK or Kindergarteners.

Who should buy this book? Day care centers, kindergarten classrooms, and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it ? Shelve with Picture Books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review: 7/16/19

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