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Mathamagical: An Alice in Wonderland Styled Tale set in the Land of Mathematics (The Ben and Adder Adventures Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Colin Davies
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Book Description

Why would Pi stop Dye Ameter walking more than three times round the table? And why would Mr Ameter do what Pi told him? Ben Small is good at English but rubbish at Mathematics. Branded a cheat by the headmaster of Cottomwall Grammar School because of the inconsistencies in his test results Ben feels he has no choice but to run away. Due to the storm he beds down for the night in the science lab of his school where, quite by chance, he meets a talking snake called Adder. Hearing Ben's story Adder asks Ben to come with him to MATHAMAGICAL, the city of Maths to help them solve an English problem and stop a war with the Advancing Alphas. Join Ben and Adder as they journey across the mathematical landscapes in their quest to save the numbers.

This charming yet informative children's novel can be read to children as young as 5 and read by all ages. Influenced by Alice in Wonderland and the works of Roald Dahl, the story follows a young boy and a talking snake travelling from this world to one filled with imagination. Being the world is populated by numbers and mathematical symbols the rules to which they live teaches Ben, the boy and the reader, about basic mathematics ideas without having to do a single sum.

The perfect bedtime story to be enjoyed by the reader and the listener.

And don't forget you can continue to follow Ben and Adder's adventures in:
Mathamagical II - Anagramaphobia: at word's end

Originally published in limited print by Ivory Moon 2006

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Why would Pi stop Dye Ameter walking more
than three times round the table?
And why would Mr Ameter do what Pi told him?

Ben Small is good at English but rubbish at Mathematics. Branded a cheat by the headmaster of Cottomwall Grammar School because of the inconsistencies in his test results Ben feels he has no choice but to run away.

Due to the storm he beds down for the night in the science lab of his school where, quite by chance, he meets a talking snake called Adder.

Hearing Ben's story Adder asks Ben to come with him to MATHAMAGICAL, the city of Maths to help them solve an English problem and stop a war with the Advancing Alphas.

Join Ben and Adder as they journey across the mathematical landscapes in their quest to save the numbers.


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Colin Davies (1970-) was born in Brighton. At the age of 17 he moved to Blackpool where he embarked on a journey to become a successful and highly respected author, poet and playwright.

His second novel for children, "Mathamagical II: Anagramaphobia - at word's end" is a 2015 Red Ribbon winner at the Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Colin's solo spoken word show "2001: A Space Ode and Ditty" was short-listed for the 2015 Saboteur show of the year award, placing third.

Colin lives with his partner and son and writes in many different genres and styles, however, he maintains that his heart can always be found in his children's stories and poetry.

Colin has sat on the committee of the Lancashire Dead Good Poets' Society. He writes reviews and blog posts for the award-winning website deadgoodpoets.blogspot.co.uk and altblackpool.co.uk as well as regular updates to his own blog. He has been instrumental in helping local poets into positions as writers in residence and seeks to help writers advance in their chosen field of art.

His love of film, music, poetry and football infuse with his memories of childhood to create wonderful tales.

Watch a short reading of the book at www.facebook.com/mathamagical

Read a review from one of the Guardians child readers.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2012/oct/01/review-mathamagical-colin-davies

www.theworldofcolin.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first of the two books, (currently), that make up the "Ben and Adder Adventures" series. The books follow the adventures of Ben in an alternate world occupied solely by "numerics" and "alphas"; that is, numbers and letters. The names of all of the characters are number and letter puns, and the worlds are built along lines that conform to various mathematical and grammatical rules and formulae. That may sound awkward or very demanding, but the result is actually quite charming and remarkably clever. When was the last time you described a math book as delightful? The best comparison I can come up with, (apart from others' references to "Alice in Wonderland" and the works of Roald Dahl), is Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth and its deadpan but spirited humor. And the comparison is a favorable one.

Both of the Ben and Adder books are set within the fascinating, self-contained and eminently logical alternate world of Mathamagical. Ben is a perfectly normal schoolboy. But, he knows how to enter this other world, where most of the action takes place. In this book Ben discovers Mathamagical, befriends Pi and Adder and helps stop a war with the Alphas. In the second book he returns to rescue Adder and to help stop an evil witch from attacking Alphabet City in the land of the Alphas and to stop her from jumbling all the words and destroying language. When you set it out like that the premise sounds awfully precious and a little pedantic, but in fact the adventure as written is engaging, stirring, and makes perfectly good sense.

