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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3
Many children will recognize the dread that faces the hero of this Faustian tale as Sunday evening dwindles and the math homework can no longer be ignored. As the clock strikes 12, the narrator is granted a brief reprieve from his mathematical woes when a caped monster appears in his bedroom and offers to do his homework for a price. The youngster gladly signs his contract, opting to pay later, and is highly satisfied with his bargain when his homework yields an A+ the following day. Eventually the downside of this arrangement hits home when the boy is called to the blackboard and is unable to complete a problem, having not actually learned anything. In his determination to escape his contract, he is forced to use math to come up with the $64 payoff and discovers that he enjoys problem-solving. Mayer's vibrant, computer-generated illustrations, replete with gigantic otherworldly grins and mortal eyes stretched tall with fear, will appeal to fans of afternoon cartoons. Outlandish shadows convey the cautionary nature of the tale, while amusing details keep the mood perpetually fun. Narrated in humorous verse, this "tale of mathematical mayhem" will provide an entertaining addition to math classes and a useful warm-up to tutoring sessions with less-than-enthusiastic students.
—Jayne DamronCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561454204
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 686,038
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    I love this book!

    And so does my 5-year-old grandson! Written in rhyme and fun to read, this book has a great message about learning to do your own work. When I offer to read a story...this is one he'll choose most often.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Banish the "Math Monster"

    This is a powerhouse picture book for grade school kids (and the adults that love to read to them!) The awesome and amusing verse by Danny Schnitzlein, plus the amazing and graphic illustrations by Bill Mayer give us that sense of dread that comes with math challenges; but with a great cautionary tale against taking the "easy way out". Anyone who has ever struggled with the Sunday night race to get homework done will smile at the frantic efforts of the storyteller. Also, the classic "do your work at the blackboard" scene sets the record straight on the perils of having someone else do your work! In the end, The Monster Who Did My Math helps us to see that learning to DO the math for ourselves beats the "fear monster", and that's the best reward of all!

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