The Magic Juice (Volume)

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

At Monster Kindergarten, the students each receive a ladleful of magic juice in their cups. Yet, strangely enough, some cups appear to be much fuller than others! When Headmistress Witch is away, Flappy and his friends gleefully fill up their cups. But why does this lead to some very strange results...?

Topic: Volume

SERIES INFORMATION

In the Creepy Mathematics series, a spooky group of children encounter a host of problems. Flappy the vampire is unable to understand why his custom-made 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, newly imported from Korea, was created by specialists in childhood education. The series presents mathematical concepts in lively and amusing ways which would tickle children’s fancies even as they learn. 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

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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.

Another title that we enjoyed reading is The Magic Juice where the creepy kids each brought their favourite cup from home to the kindergarten. 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!

The book illustrations are very attractive. The classic image of the witches, the dramatic facial expressions, and so on, all serve to capture one's attention. ... Actually, through this story, the child is able to understand the idea of a half, a third, and a quarter. The child also understands the concept of quantity by counting the four cups. Mathematics knowledge is concealed in the story so that the reader may learn of the concepts unconsciously.

The colours of this series' books tend towards the darker shades and I find that it is more suitable to be read during the Halloween period. Hanging onto our curiosity as we walk into the world of Creepy Mathematics, we will find that this spooky world has many fun and enjoyable aspects to it, and that mathematics is really not creepy after all.

In the story, Headmistress Witch uses one ladleful as a single unit of measurement and pours the same amount of magic juice into each student's cup. However, because of the different sizes of each cup, the amount of liquid in each of them appears to differ.

I had also let my child take out bowls of different sizes, fill up a glass of water, and then pour the water into each of the bowls. After that, she observed the visual differences of the water in the bowls. Through this method, my child understood that appearances could be deceiving due to the sizes of the containers, even though the amount of water contained is actually the same.

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Specifications

Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 250 x 245 mm
Language: English
ISBN: 978-981-09-0834-8