Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math

What if your life was in danger...and the only thing that could save you was math?  Would you know what to do?

The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math by Sean Connolly is the latest of his books making math and science fun.

This book is broken up into 24 challenges, each one presenting a dangerous scenario and giving the necessary information to save yourself with math skills.  This is followed by room to work out your problem, then a step-by-step discussion of the answer.  Next comes an experiment you can do at home demonstrating the same principles.  Occasionally fun facts and other extras are thrown in.  Each problem is categorized by topic and difficulty level.  While you may not make a math lover out of the number averse by handing them this book, at the very least it will illustrate practical applications for those who claim they'll never use math in real life.  The scenarios are far more whimsical and entertaining than the traditional word problem and should hold more interest as a result.  The graphic layout helps a lot in this regard as well.  Every page packs a visual punch.  Teachers and tutors would do well to keep this book on hand, and parents should take note if their children need extra practice or love working with numbers.

The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math is published by Workman Publishing and retails for $12.95 (hardcover).  I bought my copy with my very own money.  You can get yours at Left Bank today!

Join us at Left Bank Books--Central West End on Tuesday, May 1, at 4:30 p.m. for After School Experiments with Sean Connolly!  Mr. Connolly will be demonstrating principles from all of his books.  If you can't join us for the event, call the store at 314-367-6731 x. 1 to reserve your signed copy.

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