Wing Wing Brothers Math Spectacular!
by Long, Ethan






The Wing Wing brothers spin plates, juggle pies, and reveal a magic box, all while delivering a math lesson on addition, subtraction, and number values.





Meet the lovable Wing Wing Brothers, five comical, costumed characters with bird features as well as human ones (birdlike feet, humanoid arms, birdlike beaks, gleaming teeth). Their three-act stage show includes two brothers engaged in competitive plate-juggling, one brother juggling pies, and all five mysteriously disappearing into and reappearing from a large box. All these activities lend themselves to mathematical expressions that change to reflect events in the stories. Throughout the book, mathematical symbols such as >, <, +, -, and = are used. The text and illustrations combine to make their meanings easier to grasp. Created in pencil and digitally colored, Long's zany illustrations use cartoon-style panels to tell the three little stories, each ending in a climax featuring broad humor. With a final-page note on how the book meets Common Core State Standards for kindergarten mathematics, this lively picture book has a practical purpose as well as a well-developed sense of fun. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.





The vaudevillian Wing Wing Brothers' attempts to outdo and upstage each other are sure to cause some giggles…and ideally some math learning, as well. Act 1 is all about comparing amounts and introduces children to the equal, less-than and greater-than signs. Wendell and Wilmer try to one-up each other in the number of spinning plates they are able to balance. In the end, 10=10 predictably becomes 0=0. Act 2 focuses on addition and subtraction and stars Willy, who holds one pie. His brothers each try to nail him with more pies, but he just adds them to his juggling act. When Willy is juggling 4+1=5 pies, the slapstick ending (and subsequent subtraction problem) is not hard to guess. The third act mixes up the addition and subtraction problems with a magic box that causes the brothers to appear and disappear. When all the brothers disappear into the box, green clouds give a hint as to the final slapstick joke. Long seems to know just how long to draw out the shtick so it doesn't lose readers' attention, ending on a comical high note. His humorous illustrations—black pencil outlines with digital color that are reminiscent of Mo Willems' pigeon—will keep kids riveted with the birds' fantastically expressive faces. This is how learning math should be—painless, comical and, yes, spectacular. (Math picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.






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