Book of the Week: A Million Dots

October 4, 2007

I saw this book by Andrew Clements at the library and was so excited. I have the best memory relating to a million dots (not to this book, but to actual dots).

When dot matrix printers first came out, my dad picked one up for our home computer. We figured out we could print a million dots (5000 dots per page, 200 pages) and put the printouts all over the walls of his classroom, so his students could get an idea of what a million was. This was a big idea at the time — to actually be able to visually see, or hold in your hand, a million of something. I remember helping to hang the printouts and thinking how amazed his students would be.

And this book is the same concept only much prettier and more interesting than any dot matrix printer could produce. On each page are different bits of trivia relating to different numbers between one and a million. It’s very cool. And very well art directed.

Especially good for school age kids. Available here.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 go boo boo October 5, 2007 at 7:24 am

very cool concept. thanks for the serena and lily link, I have never so quickly added something to my favorites. it is all so perfect!

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2 jen October 5, 2007 at 8:09 am

I seriously love that your blog includes stuff like this – thanks!

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3 Nan October 5, 2007 at 10:52 am

Oh, I love this! I love mathy picture books!

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4 Marilyn October 5, 2007 at 1:01 pm

Andrew Clements is my daughters’ favorite author, but we haven’t seen this book before. Thanks.

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5 Gene July 23, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Nice story about your dad. I was thinking of printing dots out too, using a laser printer instead of a dot matrix, which are still pretty cool when you think about it, with all the perforations and such.

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