Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems by J. Patrick Lewis
Illustrated by Michael Slack
Genre: Math Puzzles & Riddles in Poetry
Pages: 40 Jacketed Hardcover – 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
Date Published: April 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Is this poetry? Math? A brainteaser? Yes! It’s all that and more. The poet J. Patrick Lewishas reimagined classic poems—such as Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and LangstonHughes’s “April Rain Song”—and added a dash of math. Between the silly parodiesand the wonderfully wacky art, kids will have so much fun figuring out the puzzles,they won’t guess they’re learning! Answers appear unobtrusively on each page, andengaging information about the original poets is included. Math games and concepts,poetry and poet biographies—it’s all so cleverly put together. This funny book is atreat for fans of words and numbers alike.
What a fabulous book! Even the Enginerd loves it. As a matter of fact, he is taking it to work to show his co-workers (Engineers!). After I read the book, I called my dad and read selections to him over the phone. This is really fun. Each page has a poem in the tone of a classic poet’s verse, but they are math riddles. The opposing page has the answer in tiny print upside down on the bottom – some stumped even us if we weren’t paying enough attention.
Funny, fun, definitely quirky and educational. In the back of the book there is a glossary of these great classic poets with a caricature and mini biography. This is definitely going on my shelf to bring back out for fun often, but also for poetry study in our homeschool days.
*Thanks to HMH for providing a copy for review.*
J. Patrick Lewis has authored more than fifty books of poetry for children. In 2011, he was named the Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation and was given the NCTE Excellence in Children’s Poetry Award. He lives in Westerville, Ohio.Visit his website at www.jpatricklewis.com.
Michael Slack is an illustrator, author, and character designer. He lives in Lafayette, California.Visit his website at www.slackart.com.