Maths: A Book You Can Count On Paperback – Illustrated, 19 Jul 2010
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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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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on 20 Sept. 2012 by N. Gratton
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 morePublished on 11 May 2011 by MartinRG
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 morePublished on 20 April 2011 by Amazon Customer
This book falls into the exact same trap as the puncuation volume, and presumably, all the other volumes of this series. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2011 by LOTHAR
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 morePublished on 7 Dec. 2010 by K. D. Squire
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 morePublished on 29 Nov. 2010 by Crazy Bald Heid
This book is shaped to fit child-sized hands, with bright, colourful graphics resembling Manga characters. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2010 by A. I. McCulloch
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 morePublished on 28 Nov. 2010 by A John