Mesmerizing Math (affiliate link) by Jonathon Litton and illustrated by Thomas Flintham is a different kind of math book. It’s described by the author as a book of “incredible ideas plus interactive flaps and tabs” and that’s pretty much true.
There’s almost nothing in the way of narrative, so the book is really just a quirky colorful math dictionary with playful illustrations, and brief descriptions. And yet, it’s more fun than you’d expect a math dictionary to be thanks to those interactive flaps and tabs.
The hardcover book is organized into 8 broad categories, each with its own 2-page spread.
“Nifty numbers” briefly explains square numbers (and their roots, thanks to an interactive tab), zero, powers of ten, fractions, percentages, and decimals, among other items. Whereas “Shaping up” covers points and lines, types of triangles, solids, polygons, angles, circles and more.
It’s the kind of book that can provide enrichment or even entertainment in small chunks; it’s not a book most children would read cover-to-cover. However it is a fun, off-beat resource for math-loving kids and their families. Homeschool families might find this book to be a welcome resource, as well. I also think it’s a good buy for libraries.
This book is recommended for kids age 7-10. The hardcover edition retails for around $19.
I received a review copy of this book from its publisher.