Perimeter, Area, and Volume: A Monster Book of Dimensions


Grab your jumbo popcorn and 3-D glasses, because you're invited to the premiere of a 3-D movie! The star-studded cast of monsters will help you calculate the perimeter of the set, the area of the movie screen, and the volume of your popcorn box. Learning about dimensions has never been so entertaining.

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Grab your jumbo popcorn and 3-D glasses, because you're invited to the premiere of a 3-D movie! The star-studded cast of monsters will help you calculate the perimeter of the set, the area of the movie screen, and the volume of your popcorn box. Learning about dimensions has never been so entertaining.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The team behind numerous math-oriented books, including Mystery Math: A First Book of Algebra and Fun with Roman Numerals, turns to length, width, and depth using a cast of digitally rendered monsters that are starring in a 3-D movie, Monsters in the Neighborhood. Word problems prompt readers to find the dimensions of various objects, including the perimeter of two fences, the area of a rectangular movie screen, and the volume of a jumbo and large box of popcorn: “We call the amount a box holds, or the space anything with three dimensions takes up, its volume.” The movie-making elements feel unnecessary—the energetic monsters could easily carry the book on their own—but the math lessons are nonetheless delivered with clarity and enthusiasm. Ages 7–10. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
When you travel with monsters to see a three-dimensional movie, learning about math turns out to be a lot of fun! In this inventive collaboration, Adler and Miller introduce simple explanations to explain the concepts of measures and how they are used. These include length, width, depth, perimeter, circumference, area, and volume. The monsters pose for posters (because they are movie star monsters) and put up fences to keep nosy neighbors away. They use a model of this book's cover to determine dimensions, which creates an interactive way for readers to explore the concept. They go to the movies and order popcorn, and when it rains, they have to figure out what size rain coat each monster needs. These antics require, of course, a good grip on the mathematical skills they need to get the job done! Miller's clear, vivid illustrations are a good complement to Adler's clear narrative. Websites for both the illustrator and author are listed on the end pages. This is a great book for home, school, or library, and can be shared as a read aloud, reference, or enjoyed by an independent reader. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—A colorful cast of monsters takes readers on a journey to a 3-D movie, and along the way they calculate the perimeter, area, and volume of a variety of objects. Adler lays the groundwork by defining terminology ("high," "tall," "long," etc.), before presenting how one does the calculations. The explanations are clear and detailed. The bright, computer-enhanced illustrations will appeal to readers and also help to clarify the mathematical concepts being discussed in a graphic manner. For example, on one page a monster holds two rulers showing the dimensions of the page of the book as 8" by 10". In addition, word problems that are presented in the text are accompanied by images and equations appearing in the illustrations. An excellent supplement to reinforce these concepts.—Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA
Kirkus Reviews
Adler's workmanlike introduction to the three titular geometric concepts is straightforwardly instructive and without much whimsy, but Miller's lively accompanying artwork adds interest in the form a busy motley group of monsters engaged in cinematic pursuits. Concepts are introduced in brisk succession: First, the various names given to dimensions of three-dimensional objects are introduced; then circumference (and its attendant dependence on pi) quickly follows perimeter; area and volume come speeding along. Direct address is partly successful--readers are invited to help measure the perimeter of the monsters' yard and to figure out the area of a movie screen, for instance. But then there's this kind of confounding text: "Look at the posters outside the movie theater…. Do the monsters in the posters look real?" Well, no--but the fact that they don't isn't just because the posters show pictures of the characters in the story. It's because they are monsters, after all, and readers are seeing them in a two-dimensional picture-book illustration. The quick verbal and visual treatment of these concepts can appeal to math-oriented minds among preschool or primary-grade learners, but this effort misses the opportunity for an engagingly creative lure for the less math-minded. As an introduction to geometry it lacks important depth, simplicity and clarity in its visual approach. (Informational picture book. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422906
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 227,822
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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