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Kid Konnection: Mesmerizing Math

November 8, 2013

Mesmerizing Math

I’d like to thrust Mesmerizing Math, by Jonathan Litton and Thomas Flintham, into the hands of every child (and many adults) in the country.  It’s an interactive book that shows just how accessible and fun math can be!  There are flaps to lift, wheels to spin, and experiments to try.  As an example, to demonstrate sequencing and the power of halves, it says,

If you take a piece of toilet paper with 16 sections and start folding it in half lengthwise, you will be left with a rectangle the size of a single section after only four folds.

What kid wouldn’t want to try that out!  It goes on to explain that it’s difficult to fold it many more times and tells about a high school student who proved math brains wrong by folding a single piece of toilet paper twelve times!

Mesmerizing Math interior

Kids who struggle with math and/or find it useless will enjoy this book because it shows how fun math can be and also how it applies to our daily lives.  Kids who enjoy math will love the facts and the experiments.  Many adults can learn from this book as well.  I was always good at math and I still learned a thing or two from this book such as what a golden rectangle is.  I couldn’t resist trying many of the experiments the authors suggest.

Mesmerizing Math approaches  a subject that intimidates many people in a fun, humorous, and hands-on way and I thought it was fantastic!!  It’s suggested for ages 7 to 10 but I think older kids will enjoy it and benefit from it too.  I cannot recommend this book enough!

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday 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.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
16 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2013 7:14 am

    I love this book too and more importantly so do Jim’s grandkids!

  2. Patty permalink
    November 8, 2013 9:57 am

    I love books like this…it would be fun for a classroom library, too!

  3. talesofwhimsy permalink
    November 8, 2013 10:57 am

    Oh too cool. One I would love for my kiddo.

  4. November 8, 2013 11:49 am

    What a fun book about math! I would have loved this one as a kid, and could probably learn a thing or two from it now.

  5. November 8, 2013 2:00 pm

    This doe sound like a fun way for kids to approach math! I think I’d enjoy it, too!

  6. lab1990 permalink
    November 8, 2013 2:22 pm

    I was always kind of bad at math, so anything that makes it seem more fun/interesting is great!

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  7. November 8, 2013 5:00 pm

    This sounds like the perfect gift for my friend’s son, who struggles with math. This could be the perfect fun approach to get him interested in it. Thanks for sharing!

  8. November 8, 2013 9:10 pm

    Awesome recommendation for Gage’s library!

  9. November 9, 2013 12:56 pm

    This sounds like my kind of book. I’m going to put this one on hold.

  10. November 9, 2013 6:16 pm

    I loved learning math in school, and still love math! This looks like a book the kid in me would enjoy! I think my granddaughter would benefit from it as she struggles sometimes with math. I’m going to see if my library has it so I can let her read it.

  11. November 10, 2013 7:59 am

    My daughter enjoys math- she didn’t get that from me! i think she would like this book.

  12. November 10, 2013 9:25 am

    This sounds fantastic! I’m sure my math-head would love it!

  13. November 10, 2013 10:02 am

    This looks super fun!

  14. November 10, 2013 5:56 pm

    This sounds like a great book! Maybe I’ll have to check it out for myself! Thanks for sharing!

  15. November 11, 2013 2:19 pm

    Why can’t they have books like this in school. My son would love it.

  16. November 12, 2013 11:37 pm

    This book sounds so fun! My seven year old son loves math – I’m putting this on his Christmas list.

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