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Maths: A Book You Can Count On Paperback – Illustrated, 19 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Main Market Ed. edition (19 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753419653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753419656
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 9 years. For use under adult supervision

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Book Description

An exciting new title for younger readers from Basher, who gave us a cool new spin on science

About the Author

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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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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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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Kingfisher/2010 : Created by Basher : Written by Dan Green

From the back cover:

'Meet Zero, a bubbly chap who will 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!
Multiply your number know-how with Basher's unique one-stop guide to the building blocks of mathematics. Packed with top tips and memorable characters, this is an essential book for every budding mathematician.'

Measuring in at c 17.5 cm square, this is the same size as the recently published Punctuation - The Write Stuff.

Maths - A book you can count on! has a colourful paperback cover which opens to 64 numbered, shiny pages, split into 4 pastel themed chapters:

* Chapter 1 - Number Bunch (pg 4-15) (Peach-coloured)
Zero, Infinity, Minus Numbers, Fraction, Decimal Fractions & Units

* Chapter 2 - Special Sum-Things (pg 16-27) (Aqua-coloured)
Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, X(Special Sum-Things)

* Chapter 3 - Shape-Shifters (pg 28-49) (Lilac-coloured)
Line, Angle, Circle, Pi, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, 3D Shapes, Area, Volume

* Chapter 4 - Data Gang (pg 50-59) (Pale Pink-coloured)
Average, Ratio, Per Cent, Bar Chart, Pie Chart, Line Graph

plus a 2-page index & a useful 3-page glossary......completed with a fold-away MATHS poster, attached to the back inner cover.
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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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