New Coffins for a Growing Vampire! (Length)

Author(s): Baek Mi Sook
Illustrator(s): Kang San
Translator(s):  David Lukens

The little vampire, Flappy, sleeps in a coffin just like his father, Count Dracula. Much to Flappy's dismay, however, he soon outgrows his bed and needs a new one. Count Dracula seeks out a skilful carpenter to make a new coffin for his son. But why is the new coffin always the wrong size?

Topic: Length


In the Creepy Mathematics series, a spooky group of children encounter a host of problems. Flappy the vampire is unable to understand why his coffins are always the wrong size. The little spectre, Breezy, does not know why she cannot seem to make the see-saw move downwards. These humorous and engaging tales will make young readers eager to learn more about Mathematics through the exploits of their spooky friends.

In the process of studying Mathematics, the understanding of basic principles and concepts is often the most challenging step for students to take. The Creepy Mathematics series from Korea was created by specialists in childhood education. Topics covered include length, volume, area, weight and estimation.

Titles in this Series
Book 1 (Length): New Coffins for a Growing Vampire!
Book 2 (Volume): The Magic Juice
Book 3 (Area): Vampire Vegetables
Book 4 (Weight): A Spectre at the See-Saw
Book 5 (Estimation): Creepy Camp


About the Author
Baek Mi Sook graduated from the Korean Language and Literature Department at Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea and in 1994, won an award at Seoul Shinmun's annual spring literary contest for her children's stories.

She also wrote The Tree that Became a Forest, My Friend is Coming and The Potato's Promise, and compiled the anthology, Stories of Love for Baby in the Womb.

About the Illustrator
Kang San is active in a variety of fields. Not only does he illustrate children’s books, he also does the artwork for comics and animated works as well. Despite using a computer to complete the illustrations for the stories in the Creepy Mathematics series, he was able to maintain a light and natural feel to the watercolour illustrations.

He has worked on animated productions, such as Utility Fighter and Kinu Story, and has illustrated books which include Learning English on a Trip to Europe and Sorry, Chickens.

We love that these 5 books present mathematical concepts in a funny but engaging way. The illustrations are beautiful and engaging though nothing creepy as the series title suggests.

There is also a section at the back that summarizes the story and teaches parents how to replicate the story into real-life hands-on fun. It’s no secret that kids appreciate concepts better if they are able to touch & feel for themselves.  And it’s great to know that we need no fanciful manipulative to replicate the lesson at home!

At the end, the carpenter and Flappy both understand where the problem lay. The carpenter used his own paces to measure Flappy's height in order to make the coffin correctly at last. When Flappy learnt this new piece of knowledge, he felt that he was indeed quite grown-up, and from then, was no longer afraid of the dreaded spiders. The last section of the book guides parents in helping their child find out more about the maths concept "length". I believe that after reading this book, children will have a greater understanding of the topic!

My son is in Primary 3 and this book is a little easy for him, but the art and storyline are still very attractive to him. Personally, I find that this book is more suitable for children between the ages of 3 to 6. The quality of the book however, is extremely good, and the book can be considered top-class in this aspect.

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S$ 13.95


Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 250 x 245 mm
Language: English
ISBN: 978-981-09-0833-1