Synopses & Reviews
What comes after 1 + 1?
Just about anything!
In this fanciful collection, Amy Krouse Rosenthal puts together unexpected combinations that always add up to something special. Whether it's "wishes + frosting = birthday" or "birds + buds = spring," each equation is a small delight. This Plus That shows again and again that life's total experience is always greater than the sum of its parts.
"Rosenthal continues her run of inspired ideas with another collaboration with Corace (Little Pea). Here, in an exercise calculated to delight, she ditches the boring numbers in math equations for words. Two pigtailed girls squabble, then reason with each other. The outcome is a simple sum: 'yes + no = maybe.' The same two girls gossip through a tin-can telephone: 'laughter + keeping secrets + sharing = best friend.' Witty observations 'anything + sprinkles = better' alternate with improving messages as well as nods to the seasons, arts, and kid-friendly activities. 'Mumbling + toe staring Ã¢Â‰Â polite' accompanies the awkward introduction of one of the pigtailed girls to the other's mother; on the next page, with 'handshake + 'how are you' = polite,' the girl does better. Corace's stylized pen and ink vignettes show a world that's safe and secure; the same family members appear throughout ('tall + coffee = grown-up'), and the activities give evidence of cherished routines ('cozy + smell of pancakes alarm clock = weekend'). It's the kind of math that children won't have any trouble comprehending. Ages 4 8. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and grown-ups. Her children’s books include the Cookies series, illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer; Duck! Rabbit!, The OK Book, Yes Day!, and It’s Not Fair!, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld; Spoon, illustrated by Scott Magoon; The Wonder Book, illustrated by Paul Schmid; and This Plus That, Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink, illustrated by Jen Corace. Her work for grown-ups includes the memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and the film project The Beckoning of Lovely