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Kid Konnection: Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace

August 6, 2011

When it’s time for Frankie Piccolini to take his math quiz, he feels a sense of panic and imagines all the number are monsters out to get him.  Instead of taking his quiz, Frankie doodles on it – changing the numbers into vampire bats, Cyclops and other monsters.  When time’s up, he feels a sense of doom because he realizes he hasn’t answered a single question.  Knowing he can do better, Miss Gordon, his teacher, says he can retake the quiz on Monday.

This thrills Frankie at first, but when he thinks about trying to take the quiz again, he feels sick to his stomach.   At first, Frankie thinks math is dumb, but when he realizes he needs math for everything, he’s determined to do better on his quiz and plans to study all weekend.  Those plans fall by the wayside when his family and friends keep interrupting him.  At the end of the weekend, Frankie realizes all those interruptions were helping him study since they involved real life math situations.

Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace, by Eric Wight,  is an absolutely adorable middle grade graphic novel that a lot of young people will relate to.   So many young students struggle with math and don’t see the value in it and I love the fact that this book shows them they actually use math more than they think, and it can be fun!  I thought the way Frankie’s parents handled the situation was great – I doubt I would have been so calm and clever if I’d faced the same situation.

The drawings in this book are fabulous and fun!  They show Frankie as a young warrior bravely fighting and taming evil numbers, which should really appeal to young male readers.  I recommend this book to all young people, especially reluctant readers and those who struggle with math.

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week,  leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2011 7:35 am

    Lol, it looks so cute!! 😀

  2. August 6, 2011 8:59 am

    I have always had a sort of mental block with math, and wish that a book like this had been available to me when I was younger. It seems like it could be really helpful in teaching kids why this subject is important, and not something that they will never use, which is one of the things that I thought. Great review, and can I just also say that I love the name Frankie Pickle!

  3. August 6, 2011 9:14 am

    I really liked this one!!! Eric is the absolute best!

  4. August 6, 2011 9:23 am

    Sounds so cute! I love your new header photo. So pretty!

  5. August 6, 2011 12:18 pm

    Can’t complain about a book that shows the good things about math!

  6. stacybuckeye permalink
    August 6, 2011 3:37 pm

    I could’ve used this when I was younger. I hated math!

  7. August 6, 2011 9:05 pm

    Holy cow…another one to add to my shelves. Graphic novels are a hot item in my middle school library. I can always get the most reluctant reader to check one of them out!!

  8. August 7, 2011 4:03 pm

    Mrs Q and I are both terrible at math…. maybe I should get her this one to help her out 😉

  9. August 10, 2011 3:18 pm

    Thank you so much for the awesome review and sweet comments!

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