★ “The story is told with a realistic, relatable tone and. . . builds suspense as the scenarios change in unpredictable ways. The. . . reactions and subsequent expressions of the book’s characters are a hoot. VERDICT A fun way to introduce young children to mathematical principles.”
– School Library Journal, starred review
“Citro’s exasperated text works hand in glove with Watson’s comical birds to make this counting game a joy rather than a task.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Readers can see right on the wire there that if six pigeons fly off, that leaves four―math at its most accessible.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“The goofy illustrations are large enough to be seen from a distance, and the single-digit math problems are simple and align perfectly with the bright illustrations. This is a charming way to reinforce basic math concepts.” (– Booklist)
About the Author
Asia Citro has an M.Ed in Science Education and was a classroom science teacher for many years before deciding to stay home full time after the birth of her daughter. She lives near Seattle with her wonderful husband, two awesome children, two destructive cats, and a terrarium of happy bugs. She is the author of 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, The Curious Kid’s Science Book, A Little Bit of Dirt, the chapter book series Zoey and Sassafras, and Vroom Vroom Garbage Truck. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, The Chicago Tribune, Today, Disney Baby, MSN, King 5 TV, New Day Northwest, and Highlights, among others.
Richard Watson spent many of his younger years drawing medieval knights, dragons, and entire comic books inspired by his love of reading. He studied illustration at Lincoln University and lives in the north of England.
Telling a story about pigeons should be simple. But what’s a narrator to do when the number of feathered friends is constantly changing? Can our intrepid storyteller use math facts to keep up with the unstable quantities. . . or is this pigeon-centric tale doomed?