A-B-A-B-A—a Book of Pattern Play

From the Series Math Is CATegorical ®

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

In this playful look at patterns, Brian P. Cleary and Brian Gable provide many examples of repeating sequences of shapes, colors, objects, and more. The comical cats of the wildly popular Words Are CATegorical® series show how patterns can be found all around us. Peppy rhymes, goofy illustrations, and kid-friendly examples make pattern practice fun!

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF035000, JNF013070
Dewey 003'.52
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.875 x 9
Lexile 570
Guided Reading Level M
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, 2011


The Horn Book Guide

“Cleary’s zany cartoon cats, shown in Gable’s brightly colored illustrations, help define and categorize mathematical patterns. The book provides an entertaining starting point for kids learning about patterns; the rhyming text is snappy, but some of the examples aren’t clear.” —The Horn Book Guide

Library Media Connection

“This book can be used as a read-aloud, not just in math, but to teach the basics of poetry, art, and music. This is a great addition to any school library. Recommended.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“As in earlier volumes in the series, Gable’s whimsical feline characters appear throughout, demonstrating patterns, such as boy-girl-boy-girl in a very long line for ice cream.” —School Library Journal

Science Books & Films

“Success is only around the corner if everyone would read his book of patterns. As Cleary says, ‘Knowing them will help you start a pattern of success!’” —Science Books & Films