Reviews for Elevator Magic

Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 October 1997
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Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
On the elevator ride down from his mother's office, Ben and his mom make three stops. After each stop, Ben's mom tells him how many floors they must descend to reach their next destination. Ben then subtracts (using the elevator buttons as a vertical number-line), presses a button, and the elevator doors open--to reveal some unusual surprises. Karas's childlike art complements the contrived text. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews 1997 November
Gr 1-2 The plays on words make this book about subtraction amusing as well as informative. Like other titles in the series, it uses a common daily activity to teach some math basics. A boy meets his mother on the 10th floor of a high rise. On the way down, Mom needs to do some errands. The first stop, two floors down, is to cash a check at the Farm Bank and Trust, which is (lo and behold!) filled with horses, barns, and hay fields. Farther down is the Hard Rock Candy Store, which is not only full of candy but also of the sounds and lights of a heavy metal band. Karas's zany illustrations support the main concept being taught, while picking up on the humor in the word play. The repeated image of the elevator controls, the child's monologue, and numerical equations that display his figuring further enhance the understanding of how subtraction works. The book concludes with several easy-to-apply activities to extend this presentation. Stephani Hutchinson, Pioneer Elementary School, Sunnyside, WA Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews