Parents' Guide to

Math Curse

By Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Authors show that math doesn't have to be scary.

Book Jon Scieszka Humor 1995
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Good for parents, but the kids are a bit less enthused

Great edu value, but the kids are not into watching it again

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This book's authors give kids an opportunity to deepen their appreciation of a topic by putting it in perspective and context.

Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith are high priests in the Church of Nothing Sacred, and they take to their calling with a vengeance. Here it is math anxiety that gets the chop. Their vehicle for its destruction is a riotous obsessive-compulsive response to the "math is everywhere" blather doled out by teachers without any more imagination. The narrator, with a funkster/hipster edginess, is instantly appealing.

The words detonate like explosions -- "On the planet Tetra, kids have only two fingers on each hand. They count 1, 2, 3, 10" -- and Smith's paintings provide an eerie, wired setting that also contains collage pieces and other elements that could have been plucked from a canvas by Vermeer or Miro.

Book Details

  • Author: Jon Scieszka
  • Illustrator: Lane Smith
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: January 1, 1995
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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