Reviews for Mall Mania

Booklist Reviews 2006 February #1
K-Gr. 2. The lively mall setting will draw children to this Murphy's MathStart series entry, which deals with addition strategies, as Andriani's lively line-and-watercolor illustrations depict kids who hate shopping (like glowering Brandon) and those who love it (like Brandon's sister, Brooke). The 100th person to enter Parkside Mall will get lots of promotional gifts, and four kids from Wilson Elementary School's chess club are on hand to count up the shoppers and add the numbers together.^B Tension mounts as the numbers get closer to 100, and the unexpected winning shopper gets all the gifts. The counters use a variety of addition strategies and activities, as always, Murphy adds greatly to the math lesson by making it seem a part of daily life. Suggestions for follow-up activities, both complex and easy, and a brief bibliography are appended. ((Reviewed February 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
In [cf2]Jack[cf1], each additional block enables a boy to build a cooler structure. In [cf2]Mall[cf1], friends coordinate counting to reward the hundredth person to enter the mall. In [cf2]Rodeo[cf1], two siblings follow schedules so that they can help their bull-riding uncle. Murphy and his illustrators' resourcefulness for enticing kids to learn math shows no sign of waning. Reading list. [Review covers these MathStart titles: [cf2]Jack the Builder[cf1], [cf2]Mall Mania[cf1], and [Rodeo Time[cf1].] Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.