A VERY IMPROBABLE STORY by Edward Einhorn

A VERY IMPROBABLE STORY

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 7 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

The latest of the Charlesbridge Math Adventures tackles the idea of probability. Ethan awakens one morning to find an unfamiliar cat named Odds on his head. Odds refuses to get off until Ethan wins a probability game. But that’s not as easy as it sounds. Ethan fails to choose a dime from his bank, or to find two matching socks from his drawer of ten pairs. It is when his sister brings out the marbles that the true teaching moment begins. Ethan lays out color pairs to determine what the odds are of pulling out two white marbles from a bag of 100 of four equal colors. It isn’t until breakfast that Ethan finally wins. By then, he has taken the lesson to heart and realizes that probability could help him win his upcoming soccer game. Gustavson’s oil paintings highlight the improbability of Ethan’s situation—his attempts to remove Odds, and failing that, to conceal him, will have readers in stitches. Each of Ethan and Odds facial expressions speaks volumes. Aside from its rather sluggish start, this is solid math that also teaches children about its applicability in the wider world. (Picture book. 7-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-57091-871-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2008




MORE BY ADAM GUSTAVSON

ChildrenLOST AND FOUND by Adam Gustavson
by Bill Harley
ChildrenSILENT STAR by Bill Wise
by Bill Wise

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHAT'S A POSSIBILITY! by Bruce Goldstone
by Bruce Goldstone
ChildrenNUMBED! by David Lubar
by David Lubar