Cindy Neuschwander is a retired elementary school teacher
who was inspired to write the Sir Cumference series while visiting
medieval castles in England. She now works at California
Polytechnic State University. She lives in San Luis Obispo,
Wayne Geehan is the illustrator of Multiplying Menace, Cut Down to Size at High Noon, and the Sir Cumference series. He lives in Acton, Massachusetts.
From the Hardcover edition.
Lady Di of Ameter, Sir Cumference, and Reginald Patron, the Earl of
Fracton, visit the local faire, where they learn about fractions
through the sale of cheese, cloth, and stolen merchandise. Concepts
such as denominators, numerators, and equivalents are clearly
explained through interactions with the various merchants. Some
text is in dialogue balloons, for instance, during the puppet show
and as the thieves search for fractions. The text uses several
different terms to reinforce the concepts of fractions in spoken
language. The soft, muted, color sketches are detailed and vary in
size. Fractions are scattered throughout the illustrations. The
white wax on yellow cloth used to show numerators and denominators
makes the text a bit hard to read. The use of the word fracton,
instead of the proper spelling, detracts from the math lesson.
VERDICT Suitable for all libraries, this is a fun little math
adventure that introduces the basics of fractions to early
--School Library Journal