You Can Count on Monsters: The First 100 Numbers and Their Characters

Richard Evan Schwartz, Author . A K Peters $24.95 (244p) ISBN 978-1-56881-578-7

This compact, innovative book counts to 100 using prime numbers represented as “monsters,” each with identifying characteristics (two resembles a bee with two buggy eyes, and three is an angry-looking triangular creature). The book opens with explanations of multiplication, prime and composite numbers, and factor trees, then moves on to a list of numbers. Each prime number looks unique, while composite numbers are represented by scenes involving their prime monsters (eight is illustrated as three of the beelike twos, i.e., two times two times two. Readers may have difficulty deciphering the pictures, which come to resemble little works of abstract geometric art. But especially for creative learners, visualizing the roles each monster plays may lead to deeper number sense. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 03/08/2010
Release date: 01/01/2010
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