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Math Curse [Hardcover]

By Jon Scieszka (Author) & Lane Smith (Illustrator)
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Item description for Math Curse by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith...

When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety which becomes a real curse.

Awards and Recognitions
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Great Stone Face Book Award - 1997-1998 Winner - Grades 4-6 category
  • Maine Student Book Award - 1997 Winner - Grades 4-8 category
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award - 1996 Nominee - Children's category
  • Bluebonnet Awards - 1997 Winner - Children's category
  • California Young Reader Medal - 1998 Nominee - Primary category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1517
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/11/1995 page 86
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 09/15/1995 page 1357
  • New York Times - 11/12/1995 page 31
  • Booklist - 11/01/1995 page 472
  • School Library Journal - 09/01/1995 page 215
  • NY Times Notable Bks of Year - 01/01/1995 page 72
  • Booklist Ed Choice Youth - 01/01/1996 page 744
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1995 page 45
  • Booklist - 04/01/1997 page 1342
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 735
  • SLJ's Best Books - 12/01/1995 page 23
  • ALA Best Books Young Adults - 01/01/1996 page 1284
  • ALA Notable Childrens Books - 01/01/1996 page 1292
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 692
  • School Library Journal - 10/01/2004
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 1001

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Viking Juvenile
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.26" Width: 11.27" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1995
Publisher   Viking Juvenile
Age  4-8
ISBN  0670861944  
ISBN13  9780670861941  

Availability  101 units.
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More About Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Multiple award-winning author Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan, the second oldest and the nicest of six boys. Jon went to school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana where he was a Lieutenant; Albion College in Michigan where he studied to be a doctor; and Columbia University in New York, where he received an M.F.A. in fiction. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years in a variety of positions. He is the author of many books for children including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (illustrated by Lane Smith), the Caldecott Honor book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (illustrated by Lane Smith), and Math Curse (illustrated by Lane Smith). In addition to his work as an author, Jon also runs a web-based literacy program called "Guys Read" that is designed to encourage boys, particularly reluctant readers, to get involved with books. In 2008, Jon was named the country's first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a joint effort of the Library of Congress and the Children's Book Council. During his two-year role as Ambassador, he acted as a spokesperson for children's literature, speaking to groups of parents, teachers, and children to encourage the importance of reading. You can visit Jon online at

Jon Scieszka currently resides in Brooklyn, in the state of New York.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Math Curse?

Funny and Educational  May 2, 2008
Jon Scieszka never disappoints when he puts out a book. We are huge fans of all of his picture books for younger children, but I believe that he has outdone himself with Math Curse. It is by far, one of my son's favorite books that we read over and over again. This is typical Scieszka humor laced with lots of cool math riddles that makes kids think and learn while laughing themselves silly all the way through the book. It's companion, Science Verse is also a great book and we are hoping that there are some other subjects at school that he can spin into another book like this one. The illustrations by Lane Smith are great as well and add an additional element of fun to the book. A must for any home library collection!
Math Curse Review  Sep 24, 2007
The book I received was in excellent shape and arrived at my doorstep very quickly. I will be able to use this book in my classroom and have to pay for items such as this out of my own pocket. Thank you for the savings for a product in mint condition.
Math  Sep 7, 2007
I teach math and I read this book to my class. It is one of my favorite books.
Math Curse  May 23, 2007
Have you ever had the math curse? Well, in the book Math Curse, a young boy gets put under the math curse. It all started when his teacher said, "You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem." That got his mind turning. After that, EVERYTHING was a math problem to him. This little boy had a creative mind. 24 cupcakes, 25 students, 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months hmm... Will this curse ever leave him alone?
This story is realistic fiction. The author, Jon Scieszka, does a wonderful job explaining every thing. It is easy to understand and to follow. I think that anyone who knows how to read would enjoy this book. Never before have I read a book quite like this one. It is almost like a Roald Dahl book, where your mind will be wondering what will happen untill the very end. Personally, I loved this book, and I am sure that you will too.
Math Curse  May 23, 2007
Have you ever gone through a day with a song stuck in your head? The same thing happened to a young boy, except he couldn't stop seeing math problems!
In this interactive children's book, a boy is told that life can be looked at as a math problem. After that, everything he sees or does is a math problem! He has to break the curse and go back to his normal life.
Math Curse is a well written children's book. It has maturity mixed with adolescence, and helps children develop skills for life. It's humorous and parents will enjoy reading it, too. To Jon Scieska and Lane Smith-well done!

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