Math Curse

Math Curse

Jon Scieszka Lane Smith / Dec 12, 2019

Math Curse Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem You have things to do but only minutes until your bus leaves Is there enough time You have shirts and pairs of pants

  • Title: Math Curse
  • Author: Jon Scieszka Lane Smith
  • ISBN: 9780670861941
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes until your bus leaves Is there enough time You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants Can you make 1 good outfit Then you start to wonder Why does everything have to be such a problem Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges Why do 4 kids alDid you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes until your bus leaves Is there enough time You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants Can you make 1 good outfit Then you start to wonder Why does everything have to be such a problem Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges Why do 4 kids always have to divide 12 marbles Why can t you just keep 10 cookies without someone taking 3 away Why Because you re a victim of the Math Curse That s why But don t despair This is one girl s story of how that curse can be broken.

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      • Jon Scieszka Lane Smith

        Jon Scieszka is a writer and teacher He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children Occasionally he has been known to howl at the full moon from the dust jacket of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs Jon Scieszka is also the author of the best selling ALA Notable Book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, as well as Knights of the Kitchen Table, and The Not So Jolly Roger He teaches as The Day School in Manhattan where he is known as Mr Scieszka He lives with his wife, and two children in Brooklyn where he is known as Dad from the dust jacket of The Frog Prince Continued


    1. I thought the plot for this story was so interesting. Somehow, this book has made math almost fun and interesting. I liked that there are different stages to the plot, first you see the initial spark, “You know, almost everything in life can be considered a math problem.” Then you watch as the narrator becomes a “math zombie”. The story continues like this until the curses is broken, but wait! The science teacher then says, “Almost everything in life can be viewed as a science experime [...]

    2. What a fun book! I loved the illustrations and the convoluted way of looking at math. It is how I have always viewed the subject. Take for instance word problems. Bane of my existence! Take the story of the trains leaving their stations heading toward each other. The books always tell the speeds of the trains and pretend that nothing else could ever be a variable. Such as: Supposing that one engineer is chewing gum. And the other train has just hit a snowstorm icing the tracks. Then add to that [...]

    3. What a fun and creative book! It's about a student whose math teacher says that, really, everything can be seen as a math problem--and the next morning, sure enough, the poor kid wakes up and starts to see math problems EVERYWHERE! I don't want to say too much because part of the fun is seeing how and why math problems pop up in the course of a school day--from getting ready for school to history and English classes. The illustrations are quirky and fun and add to the overall enjoyment of the te [...]

    4. “Math Curse” is a hilarious and creative book mind of Jon Scieszka along with illustrations by Lane Smith and it is about how a girl realizes that her teacher, Mrs. Fibonacci, put a math curse on her and now she is seeing math problems everywhere she goes. “Math Curse” might have some math problems that might be too complicated for smaller children to understand, but it is still a huge cult classic hit about math that children will love for many years!What can I say? I just loved the way [...]

    5. Math curse begins by asking the reader questions, and goes into regular math problems that we deal with everyday that we never really think about. It talks about having three different shirts and 2 different pairs of pants but creating only 1 good outfit. The book then goes into the story about a girl who is in math class and instead of leaving the math in the classroom her daily routine is filled with math problems. Each page has more and more math problems that we deal with everyday. I would r [...]

    6. If the goal of this book is to let kids (or any reader) know that, math is a very part of our life and math problems are everywhere it does good job. If it is trying to tell that, it is not a big deal and you can deal with Math problems it is not doing that job. In general I liked the book, being once a mathematician and a math teacher. There are gaps and some jumps in the book though. The one very vivid is, the page giving the solution to the general quadratic equation. I do not know much about [...]

    7. Math Curse is a hilarious, creative story with illustrations similar to those in Scieszka’s other books, such as “The Stinky Cheese Man” and “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.” It’s about a girl who is put under a “math curse” after her teacher explains that everything in life can be a math problem. She starts seeing problems in calculating time to catch the bus, how many fingers are in her math class, and many cross-curricular math connections before she finally breaks t [...]

    8. For extra credit in math class, over spring break we can review a childrens book that is in some way associated with mathematics. I picked Math Curse because I remember liking the Time Warp Trio series from Jon Scieszka when I was young. Alas, a classmate turned in her permission form for this book before me so I had to find a new selection.Still, I'm glad to have read Math Curse. It is highly amusing for anyone who has ever had a teacher who's said, "You can use math for everything." (Haven't w [...]

    9. The Math Curse by Jon Sczieska is a story that teaches young children that math is everywhere! I didn't like this book necessarily, but I do love math. The only reason I don't like this book is because I don't think it should be a children's book. I think that this is shoving math down their throats instead of letting them like it on their own. Just reading the book gave me math anxiety and like I said, I love math. Children should come to like or dislike math on their own rather than having a b [...]

    10. This book is hilarious. It’s clever. It’s fun. It uses play on words as much as it does play with numbers. There’s a real story here and it’s very creatively done. I love it. I think it’s special.There’s even a very amusing dedication page and a funny author’s bio section in the back of the book, etc. all using math, of course.I’m embarrassed to say that there was at least one math problem that was over my head, this in a book for elementary school students. Ack!I hated math unti [...]

    11. If you plan to read this book be ready to put your full attention on the book because if you are only skimming it you will miss a lot. Something that I did not like about the book was how it was how the illustrations did not flow or come to one picture. It was hard for me to concentrate on the story because I could not fit the book together. Other then myself becoming confused while reading once I got over it the story was great. It is a cute story about a girl that gets told by her teacher that [...]

