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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Book is in excellent condition! It also arrived exactly as expected.Published 2 months ago by Kimberly Marcotte
This is a great book for girls or boys. My kids ages 6 & 8 think it is so funny, and it will last for several years as some of the math is within their reach and some is a bit too... Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2009 by E. Lobo-lee
Math Curse was a big hit when I read it to a 4Th grade class I was observing. The pictures are vivid and grabbed their attention. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Maricella White
This book is entertaining for all ages. It combines charts, riddles, terms, and more in an amusing tale of mathematical chaos that helps children to realize even math can be fun. Read morePublished on April 18 2004 by Brianna
This book presents arithmetic in a humours and off-beat way. When our children are bored with the dull and dreary school way of presenting homework, we pull out this one. Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by Dan Andrews
I read this book to my math classes every year. It is a great example of how EVERYTHING is connected to math! A MUST HAVE for every math teacher of any level.Published on Dec 25 2003
Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith
This book is about "The Math Curse" The boy has the Math Curse. In this book you can think of everything as a math problem. Read more
Jon Scieska's Math Curse is an excellent book for motivating students about problem solving. Whenever I read this book to my students, they ask me to read it over and over again. Read morePublished on June 12 2003 by JJ