Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Math Quest Books

Disclosure: I was sent these books to review free of charge from Quarto Books USA. All opinions in this post are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review. I am including links to each item for your convenience but do not receive anything if you purchase them.

Are you looking for new ways to make math more exciting? Or do you want to supplement your kids math lessons with something different? Then these books are for you. They are a series of Math Quest books by David Glover and illustrated by Tim Hutchinson. Each book focuses on different mathematical skills and requires the reader to flip back and forth through the book depending on the answers to various questions and problems. The books are written for kids between the ages of 8-12. Hazel was a bit young and struggled with some of the problems, but loved trying them and just asked for help if she couldn't figure it out yet.

Cavern of Clues takes the reader on a treasure hunt to find Black Beard's gold. The problems in this book are calculations, so the reader gets to practice their math calculations throughout it and the problems are word problems for an added bonus!!
The Museum of Mysteries takes the reader on a journey to catch the thieves in the museum during the middle of the night. Now I did worry that this might scare Hazel but she got over her fright pretty quickly because she loved solving the problems. This book's problems are based on numbers. They are a bit number theory and a bit of word problems.
The Mansion of Mazes takes you to a mysterious mansion that has a crime happening. Paintings and jewelry have vanished and the police ask for your help. The math in this book is shape, space and measures (or geometry in mathematical names). Again I was afraid Hazel would get scared but she didn't. She was too excited for the adventure.

The Planet of Puzzles takes the reader to a different planet with the responsibility to bring supplies to the Alpha Base and update their computer systems, but upon arrival the reader realizes something is wrong and has to solve the problems and find the crew. The math involved in this book is data handling so there are charts and graphs and more with questions using the data presented. Hazel read this book to me tonight and she worked out some of the problems on her own and asked me if she was really stuck. It took about an hour and a half to two hours to get through it this way.

Hazel has been loving these books. I love that they present mathematical problems in real-life (or pretend real-life) situations. The stories are a bit farfetched but still present a more real-life problem than what one typically sees in math books. Hazel and I both found the page flipping a bit of a nuisance, but Hazel did not seem to mind as much tonight. I think it takes getting use to. We can highly recommend these books and suggest them as fun ways to practice some math as well as problem solving. I hope you will check them out!