Arithme-tickle An even number of odd riddle-rhymes

J. Patrick Lewis

Book - 2002

Rhyming text and illustrations present a variety of math problems.

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San Diego : Harcourt c2002.
Physical Description
32 p. : ill
Main Author
J. Patrick Lewis (-)
Other Authors
Frank Remkiewicz (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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. ((Reviewed May 15, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Offers young readers eighteen riddles involving subtraction, addition, and simple multiplication with answers on the bottom of the page and full-color illustrations. 20,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Rhyming text and illustrations present a variety of math problems.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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!

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A zany, fun book of 19 poems that will have kids learning without even realizing it!