La Malédiction des maths
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La Malédiction des maths

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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 till the bus leaves. Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants -- can you make 1 good outfit? Don't worry -- it's just the Math Curse striking! An amusing book about dealing with numbers in everyday life.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published September 19th 1997 by Seuil Jeunesse (first published October 1st 1995)
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Brittany Young
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 experiment.” I lik...more
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...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Jun 23, 2011 Cheryl in CC NV rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl in CC NV by: random
Well, if a child isn't overwhelmed by all the math, s/he's probably overjoyed to realize that other people, too, can make fun with math everywhere. I wouldn't expect a child under about age 8 to get much out of this, but if s/he owns & re-reads the book, s/he will understand more of it with every year of study. Better yet, an adult who loves math should share it with the child.

I liked the pun near the end, showing that Language Arts (aka English, in some schools) is also useful. But Art clas...more
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...more
Meg Stolte
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 the curse… only t...more
Uday Desai
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...more
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...more
“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 that Jo...more
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...more
Abby Greb
This is fantastic! This story would be another great one to use to connect reading and math together. And it is true, math is everywhere. I think the way the story is written, and what the child goes through is very understandable to other students. I also think this would be a great story to read during a math lesson sometime; you can take the problems the character thinks of and actually have your students do them. I definitely give this story two thumbs up! It is very school friendly!
Lisa Vegan
Oct 26, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: for showing how math does, in fact, connect to “real life” and that science does too
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
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 until I took statist...more
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...more
Nov 13, 2009 Liz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th grade and up
Recommended to Liz by: My elementary school math teacher!
Shelves: lis-565
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...more
Sabrina Smith
Picture Book

After 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 res...more
Lauran Ferguson
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...more
Ashley Ott
•Summary: A math teacher tells her students that math problems can be found everywhere and one student believes that she has now put a curse on him. He now can’t do anything without turning it into a math problem. He goes through several days of this, until he realizes that the problems can be solved making his days easier.
•Evaluation: This book would be good for a math read aloud for a third or fourth grade class. Although it doesn’t teach any particular math lesson there are many...more
Shannon Alexander
"Math Curse" is about a young boy who gets wrapped up in the concepts of math after his math teacher, cleverly named Mrs. Fibonacci after the math sequence, points out that you can think of everything as a math problem. The boy takes the word "problem" as a negative word, meaning something that is going to bring him trouble and anxiety. He starts thinking about all of the time in his day and measurements of various things. He starts confusing himself. I think that this book illustrates the under...more
Danielle Boles
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...more
Edward Lee
On Tuesday, every little thing in the narrators life becomes a math problem. Brushing his teeth take time, he might miss the bus. The narrator begins questioning everything, how many inches in a foot, how many feet in a yard, his whole life had become a math problem; worse, a math curse. Everything he looks at or thinks about became a math problem, on the bus, his classroom, the lunchroom, all over the place. He has a dream, a dream of a large math equation and figures out that by using fraction...more
This book begins with the teacher telling her students that everything can be a math problem. The narrator then sees everything as a math problem and becomes a “math zombie” who cannot stop thinking about math. The story continues with different types of math problems until the “math curse” is broken. At the end, the science teacher says, “ You know, you can think almost everything as a science experiment.” The little boy drops his test tube with a “Noooooo” look on his face! This book has a var...more
Jessica Navarrete
This is a fun and interactive book for readers of all ages. It has a word problem on every page all while telling a story. We begin to think this boy’s life is entirely a problem due to the entire math he incorporates into his day. It also includes picture problems, which makes it easier for visual learners to understand this boy’s everyday life, math problems. It follows him through the time he wakes up and gets ready, his way to school, and his life at school. During lunch he analyses how the...more
Emily Scott
This is a cute story about all of the different math problems that occur in your everyday life. 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 the curse… only to find that she’s put under another curse when her science teacher explains that everythi...more
This book is about a child who starts seeing the world around her as math all the time. Everything she does in her daily routine reminds her of math, from brushing her teeth to eating lunch, all she can think about is addition or fractions or other math components. I would use this story in a first or second grade classroom for a math lesson that tied in writing. I would tell students that they would be making a class book of how math is a part of their lives. Each child would create a page of t...more
I’ve never seen a book quite like this one. I think it’s a great way to get children thinking and involved in math. It also causes them to think about how math is in their everyday life. The first page says, “You know you can think of almost everything as a math problem” which is a great way to get minds going. Its funny too because when the child starts to realize that almost everything in his day involves math she gets scared and said that she has a math curse put on her. It seemed as if the o...more
The Math Curse by Jon Sczieska is a very interesting book because of the way its set up and how the illustrations are laid out. But, I do really like how the book is full of math problems and relates it to real life situations. Students always ask in math, “When are we ever going to use this?” Well this book would the perfect book to hand them to answer that question. It didn’t really like how the book didn’t have much a story line, it was there but very lose. I think the students listening to t...more
Ashley R.
Math curse is a very fun book! A boy wakes up one day and becomes fixated on doing math; how long he has to get ready, how long it will take him to get dressed, how many bites he can take to eat his cereal, how much time it will take to get to the bus. This book goes on and on about the boy's mathematic obsessions, it is literally all he can think about for the day and it overwhelms him. Then the next day, he wakes up and realizes he's not as obsessed as he was the day before. Until he realizes...more
Rigoberto Gamez
Math curse is the story about how everything has to do with math. The main character thinks of it as a curse and finds a way to turn everything into a math question. Once the main character starts to figure out some of the problems she finds out that she is no longer stuck in the curse. Then, the next day it starts again when her science teacher makes her think of how science is in everything.

In a class I would use this and have all of the students answer the questions that the main character...more
I think this book is very different from many other books. They use math problems throughout the book using different examples and relate everything back to numbers and math. It gets the kids thinking about math. It will help the kids understand that even when they don't mean to do math they are doing it. You can stop throughout the book and have the kids figure out some of the questions the book asks. This is a good book for teachers to read to their class because it gets them involved and the...more
Jul 21, 2011 Yvensong rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvensong by: Darlene
Shelves: ya-and-children
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.
Elizabeth S
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.
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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...more
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