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Great Book for Math Phobes

  • Oct 15, 2012
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"There once was a time I was frightened by numbers.
They scared me at school, and they haunted my slumbers.
My brain had some kind of allergic reaction
To multiplication...addition...subtraction.

My blood would run cold at the thought of division
And decimal point would put spots in my vision.
But now I see math from a new point of view.
This is my story. I swear it's all true." - From the book (Hardcover, 30 pages)

When the clock strikes twelve with hollow tones, a monster appears to an arithmetic-phobic boy. With red horns, black cape and pencilly fingers, the monster offers him a contract, guaranteeing that he'll do all the boy's dreaded math homework.

The boy receives several As on his math homework...but what happens when he's called upon in class to solve a problem on the chalkboard? More importantly, will he have the math skills to "pay up" what's owed the monster?

With brilliant, clever rhyming verse, award-winning author Danny Schnitzlein shows what happens when kids become lazy thinkers and attempt to take short cuts with their homework. Reminiscent of TV cartoons from the 30s, exaggerated and lively art by Bill Mayer adds up to a hilarious, but instructive, tale on why math is important.

A fantastic tale for numerically-adverse kids, The Monster Who Did My Math shows the all-too-real cost of not knowing how to do simple math--and how perseverance may not only result in mastery, but also actual enjoyment.

Highly recommended!

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Grade 1–3—Many children will recognize the dread that faces the hero of this Faustian tale as Sunday evening dwindles and the math homework can no longer be ignored. As the clock strikes 12, the narrator is granted a brief reprieve from his mathematical woes when a caped monster appears in his bedroom and offers to do his homework for a price. The youngster gladly signs his contract, opting to pay later, and is highly satisfied with his bargain when his homework yields an A+ the following day. Eventually the downside of this arrangement hits home when the boy is called to the blackboard and is unable to complete a problem, having not actually learned anything. In his determination to escape his contract, he is forced to use math to come up with the $64 payoff and discovers that he enjoys problem-solving. Mayer's vibrant, computer-generated illustrations, replete with gigantic otherworldly grins and mortal eyes stretched tall with fear, will appeal to fans of afternoon cartoons. Outlandish shadows convey the cautionary nature of the tale, while amusing details keep the mood perpetually fun. Narrated in humorous verse, this "tale of mathematical mayhem" will provide an entertaining addition to math classes and a useful warm-up to tutoring sessions with less-than-enthusiastic students.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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