    12. Sabrina SmithPicture BookAfter her math teacher tells her that almost anything can be looked at as a math problem, the protagonist wakes up with a “math curse”, unable to stop doing just that and driving herself mad.The illustrations and formatting of the text are visually appealing, and the graphics greatly enhance what the text is saying. The writing is clever, intelligent, and funny. This book looks like it would lend itself well to being read aloud, as the audience would be encouraged to [...]

    13. This book is a great way to start off the school year in math. The little boy is bombarded with math in all aspects of his life. It's extremely silly and moves at a good pace. There are even questions that students can answer along the way to keep them engaged. It is recommended in the Everyday Math series as a literature/math connection. After reading the book aloud, I'm planning on sharing a number that is a "curse" for me. I'm going to show how the number 2 comes up in my life a lot. For exam [...]

    14. This truly dizzying book adds up to be a story of mathematical genius! Mrs. Fibonacci's sequence of events leaves her students spinning as they begin to see everything as a math problem! Math Curse is amazing book that brings math from the sometimes abstract world into everyday real life for students. As the students see everything from breakfast cereal to english class as a mathematical problem they being to think like mathematicians which in the end cures them of their math curse. The mixed me [...]

    15. I think this book is a interesting and funny way for students to look at math. It will spark thoughts of math in their everyday lives. It includes operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, bar graphs, etc. The illustrations are also very interesting. The illustrator chose to use darker colors such as browns, blacks, and reds. There are other colors included in the pages, but the dark colors really create a creepy, vintage look. Overall, I think this is a very unique boo [...]

    16. Yet another mathematics book that I was exposed to during mathematics workshops in my school district. Scieszka is a genius!****Yet, when I re-read this I realized that despite how wonderful it is, I think it is actually written for adults. Sure, children can work through the problems, but much of the language seems adult-oriented.****This book showed up in our district's mathematics curriculum for a project we're doing early in the school year. I decided to re-familiarize myself with it. As goo [...]

    17. Jon Scieszka is my favorite not-4-kids-only author. Better put, Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca) writes for kids of all ages. From 7 to 7 times 10 + 35 will appreci8 the fear and sadly hatred many have experienced about math. Scieszka demonstr8s that we can not run away. It perme8s our daily life. For those of you mathematically enhanced, there is even one error in the calculations done in the book. Can you find it? Adding this book to your library will mean reaping dividends of laughter.

    18. This was a delightfully fun look at math questions that someone may face. The artwork was entertaining and the look at math through the eyes of a child was silly -- and can possibly help a youngster overcome any fears they have about math.

    19. Exceedingly clever. Fun for both math experts and elementary school kids. I enjoyed explaining to my 3rd grade who Fibonacci was. The book is fun and entertaining, whether or not you think it is fun to work the problems.

    20. This book seriously gave me anxiety when was little!! Now, I appreciate its humor and ridiculousness. The illustrations are so much fun, and the mind bending is clever and impressive!!

    21. Summary: Math Curse by Lane Smith and Jon Scieszka was a hit! It’s most important lesson is that math is EVERYWHERE!! A powerful message introduced in a fun and entertaining way that Scieszka and Smith so easily do. The book tells of a student who is cursed by the way mathematics works in everyday life. The authors use algebra, probability, charts, statistics, fractions, time and money throughout the book. The character meets problem after problem, slowly turning into a math zombie as everythi [...]

    22. Math Curse is the story of a girl whose math teacher, Mrs. Fibonacci, comments that math could be applied to everything around us. The girl starts to see math problems in her daily routines. When she wakes up in the morning, she checks her clock and calculates how much time it would take to change her clothes and brush her teeth. Then, how many minutes are left for her to get to the bus stop and so on. It drives her crazy and makes her overwhelmed. It is interesting how the authors, Jon Scieszka [...]

    23. I understand the appeal to this book, thought it only garnered 3 stars from me.It's a funny take on how math is used everyday, the illustrations are delightful and detailed. I liked that the questions weren't always (strictly) sensible and/or relevenat to the question.I do think the gag went on far too long and that this would have been more enjoyable (for me) had it been (more than) a few pages shorter. I found that I was bored after one or three examples in school. I also realise I am not a gr [...]

    24. The Math Curse, written and illustrated by Jon Scieszka, is about a young student looks at everything like it is a math problem. Throughout the story, the student can't help but analyze every problem and experience in their life in terms of math. Unfortunately, the student's math is not very good math, and none of it makes much sense. In the very last moments of the day, the student solves the most complicated problem of the day, and when they wake up the next morning, they can do the math, no p [...]

    25. The Math Curse is a great book to show children the discovery of math in many things. Sometimes people think math has no use for them but this book shows how math can be incorporated throughout the school day and multiple things in your life. Scieszka does a great job with the incorporation of math in other school subjects and word problems they could very well see. I also enjoyed the style of the illustrations throughout the book.

    26. Math Curse is a great picture book that helps you show the important of math in life to your class. One of the most popular questions in math is "when will I ever use this." And Math Curse helps show students that they use math more than they think. In secondary Math Curse would be a great way for math teachers to start of the year. It's comical and could open up conversations to with students about how they will utilize more advanced math in their life.

    27. I laughed and laughed! It follows a student whose teacher says "You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem." The student begins to see math problems everywhere! Great illustrations and humorous text make this a must-read book for all math lovers or haters! I sent it to my accountant daughter and her actuarial husband--they loved it! If your child if feeling curse by math, this book is sure to bring a smile!

    28. I just love Jon Scieszka! I finally sat down to read this book after seeing it on my Library shelves for so many years. Great book to illustrate that math is all around us and that anything can be turned into a math problem. Would make a great read aloud and a challenge to have the kids solve all of the different math problems in the book

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