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Some kids collect baseball cards. Some collect action figures. Me? I collect fractions. I've been collecting them for exactly ? of my life. In my bedroom, shelves full of fractions cover ¾ of my walls. Maybe it's because I was born during a half moon. Or maybe it's because I'm ¼ genius, ¼ stubborn, ? determined, and ? crazy. But for me, it all adds up to one thing: I can't get enough of those darn fractions.
"Einhorn, who addressed probability in A Very Improbable Story, explains simplifying fractions in this whimsical, if sometimes convoluted addition to the Charlesbridge Math Adventures series. The dorkily dapper narrator, a sort of fractions-loving cousin to Richie Rich, explains that he's been collecting fractions represented by pie graphs mounted on pedestals 'for exactly 2/3 of my life.' When a 5/9 comes up for auction, he bids '1/2 of a million dollars,' but a competing bidder steals the object when the lights go out during the auction. George uses a whisk and computer parts to make a Reducer, a device that is '1/2 ray gun and 1/2 calculator' and can reduce a fraction to its lowest form, thereby removing its 'disguise.' The boy visits the thief's castle and zaps his collection of fractions in hopes of finding one that reduces to 5/9. Featuring several characters reminiscent of Ronald Searle's caricatures, Clark's (Higgins Hole) ink-and-watercolor cartoons build on the story's humor, and Einhorn works hard to give the story a sense of drama, but wordy explanations of reducing sap some of the momentum. Ages 7 10. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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