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Arithme-tickle : an even number of odd riddle-rhymes
Lewis, J. Patrick.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, Inc., [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Rhyming text and illustrations present a variety of math problems.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.2 2 Quiz: 31887 Guided reading level: L.
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QA115 .L48 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QA115 .L48 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QA115 .L48 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QA115 .L48 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Who knew math could be so fun? These eighteen zany rhyming riddles involve addition, subtraction, and simple multiplication to calculate everything from poodle weights to travel time. And for anyone who's stumped, the answers are included in mirror -writing below each riddle.
J. Patrick Lewis's clever rhymes and kid-friendly illustrations by bestselling illustrator Frank Remkiewicz add up to a thoroughly engaging book that will inspire even the most reluctant mathematicians to reach for their pencils!

Author Notes

J. Patrick Lewis was born on May 5, 1942. He is a poet and prose writer who is known for his children's poems. He worked as a professor of economics before devoting himself full-time to writing in 1998. He is the author of 90 children's books including: BoshBlobberBosh, Please Bury Me in the Library, A Hippopotamusn't, First Dog, Spot the Plot, The House, and The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. In 2014, his title Voices from the March on Washington, made the Hot Civil Rights Titles List.

He has received many awards from the American Library Association, The Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Claudia Lewis Award from The Bank Street School and others. He also received the 2010-11 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Children's Poetry Award. He was also named the third, U.S. Children's Poet Laureate for 2011-2013 by the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. Wordplay, riddles, and math problems test readers' skill at addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, telling time, logic, and even general knowledge in this colorfully illustrated collection. Clearly meant to make math more approachable and enjoyable, this compilation includes enough genuinely complex puzzles to keep hardcore young math buffs entertained, whether working the equations themselves or challenging one another. The bright, pencil-and-watercolor illustrations occasionally offer hints; otherwise, puzzle solvers are left to their own devices to decide, for example, the average age of a kindergartner. One truly puzzling riddle, for which no answer is provided, deals with how to read the answers (hold the book in front of a mirror). Children who find math difficult may be frustrated rather than amused, but the humorous tone of the rhyming text and the variety of puzzles will definitely add to the fun for those who are ready for a challenge. --Diane Foote

Publisher's Weekly Review

Arithme-Tickle: An Even Number of Odd Riddle-Rhymes by J. Patrick Lewis, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz, offers a host of clever math riddles with titles like "Finger Play" (which teaches a nifty trick for multiplying by nine) and "Your Average Cow," which asks kids to compare bovine and human life expectancies. Answers appear (upside-down) below each entry. Humorous cartoons multiply the fun. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-4-A new book by a wordplay master always adds up to fun. Arithme-Tickle brings to math puzzles and queries the same rhythmic zest Lewis's Riddle-Icious (Knopf, 1996) brought to verbal riddles. Remkiewicz's bright, energetic watercolor-and-pencil illustrations amplify the humor in each challenge (a riotous tropical scene accompanies "How Many Coconuts?"-"How many palm trees swaying in the breeze?/How many hives for the bumblebees?/How many warthogs in a quartet?/How many apes eating apes suzette?"). Answers are thoughtfully provided at the end of each poem. A book to enjoy "If you are most particular,/Curved, straight, or perpendicular/(That is, arithme-ticular!)."-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.