cover image Double Play!: Monkeying Around with Addition

Double Play!: Monkeying Around with Addition

Betsy Franco, illus. by Doug Cushman. Random/Tricycle, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-58246-384-1

In this counting book about doubling numbers, monkeys Jill (in pink overalls) and Jake (in stripes) find all sorts of applications for math on the playground: "With just their knees,/ they grip the bars./ They're upside-downside/ circus stars. 2 knees + 2 knees = 4 knees." Along with their animal classmates, they take part in games like four square and jump rope ("Their jumping makes/ a rhythmic sound,/ while friends turn ropes/ that slap the ground. 3 kids + 3 kids = 6 kids"). Franco's rhymes swing effortlessly along with the animals' play, giving the simple addition lesson read-aloud appeal. Ages 4%E2%80%938. (July)