COUNTING IN DOG YEARS AND OTHER SASSY MATH POEMS, by Betsy Franco and Priscilla Tey, Candlewick, Oct. 11, 2022, Hardcover, $18.99 (ages 8-12)
Mathematics and poetry collide in Counting in Dog Years and Other Sassy Math Poems, written by Betsy Franco and illustrated by Priscilla Tey.
Award-winning author Betsy Franco is back with another performance that explores a range of math topics — from fractions and time measurements to geometry and graphs — in a way that relates math to the daily lives of children.
Even the most mathematically disinclined will warm to these innovative poems, illustrated by Priscilla Tey, whose mechanical “Numbots” guide readers through a surreal playground. From multiplying mice to missing socks, from stinky scales to bug races, this collection of verse subtracts the mystery, fear, and loathing from mathematics. —Synopsis provided by Candlewick
In case you’re wondering, Counting in Dog Years is as fun as the title implies. Betsy Franco’s bouncing text are a joy to read aloud. The words practically roll off your tongue. And her poems are funny. Laugh-out-loud funny.
And so are Priscilla Tey’s quirky illustrations. Her artwork pairs perfectly in tone and depiction.
Counting in Dog Years is a great combination of creativity and math. Kids who like poems, math and silly illustrations will all be drawn to it. The book is a great option for the classroom as it illustrates how many subjects can overlap and benefit from each other.
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