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Math Curse

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  7,147 ratings  ·  681 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 al ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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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 lik ...more
Darlene
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
Kathryn
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 te ...more
Linds
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 chi ...more
Ronyell
“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
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Megan
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 r ...more
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
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Montanna
all in all it was a good book. it can teach children how math contribute to our everyday lifes.
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 t ...more
Tatiana
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
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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 b ...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 statist
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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
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Sabrina
Sabrina Smith
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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
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Ckorbakis
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 exam ...more
Liz
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 me
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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
Robert Owens
Yet another mathematics book that I was exposed to during mathematics workshops in my school district. Scieszka is a genius!

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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.
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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
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Linda
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.
Yvensong
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.
Talia Smart
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!!
sonia(serpintia)
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
read this book at school
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
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Jill
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
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Jessica
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educ542, own
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Jeanie  {coffee girl}
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jon Scieszka's Math Curse tells the story of one little girl whose life that has been taken over by problems, not just any problems either. They are Math problems caused by her teacher Mrs. Fibonacci. It all started when she said, "You Know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem." If you have been following my Summer Reading, this will sound familiar, as this student had another problem caused by her science teacher, Mr Newton, when he said, " You Know, you can think of almost eve ...more
Sunah Chung
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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CalamityMane
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
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Seth
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...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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