Math curse

by Scieszka, Jon.

Format: Book on CD 2009
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Bridgeville Public Library Picture Books JUV E SCI
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  JUV E SCI
Upper St. Clair Township Library Picture Books AUDIO SCIESZKA
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Picture Books
One morning a little girl wakes up to find everything in life arranging itself into a math problem, and she must find her way out of the Math Curse!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 6^-9. Children will know what they're in for when they read Scieszka's dedication: "If the sum of my nieces and nephews equals 15, and their product equals 54, and I have more nephews than nieces, HOW MANY NEPHEWS AND HOW MANY NIECES IS THIS BOOK DEDICATED TO?" But unlike in their classrooms, readers are in control here: they can decide whether or not to calculate the solution. In the story, a girl wakes up one morning to find everything in life arranging itself into a math problem. Throughout the school day, each minor event inspires her to create new sets of math problems, which quickly develop from the merely arithmetical to the moderately puzzling to the truly wacky. Other kids in math-across-the-curriculum classes may sympathize when the teacher asks how to divide Rebecca's 24 cupcakes among 25 people: "I'm the first to figure out the answer. / I raise my hand and tell Mrs. Fibonacci / I'm allergic to cupcakes." She decides that her teacher has put a math curse on her, but in her dreams that night, she finds a way out of her mathematical mindset. Bold in design and often bizarre in expression, Smith's paintings clearly express the child's feelings of bemusement, frustration, and panic as well as her eventual joy when she overcomes the math curse. Scieszka and Smith triumph, too, at the top of their class as artists and entertainers, their distinctive voice and original vision creating a child-centered, witty picture book about the woes of math anxiety. --Carolyn Phelan"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Weston Woods read-along CD.
Subjects Math anxiety -- Juvenile fiction.
Mathematics -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Picture books.
Publisher [Weston, CT] :Weston Woods,2009
Contributors Smith, Lane.
Wu, Nancy.
Weston Woods Studios.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Nancy Wu.
Language English
Notes Compact disc.
In hanging bag with book and CD.
Description 1 audio disc (28 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm)
ISBN 9780545134583 (set)
0545134587 (set)
9780545157223 (CD)
0545157226 (CD)
9780670861941 (book)
0670861944 (book)
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