Those wild Wing Wing Brothers are back in their third escapade, this time exploring geometry.
Three “amazing feats” hit kindergarten and first-grade Common Core State Standards for geometry. In the first, the five brothers take turns getting shot out of the Whammer. The goal is to go through the ring of fire. But they land in front of it, fly above it and land behind, wind up beside it and below it (it’s near a cliff), until finally Walter manages the feat, though not without lighting his tail feathers on fire. In the second, Walter has a magic wand that “POOF!”s shapes into existence…on the beaks of his brothers. Two triangles of equal size make a square, while two squares create a rectangle. Combining them, Walter makes a parallelogram and a trapezoid, but when the weight proves too much for his brothers, these land on and break his legs: “Walter, you need little west.” In the final amazing feat, Wendell saws a rectangular box into two and then four equal parts…with Walter inside. Long refers to these divisions as both fractions (in words) and quarters and halves. The humorous, brightly colored illustrations employ comic blocks to great effect, though they are in service to the text, which tries too hard to shoehorn obvious math concepts into funny scenarios.
Though the slapstick from their hysterical debut, The Wing Wing Brothers Math Spectacular (2012), is evident, the painless-learning piece is still missing. (Math picture book. 4-6)