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Fractions = Trouble! [Hardcover]

Claudia Mills

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Book Description

June 21 2011

If Wilson Williams thought multiplication was difficult, he is finding fractions impossible. And when his parents hire a math tutor for him, he is sure he's the only kid in the history of Hill Elementary to have one. Wilson is determined to make sure that no one finds out, not even his best friend, Josh. At least his pet hamster, Pip, is sympathetic. Pip is going to be part of Wilson's science fair project, because any project with hamsters in it is bound to be wonderful. But Josh has the coolest project of all: at what temperature does a pickle explode? Unfortunately, it looks as if Wilson's secret may end up exploding their friendship.

Claudia Mills' Fractions = Trouble is a fun and thoroughly relatable story that Kirkus Reviews calls an "excellent selection for early chapter-book readers."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: FSG Kids; 1 edition (June 21 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374367167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374367169
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,955,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Subplots involving Wilson’s science fair project and the disappearance of one of little brother Kipper’s beloved beanbag-animal companions add humor and pathos, respectively—all captured in Karas’s warm pencil sketches… whether math-challenged or math whizzes, readers will look forward to the further adventures of the sympathetic Wilson.” -- Horn Book Magazine

About the Author

Claudia Mills is the acclaimed author of many books for children, including How Oliver Olson Changed the World  and 7 x 9 = Trouble!.  She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

G. Brian Karas is the illustrator of numerous books for children. He lives in the Hudson Valley in New York with his family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Its a Hit March 14 2014
By elana - Published on
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Bought this book as part of a reading assignment for my daughter's math class. She loved it. Cute concept of introducing fractions.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for kids who are facing new academic challenges Feb. 29 2012
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on
"Fractions = Trouble"
Written by Claudia Mills
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
(Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011)
The charming sequel to Claudia Mills' "7 x 9 = Trouble," also about a nice third-grader named Wilson Williams who thinks he's bad at math and freaks out about upcoming tests even though he winds up doing just fine. In this book, his parents send him to see a math tutor, and Wilson gets doubly freaked out since he thinks his friends will make fun of him if they find out. As with the first book this paints a nice picture of family life (with a realistic smidge of sibling rivalry) and also shows how a little bit of hard work can help you solve problems, and the value of getting perspective on the things that challenge us and at first seem so insurmountable. Great book to help younger readers face academic worries -- also, the math itself is not very dense or intimidating and doesn't get in the way of a good story. Recommended. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book did not meet expectations. Jan. 4 2013
By Barnard Johnson - Published on
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This book was advertised as a math book with help understanding fractions.

Instead, it was a story with two or three references to use of fractions.
0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kidsbooks Oct. 10 2011
By JT - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this book for an 8 year old who will receive it for a birthday gift next week. Have purchased other books online that she enjoyed.

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