A Spectre at the See-Saw (Weight)

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

The children at Monster Kindergarten are enjoying themselves playing on the see-saw. However, a little spectre, Breezy, is feeling sad at being left out of the fun. Though she tries her best, the see-saw simply refuses to dip when she sits on it! Can Headmistress Witch find a way to let Breezy play with her friends?

Topic: Weight


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, 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.

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!

Headmistress Witch's way of solving the problem is very elegant. She cleverly solves the problems of the children while integrating mathematics knowledge into these solutions. This is how a true educator should be!

Through picture books, children are able to look at the games which they used to play and this is something which would bring them joy. Using the two ends of the see-saw as a balance scale allows children to understand the concept of weight easily, and lets them know that mathematics is definitely a subject that is everywhere in life.

Through this game, everyone will understand that even though some people have larger body sizes, they may not necessarily weigh more. ... This story also tells us that many problems in life can be solved through mathematics.

I like this book very much. At Monster Kindergarten's playground, all the spooks are doing different activities. At first, the illustrations may seem scary, but really, they're not. On the contrary, I find them really cute!

The kids are all having fun playing on the see-saw but Breezy's too light, almost weightless, and so no one wants to play with her. It's pretty sad. Later, the clever Headmistress Witch thought of a good idea and used the see-saw as a means of measuring weight. This way, all the spooks at Monster Kindergarten got to find out their weight and Breezy was then able to play with different people. Also, by using the see-saw to measure weight, it was found that larger body sizes did not necessarily equate to heavier weights.

After receiving the book, Ningning grabbed it and began to read right away. I asked her if she found anything terrifying about the book, and she said, "It's not scary at all!" The spooks were also "very pretty", according to her. They were the "cute type"!'

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Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 250 x 245 mm
Language: English
ISBN: 978-981-09-0836-2