A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars (Hardcover)
A beautifully illustrated non-fiction book that is perfect for those kids who always ask "why?". A perfect book for teachers but also sweet enough to read every night as a bedtime story. The more often you read it, the better you will be at reading large numbers! Has a wonderfully accessible back matter page. - Jessica— From Staff Picks by Jessica
A Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book
Winner of the Mathical Book Prize
“This picture book is one in a gazillion.”—Jane O’Connor, the New York Times–bestselling author of the Fancy Nancy series
Did you know that the earth is covered in three trillion trees? And that seven billion people weigh about the same as ten quadrillion ants? Our world is full of constantly changing numbers, from a hundred billion trillion stars in space to thirty-seven billion rabbits on Earth. Can you imagine that many of anything?
The playful illustrations from New York Times–bestselling artist Isabel Greenberg and the friendly, straightforward voice of author Seth Fishman illuminate some of the biggest numbers in the universe—a hundred billion trillion stars—and the smallest—one unique and special YOU. Here is a book for story time, for science time, for math time, for bedtime, and all the times in between.
Perfect for curious children, classrooms eager for STEM content, and readers who have devoured Ada Twist, Scientist and How Much Is a Million?
About the Author
Seth Fishman is the author of the picture books A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor book and Mathical Prize winner, and Power Up. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He lives in Los Angeles, California. He is also the author of two young adult novels and is a literary agent.
Isabel Greenberg goes through 57 paintbrushes in a year and draws for 6 hours a day with 4 to 5 cups of tea to keep her going. She has written 2 graphic novels and illustrated 5 books for children. She lives in London. www.isabelnecessary.com
“I read this mind-blowing book, which translates to ten minutes—that’s 600 seconds—of pure fun. How unique—or should I say this picture book is one in a gazillion. It will make a great read aloud.”
— Jane O’Connor, author of the international bestseller Fancy Nancy.
“Fishman and Greenberg engagingly highlight the wondrousness of numbers and stars, as well as just about everything about our home planet. ...[it] beautifully succeeds in its mission to convey to young readers the vastness of the numbers in our midst while reassuring them that...“there’s only one of YOU.””
— Horn Book (starred review)
“It is quite a wondrous thing to imagine the make-believe, but any child reading this book will conclude that the real magic around them is in every breath, every minute, every life lived, and that they themselves are a wondrous thing.”
— Kate Beaton, author of King Baby and The Princess and the Pony
“Huge numbers take on an even bigger scale in Fishman and Greenberg’s insightful, awe-inspiring picture book. A secret shared between narrator and the reader kicks things off…. From there it’s all about the (innumerable) details.... An auspicious primer on some very big numbers.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“In a book that encourages readers to observe the world with wonder and curiosity, Fishman delights in throwing mammoth, even unfathomable figures at them. ...Greenberg illustrates in a chunky, cheery cartoon style...adding warmth to counterbalance the unwieldy numbers.”
— Publishers Weekly
“An imagination stretcher for younger audiences who enjoy marveling at mind-bending numbers.”
— School Library Journal
“This is a math teacher’s dream, and Greenberg’s imaginative cartoons spreads, in which characters bound tipsily through their milieu viewed from varying perspectives, will retain the interest of children about to exit primary school. It will also have appeal for dreamers who like to think big thoughts.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Greenberg combines abstract art and childlike cartooning in bold colors, thick outlines, and paint-splattered scenes to make Fishman’s engaging text come alive. ...A lively glimpse into the enormity of the universe in a package well suited to the picture-book set.”
— Booklist Online
This book perfectly captures cousins, especially in mixed-race families. Reading it I was immediately brought back to the early days of interacting with my cousins and noticing the differences between their family and mine. Also reminiscent of the Caldecott Honor, When the Relatives Came. Truly a book I wish I could have had when I was growing up. - Jessica