Creepy Mathematics (Series)

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

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 engaging tales will make young readers eager to learn more about Mathematics through the exploits of their spooky friends.

In these books, mathematical concepts are presented 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!
The little vampire, Flappy, sleeps in a coffin just like his father. Much to his dismay however, he has outgrown his bed! Papa Dracula seeks out a skilful carpenter to make a new coffin for Flappy—but the size is always wrong!

BOOK 2 (VOLUME): THE MAGIC JUICE
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...?

BOOK 3 (AREA): VAMPIRE VEGETABLES
The little vampire, Flappy, has learnt how to scare people at Monster Kindergarten! However, his attempts to scare a little human girl backfire on him badly...Flappy is appalled to realise that the girl is much braver and stronger than he is. Will he be able to find out the secret to her courage?

BOOK 4 (WEIGHT): A SPECTRE AT THE SEE-SAW
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?

BOOK 5 (ESTIMATION): CREEPY CAMP
The students of Monster Kindergarten are having their annual camp at Ghastly Gorge. However, a violent storm occurs suddenly and the entire area is soon flooded. A little girl’s family is trapped and have no way to get to safety… Can these spooky but kind-hearted students help them out?

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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.

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!

Through the combination of text and imagery in this picture book, an interest and liking of mathematics can be cultivated in children. Because mathematics is not a dry subject, but one which has a certain magic about it. Hence, when my child had finished reading this book, he reflected sombrely, "Learning Maths is really useful." Ha, indeed it is!

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 little story, children not only learn and understand the concept of area, but also learn not to be fussy with their food, as well as to be helpful towards peers like Belle. These subtle messages are not mentioned explicitly in the book, but children who read this book, are able to feel the positive energy of such messages. Vampires are not scary and fussy children have to correct their eating habits in order to become brave and strong..
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.
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!

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Specifications

Titles: 5
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 250 x 245 mm
Language: English
ISBN: 978-981-09-0833-1
(New Coffins for a Growing Vampire!)

978-981-09-0834-8
(The Magic Juice)

978-981-09-0835-5
(Vampire Vegetables)

978-981-09-0836-2
(A Spectre at the See-Saw)

978-981-09-0837-9
(Creepy Camp)