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The Monster Who Did My Math

by Danny Schnitzlein
illustrated by Bill Mayer

A math-phobic boy faces another dreaded evening of multiplication when a monster suddenly appears in his room and offers him a deal he cannot refuse.

After a quick signature on a contract, the boy’s problems are solved, and his homework is ready to turn in the next day. At first, everything adds up perfectly. But when the boy’s math knowledge is tested at school, his troubles begin to multiply. What did the fine print on that contract read?

In paragraph seven of clause ninety-three,
“If you don’t learn anything, do not blame me!”

When the bill comes, will our hero have the money―and the math skill―to subtract that wicked monster from his life once and for all?

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-420-4
Publication Date: 9/1/2007
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 8-7/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-668-0
Publication Date: 8/1/2012
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 8-7/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.1
F&P: GRL O, Gr 3, Genre F
Themes: Cheating, Facing Fears, Homework, Procrastination
BISAC 1: JUV035000 JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV052000 JUVENILE FICTION / Monsters

Reviews

“Mayer’s vibrant, computer-generated illustrations, replete with gigantic otherworldly grins and mortal eyes stretched tall with fear, will appeal to fans of afternoon cartoons. Outlandish shadows convey the cautionary nature of the tale, while amusing details keep the mood perpetually fun. Narrated in humorous verse, this ‘tale of mathematical mayhem’ will provide an entertaining addition to math classes and a useful warm-up to tutoring sessions with less-than-enthusiastic students.” ―School Library Journal

“Bill Mayer’s bright, wacky gouache illustrations are every bit as much fun as the story.” ―Courier-Times

“The artwork in this book is masterful and the poetry enjoyable.” ―Science Books & Films

“Danny Schnitzlein’s rhyming story about taking responsibility and doing your homework is great for kids, whether they struggle with math or any other subject.” ―Parent and Teacher US Kids Magazine

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“With brilliant, clever rhyming verse, award-winning author Danny Schnitzlein shows what happens when kids become lazy thinkers and attempt to take short cuts with their homework.” ―Janet Boyer

“This would be a good first day activity explaining the importance of problem solving, and doing your own work.” ―Kyle Norman

“This is a hilariously creepy yet adorable story that reminds us that the easy way out isn’t always the easiest way out; sometimes the experience, the journey, the things we learn along the way mean so much more than the end result.” ―Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“Not only does the story teach children about the fun that can be had with math, but it also teaches them the importance of choices they make…It’s a story that our family will be reading for years to come, not only because we love the illustrations and math but also because of the principles it teaches.” ―There’s a Book

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Awards

Illustrators 50 Gold Medal (50th Annual Exhibition) ―Society of Illustrators, 2007

Illustration Annual ―Communication Arts, 2008

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2008

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Storytelling World Resource Awards (Honor, Stories for Young Listeners) ―Storytelling World magazine, 2009

25 Books All Young Georgians Should Read ―Georgia Center for the Book, 2010

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Meet the Author

Danny Schnitzlein studied creative writing at Eckerd College and holds a BS degree from the University of Florida. He lives in Georgia. You can visit his website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Bill Mayer is an award-winning graphic artist and the illustrator of a number of picture books, including The Monster Who Did My Math; On My Very First Day of School I Met…; A Walk in the Rain With a Brain; and Brer Rabbit and Boss Lion. He lives in Georgia.