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Now What? A Math Tale

Illustrated by Chris Chatterton
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Hardcover
$15.99 US
10.13"W x 10.56"H x 0.36"D   | 16 oz | 30 per carton
On sale May 14, 2019 | 32 Pages | 978-0-7636-7828-9
Age 2-5 years | Up to Kindergarten
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell J
Solve a problem with Puppy and a bag full of blocks! Robie H. Harris and Chris Chatterton team up for another gentle introduction to early math concepts.

Puppy wants to build a bed out of blocks, one that is wide enough and long enough for a snooze. But there aren’t enough rectangles, squares, and triangles. NOW WHAT? Build, measure, count, compare! Follow along as Puppy tries again and again and again and finally figures out how blocks of different shapes and sizes can fit together to build a bed that’s just the right size for a nap.
The digitally colored pencil illustrations with some photographic elements are dear, with an appropriate level of simplicity and lots of negative space in its white, pastel blue, or yellow backgrounds. The puppy's soft curves and spots provide a distinctive visual counter to the beveled edges of the blocks. Quaint independent learning.
—Kirkus Reviews

Harris succeeds in describing block shapes ("1. 2. 3. 4 corners. 1. 2. 3. 4 straight lines—all the same size. Hey! This is a square!") and Puppy's trial-and error-process in kid-friendly terms, providing support for young builders who might not see the design flaws right away. Readers should pair this book with real blocks for a tail-waggingly fun building session once Puppy settles in for a well-earned victory nap.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers
Robie H. Harris (1940-2024) is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Family Library series—It’s Perfectly Normal, It’s So Amazing!, and It’s Not the Stork!—illustrated by Michael Emberley; CRASH! BOOM! A Math Tale, illustrated by Chris Chatterton; and Somewhere, illustrated by Armando Mariño. She is also the author of the Let’s Talk About You and Me series, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, and many other books for young children.

Chris Chatterton is an author and animator as well as the illustrator of CRASH! BOOM! A Math Tale by Robie H. Harris, There’s a Bison Bouncing on the Bed! by Paul Bright, and When Santa Came to Stay by Timothy Knapman. Chris Chatterton lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

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Solve a problem with Puppy and a bag full of blocks! Robie H. Harris and Chris Chatterton team up for another gentle introduction to early math concepts.

Puppy wants to build a bed out of blocks, one that is wide enough and long enough for a snooze. But there aren’t enough rectangles, squares, and triangles. NOW WHAT? Build, measure, count, compare! Follow along as Puppy tries again and again and again and finally figures out how blocks of different shapes and sizes can fit together to build a bed that’s just the right size for a nap.

Praise

The digitally colored pencil illustrations with some photographic elements are dear, with an appropriate level of simplicity and lots of negative space in its white, pastel blue, or yellow backgrounds. The puppy's soft curves and spots provide a distinctive visual counter to the beveled edges of the blocks. Quaint independent learning.
—Kirkus Reviews

Harris succeeds in describing block shapes ("1. 2. 3. 4 corners. 1. 2. 3. 4 straight lines—all the same size. Hey! This is a square!") and Puppy's trial-and error-process in kid-friendly terms, providing support for young builders who might not see the design flaws right away. Readers should pair this book with real blocks for a tail-waggingly fun building session once Puppy settles in for a well-earned victory nap.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers

Author

Robie H. Harris (1940-2024) is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Family Library series—It’s Perfectly Normal, It’s So Amazing!, and It’s Not the Stork!—illustrated by Michael Emberley; CRASH! BOOM! A Math Tale, illustrated by Chris Chatterton; and Somewhere, illustrated by Armando Mariño. She is also the author of the Let’s Talk About You and Me series, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, and many other books for young children.

Chris Chatterton is an author and animator as well as the illustrator of CRASH! BOOM! A Math Tale by Robie H. Harris, There’s a Bison Bouncing on the Bed! by Paul Bright, and When Santa Came to Stay by Timothy Knapman. Chris Chatterton lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.