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I'm terrible at math, and I hate reading but this was one book that I enjoyed.
But enough of that. Look at that title. Look at that little devil with the pencil in his hand. It's a story about a (you guessed it) bad math student who is haunted every night by a devil of numbers. Each dream has our moody devil showing some of the cooler sides of math, with Pascal’s triangle, and prime numbers, the golden ratio and more are all discussed very simply and in a kid friendly way. Did I mention it's completely illustrated?
The Number Devil
At the tip of Pascal's Triangle is the number 1, which makes up the zeroth row. The first row (1 & 1) contains two 1's, both formed by adding the two numbers above them to the left and the right, in this case 1 and 0.
Do the same to create the 2nd row: 0+1=1; 1+1=2; 1+0=1. And the third: 0+1=1; 1+2=3; 2+1=3; 1+0=1. In this way, the rows of the triangle go on infinitly.
If you know a smart kid who hates math, get them this book. It's a quick and easy read with lots of pictures that introduces you to some of the more fascinating aspects of numbers.
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I am a fifth grade math teacher and I am reading this book to my students. They love it!! I am going to have my students make glogs about the book after we finish. Thanks for your inspiration!