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Summary: Everyone in the land is invited to a birthday party for King Arthur. But how many people is that? Cook needs to know how many to feed! Every time Sir Cumference and Lady Di try to count, the numbers keep getting bigger. This picture book explains sorting and counting large numbers up to 9,999.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 8 to 10
Reading Level: 4.1
Age of Child: Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: We tried multiple times to read this with our daughter. We never made it through the whole book. She said it was obviously about math and she didn't want a "school book." She got bored with the "hide and seek" for the girl and chicken by the third spread.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is a cute idea. The wordplay is great, but I expect adults get it more than kids. While the story did a nice job explaining ways to count big numbers, I found it cumbersome. There is also too much text. The illustrations need more activity to keep young readers engaged. Trying to find a girl chasing a chicken is not enough.
Pros: Kids who love math - or those trying to figure out big numbers - will find something to love in Sir Cumference and All the King's Tens.
Cons: The concepts in this picture book are a bit complex for elementary readers. The illustration style may make it hard to follow along.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or skip. There are stronger books out there to help with counting and sorting large numbers.
Educational Themes: This is a story all about the math. When you read this, keep some counting objects nearby (chess pieces, legos, checkers, Polly Pockets, et al) so that you can mimic the counting and sorting.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.