Follow this curly-headed little girl who’s tracking her shaggy monster through a shape-filled county fair. Could he be here? Artist Light says he loves fairs (his nearest is in Queens, NY) and it shows. The fair’s intricate geometry is exquisitely drawn in black ink on white paper. Only the twenty shapes--including exotic ones like nonagons, trapeziums, and quatrefoils--are washed with colored inks. Sometimes the monster’s easy to spot; sometimes not--it’s hardest in a scene dominated by the giant amethyst circle of a Ferris wheel. Kids can search among the members of a marching band (red pentagon hats), at a livestock competition (lime-green fence squares), even at a snack bar trimmed with burnt-sienna triangles, where the monster loads up on treats. As they finally head for home, a golden crescent moon appears. Young mathematicians learn geometry and vocabulary, while parents, teachers (and artists) have fun at the fair as well.
2015, Ages 4 to 8
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.