How Long or How Wide?

A Measuring Guide

From the Series Math Is CATegorical ®

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Brian Cleary and Brian Gable bring their trademark sense of humor to the subject of measuring length. A rhyming text filled with funny examples explains how to use and compare metric and U.S. customary units of length. Readers are also introduced to the tools they need to measure length—rulers, metersticks, and more.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction
Copyright 2007
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2009-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.7
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF035000, JNF013070
Dewey 530.8
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 580
Guided Reading Level M
ATOS Reading Level 3.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 117900
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is an American humorist, poet, and author. He is best known for his books written for grade-school children that explore grammar, math and poetry in humorous ways. In his role in the digital division of American Greetings, he's put words in the mouths of Dolly Parton, Christina Aguilera, William Shatner, Meghan Trainor and more. The multi-million selling author has performed poetry workshops in 500 elementary schools across the county. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Illustrator: Brian Gable

Brian Gable is the illustrator of many of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® books, as well as the Math Is CATegorical® series. Mr. Gable lives in Toronto, Canada.


  • Science Books & Films Best Books, Winner, 2007


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“Introduce young readers to the concept of measurement with picture books and informational titles that go the distance.

Children love to size up the world around them. Although they are quick to figure out that a favorite toy ends at 10 on a ruler, they need guidance in learning what makes an inch, a foot, or a yard and how these units from our customary system compare to the metric system. This annotated bibliography offers not only books that introduce the concept of measurement and the need for standard measurements but also books about such innovative measurers as Eratosthenes, who measure the circumference of the Earth in the third century BCE, and Fannie Farmer, who invented modern recipes with exact measurements, as well as books that simply make measuring fun. A special sidebar, “Size Matters,” features books that allow children to observe size comparisons and realize the importance of measurement, from the smaller particles to the biggest dinosaurs.

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Informational Books

How Long or How Wide? A Measuring Guide. By Brian P. Cleary. Illus. by Brian Gable. 2007. 32p. Millbrook, paper, $6.95 (9781580138444); lib. ed., $15.95 (9780822566946). 530.8. Gr. 1-4.

Similar to Cleary’s other Math Is CATegorical titles, bouncy thymes and jovial cartoon cats humorously introduce the concept of measuring length. The author begins with the inch, foot, and yard and relates them to the metric system’s millimeter, centimeter, decimeter, and meter. Concluding charts and size comparisons provide a good recap. The series also presents the concept of weight with On the Scale, a Weighty Tale (2008).
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Kirkus Reviews

“This third in the Math Is CATegorical series measures up quite nicely. . . Rulers in paws, Gable’s large-nosed cast of brightly colored quirky cats, mice and fleas measures objects large and small. His cartoons are entertaining and sure to gain children’s attention. . . Save a centimeter of shelf space for this one.”
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School Library Journal

“Colorful cartoonlike cats, mice, and other animals present the measurements, using examples such as a desk, door, headboard, and dime.”
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Science Books & Films

“All in all, the book is very kid friendly, whimsical, vivid, and lively. It is highly recommended for students in preschool through second grade.”
Science Books & Films