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Maths: A Book You Can Count On [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Dan Green , Simon Basher
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Book Description

19 July 2010 0753419653 978-0753419656 Illustrated edition
With its lively, creative approach, this is a unique and highly memorable one-stop guide to the building blocks of mathematics. Meet bubbly Zero, who can dissolve you to nothing; all-action Units, who just love to measure; greedy-guts Multiply, a big guy who hoards numbers together; and mysterious Pi, who goes on and on and on... to Infinity! Plus tonnes of practical advice to help every child unravel the rules and regulations of mathematics.

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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: 17.6 x 17.4 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,527 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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent: Fun, Accessible and Educational 21 Oct 2010
By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another gem of a book 8 Dec 2010
By foxcylady TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Meh! 25 Nov 2010
By Lego Man TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This small paperback book is attractively produced and well illustrated. It features a variety of math-themed characters and includes a colour poster which can be detached from the back of the book via perforations.
Having been educated in basic maths over 20 years ago, I'm not sure how they do it now, nor am I sure if this book is a good approach or if it will complement what a child may be learning at maths in school. The book addressed the issue and sign of infinity. We never did that at primary school.

The book is themed with its own unique style and lingo, which I found annoying. For example, it talks about `number crunchers', `2D flatlands' and `special sum-things'.

I didn't like this book, and I'm not sure that it's the best thing to supplement what a child may be learning in school.

It has a good, simple glossary at the back, which is about all that I could see good about this book.
I think if you want to help your child, have a look at what they are using at school and see if you can find something better and more logical than this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars No complaints
Arrived quickly, good condition, great price. I was pleased to see that the poster that comes with the Basher books was still in it - now on my son's wall. Read more
Published 4 months ago by N.Umemoto
3.0 out of 5 stars Has potential - but didn't grab my kids
I picked this book thinking my daughter (10 when I got the book, now 11) would love it. Unfortunately she's failed to be grabbed at all - the Maths concepts are seem to be... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these little books
A word of warning about these books - the style takes some getting used to. I had the Planet Earth one and hated it at first, then thought I'd give the Periodic Table one a go and... Read more
Published on 11 May 2011 by MartinRG
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for me but not sure how useful for a child
Got this for my kids, my little one aged 8 actually read through the book by herself cover to cover, and I'm sure the illustrations must have helped. Read more
Published on 20 April 2011 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Same problem as found in the other volumes...
This book falls into the exact same trap as the puncuation volume, and presumably, all the other volumes of this series. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by LOTHAR
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the basher books!
I first bought the punctuation book from this series for my younger brother. I was so impressed that ive since started purchasing all the other titles in the series to help him... Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2010 by K. D. Squire
1.0 out of 5 stars A maths book you cant count on.
I got this for my 10 year old as i'd hoped that it may shed light on some of the more difficult to explain concepts of Maths. It didn't. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2010 by Crazy Bald Heid
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for parents to share with children - but not brilliant.
This book is shaped to fit child-sized hands, with bright, colourful graphics resembling Manga characters. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2010 by A. I. McCulloch
4.0 out of 5 stars More than Counting
This is part of a series of books featuring the cartoon illustrations of Simon Basher. This one is slightly bigger than the pocket variety I've seen before. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2010 by A John
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic Concepts
This book uses cartoon characters to illustrate the basic concepts in maths but for me did not do any more than illustrate the book. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by DavyA
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