|3 x 4 (Toon into reading)|
Author: Brunetti, Ivan
Annemarie and eleven other classmates find various ways to draw sets of twelve, learning about multiplication along the way.
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 07/01/2018 Annemarie has moved on from compounds (in Wordplay?, 2017) to math in this visually clever introduction to basic multiplication. Her teacher asks her class to draw 12 things for homework, but they have to be in sets. Annemarie feels a little stuck and wonders what her classmates are up to, and subsequent pages reveal their creative ideas: a three-picture series of four seeds growing into four trees; a dragon with four heads, four feet, and four tails; four rows of three donuts each; two rows of six roses; and so on. Brunetti’s friendly, genial artwork, composed of crisp shapes, straight lines, and flat, bold colors, contains groups of three or four on nearly every page, which little ones will like hunting for. Best of all, though, is many different, creative ways the students complete the assignment. Their projects range in size, complexity, and format, but they all show 12 objects, which nicely reinforces the elementary math concept. The premise may seem simple, but Brunetti gives it plenty of depth. This entertaining, playful concept book teems with charm. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2018 K-Gr 2—Annemarie and her classmates, who readers met in Brunetti's Wordplay, are back with a new homework assignment. They need to draw 12 things but in sets. Three sets of four? Four sets of 3? Two sets of 6? It's entirely up to them. The students (and there are, of course, 12 of them) each find an ingenious way to draw 12 of their favorite things as they create art and also begin learning the basics of multiplication. This is a charming beginning reader graphic novel. The art features colorful backgrounds and ethnically diverse characters, rendered with eye-catching crisp lines and basic shapes. The panels alternate between full-page and four-panel pages, chock-full of hidden sets of threes that children will have fun finding, counting, and sorting, all without realizing that they are learning math. The action moves forward smoothly, and the word bubbles are well positioned, with black text and numbers highlighted in color. As with all of the publisher's works, this title ends with tips for reading comics with kids and includes grade suggestions and reading levels. Brunetti's second volume is a lovely graphic story that teaches a simple concept in a most engaging way and will be snapped up by fans and newcomers alike. VERDICT Another winner for beginning readers.—Kelley Gile, Cheshire Public Library, CT - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.