Kid Lit Review of “Mesmerizing Math” by Jonathan Litton and Thomas Flintham

This book is the perfect anecdote to math’s unwarranted reputation as hard or dull, by showing you how math can be both fun and exciting.


Using cartoons, pop-up parts, bright colors, and fun examples, the creators of this book make concepts from the golden triangle, to tessellation, to data collection interesting and easy to understand. Take fibonacci numbers: what kid could resist checking out flower petals or snail shells to learn about them?


Kids who read this will be thrilled to share with other kids how one can understand Pascal’s triangle using “hockey sticks” or the story of how the inventor of chess outsmarted the king who offered him a gift for his invention. You can learn how to win at game shows and a clever way to square numbers. Fractions are much more appealing when you see how to figure out how much pizza or cake you might want. And use the movable wrecking ball to figure out which numbers can be divided and which are prime!


Evaluation: Mesmerizing Math provides a fabulous way to add pizzazz to learning math. The pages are packed with fascinating facts and interesting activities. Jonathan Litton is a math teacher and Thomas Flintham illustrates other non-fiction works for children using the same pop-up techniques.

Recommended for ages 7-10.

Rating: 5/5

Published by Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2013



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7 Responses to Kid Lit Review of “Mesmerizing Math” by Jonathan Litton and Thomas Flintham

  1. sandynawrot says:

    Hey I give them credit for trying, but I don’t find math to be all that fun! Logical and reassuring, yes, but not fun! The illustrations are gorgeous though.

  2. I love educational books that make learning fun. This one looks like a winner.

  3. This book is in my stacks and I can’t wait to read it. I was one of the nerds who liked math in school.

  4. Care says:

    LOVE!! sounds like a perfect kid for my N&Ns. and maybe one for me, too…

  5. Care says:

    I meant GIFT. whatever…

  6. bookingmama says:

    Love the idea of this book! My kids are both math heads and would like it, but I definitely see the benefit for those kids who aren’t math fans.

  7. stacybuckeye says:

    I see this book in my future, maybe more for me than for Gage!

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