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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Illustrated edition edition (19 July 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0753419653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753419656
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Artist and designer Simon Basher has fun playing in the world of contemporary character design. Inspired by a love of simple line work and a rich colour palette, his characters fill the gap between edgy Manga and the cuteness of Hello Kitty!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. SMEDLEY VINE VOICE on 15 Aug 2010
Format: Paperback
I have an 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son and hoped this book would be a useful reference for them, as it explains the basic concepts of Maths in a fun way. The back of the book states it is aimed at Key Stages 2 & 3, so is perfect for my kids and they have both picked it up at various times.

It covers a range of mathematical topics: starting with the basics, such as numbers and units what they actually mean; covering sums, multiplication and x values; then onto shapes and solids, including pi and finally covering the meaning and use of data, such as graphs and charts.

A very useful reference then, I can see my children using this often, as it covers these concepts in a fun, easy-to-understand way and features some characters to help this along, together with some historical facts and figures. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE on 21 Oct 2010
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I am pretty good at maths - I'm an accountant - but I struggle to explain the concepts to others. This book does a great job. Although mainly of benefit to secondary school children (and upwards), it also contains some concepts which will be helpful to primary children (age 10 up I'd say). Each mathematical term is well explained and understandable. The pictures and the text are sometimes a bit gimmicky, but I think the book makes a great contribution to explaining mathematical terms to the numerically challenged. It's not quite as good at the book on Punctuation in the series (I haven't seen the other books in this series), but it is still very useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Nov 2010
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This book is shaped to fit child-sized hands, with bright, colourful graphics resembling Manga characters. These are often on the right hand side of the page with explanations on the left hand side. However, some of the language used to explain mathematical concepts may puzzle children.

For example, there's a reference to the Pythagoras 'sons of the squaw on the hippopotamus' joke. The joke is completely inappropriate to this age range and it can only serve to confuse when presented in this context. What was wrong with breaking Pythagoras down into the 3:4:5 squared representation that usually serves as an introduction?

However, there is some good teaching in there - volume is introduced as an extension of the concept of area in a practical way that children can relate to.

I'm not sure about the full page drawings of characters such as Volume, the rock chick. Personalising the ideas in this way doesn't simplify anything, but only introduces irrelevance.

Parents may find themselves taking a sneak peek at the Glossary to clarify their own understanding and this is probably the most useful part of the book.

Any book that engages children with mathematics is worthwhile and this is worth trying for that alone, in that it is visually appealing, but use with caution and check your own understanding. You may find yourself having to offer additional explanations to children and wishing you hadn't started ....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By foxcylady TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Dec 2010
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I have two children presently at Key stage 3 at school and one at Key Stage 2 in fact my eldest is in her final year and studying for those all important GCSE's.

All of my children thought this book was brilliant. It makes fun learning, it enforces what they have learnt, its easy to use and understand, excellent for quick reference and whats more has a poster which my thirteen year old and eight year has on their wall in case they need it when doing homework.

I endorse anything which helps children through education and does it so they can understand, makes it fun and it works as a reference aid. Maths doesnt change or so you would think the correct answer is after all the correst answer. Teaching math has changed an awful lot since I went to school and I find sometimes even the wording of the question throws me before I get chance to help them more often than not.

The amount of times they have asked me a question that sounds like a foreign language until I take a look then I show them the way to answer it and they tell me they dont do it like that and I have to do it like this. This book takes some of the mystery away for aldults as well

Its a great little reference book packed with the necessary information your kids need to give them a helping hand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kamran Rahman VINE VOICE on 25 Sep 2010
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This book is part of a new series of books which aim to take traditionally "hostile" subjects such as maths and make them "cool" and accessible. The concept is brave, admirable and ambitious. Each double page sets out to introduce and explain a concept in about 200 words - quite a challenge! We're not talking about simple addition and subtraction, but "real" maths like Pi and algebra that would appeal to age 9+

The text is on the left hand side and there is a bright colourful drawing on the right hand side. The drawings are simple and greatly help to illustrate the concept being discussed on the opposing page. The text is very well written in a punchy style that reads more like 9 years+ comic fiction rather than a maths textbook, but it still manages to get across to a child a good, basic understanding of concepts that many adults don't understand, or if they do understand, would be very hard pressed to explain so succintly.

Each mathematical concept is introduced as a "first person character" that the reader can visualise. So you'll get something like "I'm Pi and I'm so amazing and wonderful... etc". At first this might seem a little patronising or condescending, or trying too hard to appeal to kids, but ultimately this approach did actually work with my 9 year old son, so the proof, as they say, was in the pudding. My son has enjoyed reading this book, and it has opened his eyes to a whole range of mathematical ideas, and has put into clearer focus other things that he learned at school.

However, I have to be strict with this book and mark it down to 4 stars because the book lacks the depth of examples that we all know are necessary to ingrain maths concepts into a human brain.
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