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

David A. Adler, illus. by Edward Miller. Holiday House, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-2290-6
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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.)
Reviewed on: 01/30/2012
Release date: 02/01/2012
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-8234-2763-5
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