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La Malédiction des maths

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  6,328 Ratings  ·  606 Reviews
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
Nov 20, 2011 Brittany Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2011 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, library
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
Oct 22, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Meg Stolte
Mar 28, 2014 Meg Stolte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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
Samantha Fate

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
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
Uday Desai
Aug 01, 2011 Uday Desai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Uday by: Cheryl
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
Mar 07, 2012 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
“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
Dec 06, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Vegan
Oct 26, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Sep 07, 2009 Ckorbakis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
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
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
Edward Creter
This book made me think. REALLY think. About...well...thinking, and overdoing thinking as I have a habit of doing from time to time. A small schoolgirl is given a "math curse" by a teacher whose only desire is for her to see things in a new way, as tho' everything were a math problem. Turns out it has an undesired effect, as she goes thru the process of overprocessing. A half a pizza is the same as 3/6 which leads to the conflict of which is tastier: a half-pizza or a half-apple pie? Etc. etc... ...more
Ruqayya Jarad
Feb 15, 2015 Ruqayya Jarad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Math Curse” by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. A nonfiction picture book. It is a perfect book to get students' minds working and thinking about how math does really apply to their everyday life. It is very interesting and an untraditional way of writing a story about numbers and math problems. It is about a kid who has a problem with math but when the math teacher told her you can think of almost everything as a math problem, She thought that her teacher put a math curse on her. She found that th ...more
Ashley Ott
Mar 17, 2014 Ashley Ott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
•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
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
Edward Lee
Feb 12, 2014 Edward Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Holland
1. Personal reaction – I liked how this book incorporated a lot of subjects (social studies, english, P.E., etc.) within the realm of mathematics and different types of math as well (division, multiplication, addition, subtraction, and other math vocabulary).

2. Purpose(s)/Use in the classroom
• read aloud to make a curricular connection: I would read this aloud during math. I would probably only read the section(s) relevant to the math concept being learned rather than confuse students with all o
LesLee Sanders
Oct 27, 2015 LesLee Sanders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has everything! It's about a kid who is told that everything can be thought of as a math problem. From the time they have got out of bed the math problems begin. He's figuring out time, addition, measurements, distances, graphing, fractions, multiplication, fractions, etc. The lesson learned...everywhere you look you can use math. This would be an awesome book to use as a substitute if no lesson plans were left for math. This would be great to use a page at a time for a math warm up fo ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
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
Oct 26, 2015 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, math, educ-542
Everything is fine for our student until Mrs. Fibonacci states that "Everything is a math problem!"
When she wakes up, she realizes that EVERYTHING IS MATH! Getting ready, milk in breakfast, clothes, even fellow students can all be broken into equations! The only possible answer is that Mrs. Fibonacci put a math curse on her. To solve this problem, our hero must use math to save the day...until Mr. Newton states that "everything is a science experiment!"

This very funny book is perfect for struggl
Emily Scott
Apr 16, 2014 Emily Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 10, 2014 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa P.
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
Janet Luch
Jun 02, 2016 Janet Luch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This book is written in the first person and takes place on one day. The teacher of the child has a math curse because of their teacher. There are math puzzles on every colorful page but not all of them can be solved. Some puzzles are funny, some are interesting, and some are the usual kind found in math books. The many pictures on the page add to the delightful words. For example, one page shows twenty-four different cupcakes. That makes one cupcake for each child in the class. However, the bir ...more
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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
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