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Bedtime Math 2: This Time It's Personal

illus. by Jim Paillot. 96p. chart. ebook available. Feiwel & Friends. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781250040961.
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PreS-Gr 4—With just the right balance of math and humor, Overdeck continues to present mathematical concepts in fun and easy-to-digest pieces that will simultaneously entertain and educate young readers. The book uses bodily forms and functions, clothing, personal preferences, habits, and athletic feats as jumping-off points for fun and creative math problems. (For instance, a spread titled "You've Nailed It" offers information on how fast finger and toenails grow, followed by several math questions of varying levels.) As with her previous installment, Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late (Feiwel & Friends, 2013), Overdeck does not suggest age ranges for each math problem but instead subtly labels appropriate questions for "wee ones," or preschool age kids (focusing on shapes, counting, and comparing numbers); "little kids" (examining basic addition and subtraction); and "big kids" (tackling multiplication and higher digit numbers). Expanding from the previous edition, this title now includes higher-level "bonus" questions, which require several steps to calculate the correct answer. Furthermore, the problems targeted at "wee ones" are now more engaging, as readers are asked to count items on the page, enlist the assistance of an adult to count fingers and toes, and find shapes in the illustrations. Although there is no table of contents, answers to each question can easily be found on their respective pages, and an "Equation Chart" in the back of the book explains the math involved with question. Cartoonlike illustrations add humor throughout. A worthwhile investment for both public and school libraries.—Meaghan Darling, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
Overdeck's aim is ambitious: "to make math as common and beloved as the bedtime story." Each word problem is leveled for "wee ones," "little kids," and "big kids," with an additional "bonus" challenge. The kid-friendly writing is occasionally clunky, but the topics (underwear, animal sounds, sneezing) and illustrations are lively. Answers are included; an "Equation Chart" with problem-solving specifics is appended.

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