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Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem? You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes till the bus leaves. Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants -- can you make 1 good outfit? Don't worry -- it's just the Math Curse striking! An amusing book about dealing with numbers in everyday life.
Whew! This latest whimsical work from Scieszka and Smith (The True Story of the Three Little Pigs; The Stinky Cheese Man) is bound to stretch out the old thinking cap. The day after her teacher announces, "You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem," the narrator is afflicted with a "math curse" that affects how she views every facet of her day ("Everything seems to be a problem"). A minimum of the questions she asks herself are entirely logical ("How many quarts are in a gallon?"); some are far-fetched extrapolations (if an M&M is about one centimeter long and the Mississippi River is about 4000 kilometers long, how many M&Ms would it take to measure the length of this river?); and a happily hefty number are sheer nonsense: "I undo 8 buttons plus 2 shoelaces. I subtract 2 shoes. I multiply times 2 socks and divide by 3 pillows to get 5 sheep, remainder 1, which is all I need to count before I fall asleep." Like the text, Smith's wonderfully wacky collage-like art will give readers ample food for thought-even if it's part junk food. Here's a morsel: "Does tunafish + tunafish = fournafish?" Kids will want seconds-count on it. Ages 7-up.
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Cleverly written and illustrated, filled with tons of math conceptsPublished 1 month ago by nosecone
Son didn't care for it. So much math it distracts from any story that may or may not be happening in the book.Published 1 month ago by Josh
Great book with a vast array of different types of math problems. The book itself was also in excellent condition.Published 3 months ago by Irish Italian
Absolutely love this book. Bought this for my future classroom because there are concepts of this book that could work for MANY different grades.Published 3 months ago by Candace
Trying to make math less intimidating to my first grader; received today and we laughed out loud as we read it together. Then he read it again...then again! Read morePublished 5 months ago by ba