Ben is a great hero. He is organized and a clear thinker, with a no nonsense can-do attitude. He is loyal, observant, courageous and clear in his defense of right and opposition to wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and inspired 18 Dec. 2011
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Mathamagical will entrance children and grown-ups alike. The adventure story is compelling and the characters lots of fun. Making maths exciting is accomplished in this book by applying problems to the world, by having the characters' fate rest on the ability to solve maths problems. The maths is explained in clear, practical ways which make it relevant and interesting for the reader. This book will help any child feel that they have learned more about mathematics. It will give them plenty of confidence with numbers. At the same time they won't realise they've been learning at all, only enjoying a wonderful adventure. A brilliant book, making numbers less scary. I wish I'd read it when I'd been a child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mathamagical childrens book 14 Nov. 2011
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for my 9yr old daughter who has not taken her head out of it since she started it and is very much enjoying the story whilst helping her understand different maths problems. She took it to school and all her friends thought it was "cool" especially with the timestables on each beginning chapter. I would throughly recommend this book to anyone with children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute must for every reader 22 Mar. 2012
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This title is an absolute must for every reader. Although it's aimed at children I know that adults will also appreciate the cleverness of the writing in this work.

I have to be honest and admit I'm not a huge fan of numbers, but Davies has written this title in such a stylish fashion that a knowledge of mathematics is not essential to enjoying the story.

As other reviewers on here have said, this book can help readers develop a better understanding of maths, with the bonus of enjoying a well-crafted story.

Davies has an accessible writing style. This is difficult for any adult to manage when dealing with children's fiction and, personally, I would have thought it was tricky with regards to writing about a subject as daunting as numeracy. But the author proved me wrong and produced a text that was exciting, entertaining and wholly enjoyable.

This really is a brilliant book, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland but with a healthy focus on the mysterious powers of numbers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable 16 Oct. 2011
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Format:Paperback
I found this book really enjoyable, as an adult it returned me to the magic of school years (yes there was some magic) and the joy of being a child discovering new friends and foes. It was a present for my niece who thoroughly enjoyed it and she in turn recommended it to her friends. I'm just glad she let me sneak a read once she'd finished it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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an amazing book that inspires minds to explore the fundamental language of maths. Ben opens up engagement with the imagination and the wonder of learning without struggling effort; instead keen anticipation and excitement as to how the sums are equaled.
I use this book in my profession as a teacher and I thank Colin Davies for his work.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A magical book about Maths 6 Sept. 2006
Format:Paperback
I received my copy of Mathamagical and I just couldn't wait to read it. I am in my 30s now and I still love reading children's books. When I first heard about this book I just thought well it sound fun so I will give it ago. Maths in its self was not my favourite subject at school I always found it boring but I have to say I really enjoyed reading this book.

The book is about a journey through the land of Mathamagical with a boy called Ben. During Ben's journey we find out about his life and how he is all ways getting accused of things he hasn't done and how Ben feels about all this. Whilst reading this book I really felt like I travelled through this amazing adventure with Ben and the talking snake called Adder.

We learnt about positive and negative, infinity, circles, prim numbers, algebra and Ohms. The pictures in the book are great also. Some of the characters we meet are Sir Cumferance, Ray Dius, Dye Ameter and Pi.

One thing I really like my self about the book is the fact that there is the one to the ten times table at the beginning of each chapter.

In my opinion Mathamagical is a very good and fun read for any age it brings a little bit more excitement into maths. I will defiantly be recommending this book to all my friends and family especially the younger ones as I believe it may help to encourage the learning process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very cool read indeed
My daughter was completely enthralled with this story, apparently its cool! It has loads of puns and is humorous and imaginative. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. A. Alcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!!!
A FABULOUS read! My kids just love Colin Davies work! Highly recommended!!!!!
Published 12 months ago by Ian Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, quirky
Very imaginative, funny, quirky, and beautifully written. When my little one is older i will buy this for him. It makes education far more fun for children, really unique!
Published 13 months ago by Donna Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very interesting take on the classic adventure.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Kelly Valentine Oswald
1.0 out of 5 stars Format problem
This edition is unreadable on my kindle (basic 6" e-ink version): even with font size set to smallest, text goes off the edge of the page. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for parents who like to read to their kids
It's very good, the story kicks off from page one and great for kids and parents, mum's and dads will love it too
Published 17 months ago by Emma newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
My 9 year old daughter read this book and really enjoyed it. I would recommend it as a home or school reading book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book was enjoyed by myself and my 7year old son, a great way of introducing algebra, pi and ratios, along with an Alice in wonderland story line . Should be used in schools.
Published on 23 April 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant story
A good fun pleasant story which is a good read for children upwards. Adults should enjoy the book as something they may not normally read.
Published on 15 Feb. 2013 by Christopher moule
5.0 out of 5 stars Excitung
I like this book as it is a good take in Alice in wonderland. U like the fact the the numerical all had mathematical names. Read more
Published on 26 Dec. 2012 by popstar6848
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