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Math Curse

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  7,386 ratings  ·  713 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 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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Brittany Young
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Lisa Vegan
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sydnee Peterson
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This cute story tells the struggle of our main character discovers that everything in life seems to be a math problem. The equations are unlimited, and all the things that are thought seems to be math related. Our main character can not seem to escape the math problems. All aspects of the day have turned into math! She is convinced that the teacher has placed a math curse on her. The character was so adorable throughout the whole story as she works through the problems of the book. I love how ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm keen on math, so this book really delighted me. I liked the format, and Jon Scieszka's zany approach is always welcome. However, the one thing that bugged me was that there was no in-depth answer key (for the legit problems) or explanation tucked away in the back, as optional learning. For example, the teacher is named Fibonacci, and they present a basic Fibonacci sequence... but nowhere does it throw out a "by the way, this is what this is and WHY these numbers follow" in case any older ...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
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
all in all it was a good book. it can teach children how math contribute to our everyday lifes.
Uday Desai
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Danielle Boles
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Meg Stolte
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 ...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 ...more
Sep 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Linda by: previous books of the author
Shelves: own, signed, lr-bookshelf
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.
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-picture
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.
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!!
Sarah Lubow
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Math Curse uses a mix of collages and oil paintings to create disturbing, bizarre, detailed, and emotionally compelling images throughout the book’s narrative. In this book there is a spiral of children sticking out their tongues and holding out fingers, cupcakes with grumpy and emotional faces, and socks that slither and balloon outwards from the narrator’s toes. These illustrations styles are similar to a Tim Burton-esque darkness.

The book follows a (mostly) gender ambiguous child throughout
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love books by Jon Scieszka. He is so clever, and manages to turn topics like science and math into pure laugh-out-loud fun, all the while surreptitiously teaching something to his readers.

In this book, the young boy who narrates says he was “cursed” by his math teacher, “Mrs. Fibonacci.”

[The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers in which you get to the next number by adding up the two numbers before it. For example, starting with 1 and adding it to get the next number, and then continuing
Jewely Lewis
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I selected this fiction story for my favorites shelf because of its hilarious narrative and wonderful connection to all sorts of mathematics. The story follows a girl whose teacher, Mrs. Fibonacci, tells her class how that they can think about practically everything as a math problem. This puts a comical math curse on the girl who cannot live peacefully anymore because everything is a math problem that she now cannot stop thinking about. The girl is at her wits ends by the end of the story when ...more
Caitlin Wooley
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The math curse is about a boy who believes he is doomed to think of everything around him as a math problem. It all started after a math teach told him, " you can solve anything with a math problem". All of a sudden his morning routine, his school recess, and even his dreams turn in to a dreaded math problem. As we read through the book you can feel his anxiety grow and grow as the day passes and he cannot stop thinking about math. He finally lays his head to rest, when he is faced with another ...more
Greta Merkel
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The math curse tells the story of a girl who becomes riddled with anxiety after her teacher tells her that she can think of almost anything as a math problem. From the time she wakes up until she goes back to bed, she can't get away from the "curse." Whether she is eating breakfast or in social studies, everything becomes a math problem in her head. It wasn't until her dream that she was free. She solved the curse with a fraction, by creating a whole and then a hole in the wall to free herself. ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, educ542
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Janie Kimball
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Math Curse is about a student whose world is rocked when his teacher says that just about anything is a math problem. After hearing about the idea at school, the student wakes up, stuck in a world in which everything is a math problem. Thoughts about charts, fractions, multiplication, and more fill the student’s head as the student notices that even the most ordinary things can be tied back to math. In order to escape this mathematical mania, the student solves his way through the problem, and ...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. He
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