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It's "Math Curse "meets "The Incredibles"!Leonard is no ordinary kid--he's enrolled in Superhero School, where leaping tall buildings in a single bound is considered child's play. If only division, fractions, and multiplication came as naturally, and weren't so, well, "ordinary." But when the kids' math teacher, Mr. Tornado, and the rest of the staff get kidnapped by ice zombies, Leonard and his pals find themselves using every superhero trick in the book--not to mention a few unexpected math skills-- to divide (and conquer!) the enemy.
Aaron Reynolds is the author of Buffalo Wings and Chicks and Salsa as well as several other soon to be published picture books and a graphic novel series. He lives near Chicago, with his wife and two children. Andy Rash has created cartoons for numerous magazines and newspapers across the country, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Entertainment Weekly. He has written and illustrated two books of his own, and also illustrated Fat Camp Commandos and its sequel-both written by Daniel Pinkwater. www.rashworks.com
K-Gr 4-Super psyched to attend superhero school, Leonard and his classmates are disappointed to find themselves belaboring math problems with Mr. Tornado instead of focusing on important subjects, such as destroying alien death rays and conquering supervillains and mad scientists. When the unthinkable happens and the teachers are kidnapped by the ice zombies, the class shifts into superhero mode faster than anyone can text "HELP." The obstacles they face are only solvable by application of their newly discovered comprehension of multiplication, division, and fractions. When Mr. Tornado rewards the class for their amazing rescue with an A+ on the math quiz, it registers with Leonard and his fellow superheros that they may have been duped by the faculty. Now the youngsters realize that math is a useful and enjoyable subject. Rash's illustrations in digital collage of gouache and Sharpies create his trademark cartoons that pulsate with energy and engage readers. Reynolds creatively blends the use of math skills in word-problem superhero settings that are playful, smart, and positive. This title is sure to be a winner with children who are anxious or reluctant about math.-Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.