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Math for Smarty Pants

By Tanya Smith, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Solid lessons packaged as jokes and games.

Book Marilyn Burns Math 1982
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Full of useful exercises, MATH FOR SMARTY PANTS gamely takes on an almost impossible mission: endearing math to kids who fear it, hate it, or want nothing to do with it. It is not a skills text. It is jam-packed with solid math lessons packaged as tricks, jokes, and games, and it will be most useful to readers who will soon encounter these subjects in school or are already having a problem with them. Readers in either camp probably will need some adult help, encouragement, or insistence to work through the activities.

The book's dense design -- thick text blocks with dark ink illustrations -- results in a monotonous look that may bore already dubious readers. Despite its visual limitations, the book has other highlights. The "Math Trickery" chapter contains several activities kids can do on their own and should get a kick out of, using calculators to perform "magic."

Book Details

  • Author: Marilyn Burns
  • Genre: Math
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: January 1, 1982
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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