Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374348618, 40pp.
Publication Date: March 17, 2009
Each time her teacher asks, "What's seven times ten?" a young girl experiences a severe case of arithmetic strain. "Numbers flew out of my head by the score. They stuck to the ceiling; they bounced off the floor " Soon, exploding numbers are taking over her classroom, her school then the entire town
Ebullient verse and ingenious collage illustrations full of hilarious escalating antics make this kid-centric romp through the dreaded times tables a read-aloud gem. Clever endpapers feature a multiplication table.
Prior to becoming a writer, I worked at Hartford Hospital as a medical technologist. I was also a social worker for a brief time.
Like many children, I was raised on Mother Goose rhymes. I can still remember begging my parents to read me just one more poem. Much later, when my four children were grown, I turned once again to the fun-filled magic of these poems and was inspired to write my own rhyming verse. I m sure I find as much joy in writing for children as did the elusive Mother Goose.
"Kyrsten Brooker's" wonderful books for children include "Runaway Dreidel!" by Leslea Newman, "They Saw the Future" by Kathleen Krull, and "Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street" by Roni Schotter. She lives in Alberta, Canada.
“Author Joan Horton’s rhyming narrative sets a hilariously hyperbolic scene . . . . An ingenious riff on the rigors of multiplication, the text gains even more energy from Kyrsten Brooker’s dynamic oil paint and collage illustrations.” —Family Fun Magazine
“The high-energy artwork will entertain.” —Publishers Weekly
“The rhyming text is well cadenced, with carefully chosen words that flow easily. Rich paint and collage illustrations combine textures and colors with numbers spilling over the pages.” —School Library Journal
“The creative juxtaposition of different textures and off-kilter picture components gives a vivid sense of the story’s chaotic events. Absurd and amusing.” —Booklist
“Take a look at the inside front and back covers for something extra and educational.” —Infodad.com