Do Not Open This Math Book: Addition + Subtraction

Do Not Open This Math Book: Addition + Subtraction


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Start the school year right with New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar's fun and accessible introduction to the essentials of math. Addition and subtraction are as easy as 1 + 2 = 3 in this funny and educational book that will have readers embracing math instead of fearing it.

Finally, a FUN book to read with kids that helps bridge the gap between what's being taught in school and how today's parents learned math back in the day. Giggle your way through entertaining lessons on addition and subtraction involving muffins, turkey sandwiches, kittens, googly eyes, and more!

Actress, math whiz, and New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar uses her proven math techniques to give children the solid grasp of addition and subtraction that will be key to their success and unlock their potential in the classroom and beyond!

You will WANT to open this math book!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101933985
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 146,672
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Danica McKellar is the New York Times bestselling author of groundbreaking math books, including the picture books Goodnight, Numbers and Ten Magic Butterflies and the middle school hit Kiss My Math, and is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in mathematics. She is also well known for her acting roles on The Wonder Years, The West Wing, and multiple Hallmark Channel movies, and as a quarterfinalist on Dancing with the Stars. She lives with her family in Los Angeles. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (and more) at @danicamckellar, and visit

Maranda Maberry is a freelance illustrator who's had a pencil in her hand for as long as she can remember. Her passion led her to pursue an art degree, which was then followed by a colorful illustration career. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her designer husband and twin daughters. Visit her at

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Do Not Open This Math Book: Addition + Subtraction 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter is only 5, but I am beyond excited to dive into this book with her! We own a couple of Danica's other books for younger kids, & I can already tell this is going to continue the pattern of doing exactly what Danica set out to do- simply making math fun & not scary. Like her, I think that is all too important to establish in kids, especially at an early age. The same special gift she had for making Winnie Cooper one of the most iconic & relatable characters on television, she has recognized & refocused into being relatable & getting her point across on the pages of her books. I love the colorful pages in this book, the comic style, & the setup of the activities after each section. Of course, I wish that I had a book like this when I was a kid. At least now I get to rediscover math with my daughter! I don't think it gets much better than that! (Thanks, Danica!)
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Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this beginning math/subtraction book. Although geared towards elementary children, I think this book has potential for anyone struggling with the basics of addition and subtraction. Working with students from kindergarten through 6th grade and some struggling adult learners, I think this book is a gem. What makes this book fantastic in my eyes, is the way the concepts are presented. There are great visuals displaying the information and fantastic ideas to help bring the concepts to life. Danica’s language that she uses to get her point across in this book is fabulous. I found this book entertaining and educational, and although some concepts she builds upon immediately, sometimes she leaves a concept and later comes back to it adding to it. From adding basic numbers together to subtracting two-digit number, Danica shows how to do that visually and by reading this text, it seems as if she’s right there beside you. There’s a cute, little mouse as Danica sidekick in the book, who is reluctant to learn but with Danica’s help, he starts to learn and is successful. There is a section on place value, fact families, mental math, regrouping, and then subtracting with borrowing. Like I mentioned before, she starts out basic and moves into more complex material but it’s a gradual shift. The books language is positive and in reading the book, it’s as if you had your own teacher right there with you explaining the concepts. I think using this book with a child would be very beneficial and for children who can read, the ability for them to work through this book on their own would be valuable and an accomplishment. There are games, exercises and lots of examples inside this book. Thank you, Danica, for creating this book, what a terrific book teaching these concepts. I highly recommend checking out this book. Excerpt: (how readable and positive the book’s language is) “Just so you know, the whole point in moving the buns to “fill in a tin” is so we can turn these problems into the easy ones we saw on the chart on page 26, like 10 + 5 = 15 and 10 + 6 + 16. By filling the tins wherever we can, we’ll be making the problems easy, like magic.”