This exuberant picture book by Katherine Hannigan, the acclaimed and bestselling author of Ida B , is about math concepts, friendship, and imaginative play, and is told entirely in equations
A young girl and her dog spend the day playing in her backyard, where with her imagination--and a few helpful props--anything can happen.Read more...
This exuberant picture book by Katherine Hannigan, the acclaimed and bestselling author of Ida B, is about math concepts, friendship, and imaginative play, and is told entirely in equations
A young girl and her dog spend the day playing in her backyard, where with her imagination--and a few helpful props--anything can happen. What do you get when you combine dirt and water? Mud What do you get when you take a sheet, a flowerpot, and a stick and make a costume? You transform yourself into Her Majesty, the queen A cape and a strong breeze turn the treehouse into an airplane. A sheet, a stick, and a pair of well-placed cat's ears turn the girl into a pirate At least until mutiny leaves her alone in her kiddie pool . . . surrounded by sharks Cheerful and action-packed illustrations and a combination of comic-like panels, conversation bubbles, sound effects, and full-page illustrations make Dirt + Water = Mud particularly appealing for new readers.
- ISBN-13: 9780062345172
- ISBN-10: 0062345176
- Publisher: Greenwillow Books
- Publish Date: July 2016
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Hannigan (Gwendolyn Grace) introduces a heroine whose imagination soars sky-high as she plays with her dog. The endpapers offer a preview of the creative role-play within, presenting a bird’s-eye view of the girl’s yard complete with a key (“tree house = airplane”; “front porch = pirate ship”). Equations set up the girl’s pretend-play scenarios (“Sheet + Flowerpot + Stick = Her Majesty, the Queen”), and Hannigan uses watercolors and digital embellishments to bring the fantasies to life. The merging of mathematical equations and imaginative play is clever, but the story falls short in a few areas. The girl and her faithful dog (who serves as her trusty knight, first mate on a pirate ship, and more) are expressive, but the rough-hewn watercolor portraits never feel at home in their slickly digital surroundings. A couple of potentially jarring moments during their adventures—the girl jumps from her tree house using a bed sheet as an (ineffective) parachute and later pretends to drown in her kiddie pool—leave this equation not quite adding up. Ages 4–8. Agent: Victoria Wells Arms, Wells Arms Literary. (July)