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Review: Annika Riz, Math Whiz

August 1, 2014

Annika Riz

Annika Riz loves math – it’s her favorite part of the school day.  When her teacher tells her about a city wide sudoku contest being sponsored by the public library, she’s determined to win.  Maybe her friends Izzy and Kelsey will see just how cool math is.  Kelsey and Izzy support her efforts but still don’t get her fascination with math.

Annika’s third grade class is sponsoring a cookie selling booth at the school carnival.  When the cookies they bake turn out disastrous, Annika and her friends decide to make lemonade to sell along with the cookies.  They start out by selling the lemonade for 25¢ a glass but Annika quickly shows them they’re losing money at that price.

Annika Riz, Math Whiz, by Claudia Mills, is the second book in the Franklin School Friends series and it is absolutely delightful!  One of my favorite things about this series is the fact that friends Annika, Izzy, and Kelsey are very different and are always kind to and supportive of each other.

I also love that the book features a female enjoying math!  It shows ways math can be fun – sudoku – and how it can be useful – baking and setting prices.

The Franklin School Friends series is a fun series with some great messages.  Rob Shepperson‘s great illustrations add to the fun! I hope young male readers won’t avoid them because of the female protagonist.   I recommend both Annika Riz, Math Whiz and Kelsey Green, Reading Queen for early readers!

Illustration by Rob Shepperson

Illustration by Rob Shepperson

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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18 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2014 9:15 am

    Sounds fun 🙂

  2. August 1, 2014 9:40 am

    Sounds like it has great messages!

  3. August 1, 2014 9:57 am

    This sounds like a great way to get girls interested in math

  4. August 1, 2014 11:54 am

    I think it’s great that they showed a girl being a mth whiz! I wish that were more true in our house 😉

  5. Patty permalink
    August 1, 2014 3:31 pm

    It sounds awesome!

  6. August 1, 2014 5:15 pm

    My 9-year old daughter read this book, and she said it was “okay-good, about 4 stars.” 🙂

  7. August 1, 2014 6:00 pm

    What a great book for young girls. I myself have always loved math but very few of the girls/women I’ve known do.

  8. August 1, 2014 7:21 pm

    This sounds cute and clever! I enjoyed reading about Annika Riz, Math Whiz. 🙂

  9. August 1, 2014 9:26 pm

    This sounds like a great book for my niece!

  10. August 2, 2014 8:06 am

    Math really can be fun. This sounds like a great book.

  11. August 2, 2014 11:18 am

    My teen is very good at math – thank goodness since I’d be a terrible tutor. This book sounds wonderful!

  12. August 2, 2014 1:46 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing Annika on your blog. I loved getting everybody’s comments. I myself am definitely NOT a math whiz, but my one-year-young sister is. I dedicated the book to her. Although she was a year behind me in school, she was years ahead of me in math and was my math tutor whenever I needed one, which was often. And now I’m the luckiest author in the world because she does my taxes for me! 🙂

  13. August 2, 2014 6:44 pm

    Definitely sounds like an adorable book! I like that the author tries to show off Math’s charm and how it can be fun and useful!

  14. August 2, 2014 11:02 pm

    I have two nieces that I will recommend these to – I’m always looking for books with a strong female protagonist for them {ages 7 & 9} thanks for sharing!

  15. August 3, 2014 12:18 pm

    These sound like so much fun! I can’t wait to discover all of these books with my girls one day.

  16. August 3, 2014 10:39 pm

    This is such a great series. I know my son would love them. Both the first book and this second one have gotten great reviews.

  17. August 4, 2014 2:30 pm

    A girl enjoying math! It’s about time! This sounds like a great book. I enjoy sudoku, but admit I usually stick to the “easy” level puzzles. LOL

  18. bookingmama permalink
    August 13, 2014 10:45 pm

    I loved these books. Think it’s interesting that you also recognized how supportive the girls were with each other. More books should showcase girl friendship this way!

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