The Little Book of Zombie Mathematics, written by Colin M. Drysdale (the creator of How To Raise A Happy Genius), provides a unique and alternative approach to getting people interested in mathematics. Originating as the Maths With Zombies blog, this book provides 25 zombie-based maths problems that, in the event of a zombie apocalypses, will be important to be able to solve if you want to survive. Each one comes with multiple choice answers (in case you don’t want to do the maths) and a full explanation of how to arrive at the correct answer (if you are interested). If you have an older child who is struggling to see why maths is important in everyday life, then this might just be the book to persuade them that it is.
While all the maths problems are available for free on the original blog, the book brings them all together in a single volume and adds a scoring system that you can use to calculate your MWZ (Maths With Zombies) score that you can use to estimate, based on your maths skills, how long you would survive in the even of a zombie apocalypse. This book is just plain fun for everyone, but with enough background information about the maths to give you a good chance of learning something new, too. However, as the author says, ‘Any learning that results from reading this book is purely co-incidental rather than intended!’
Basic Book Information: ISBN: 978-1909832213; Date of Publication: November 2015; Recommended Retail Price (RRP): £4.99/US$6.99; Number of pages: 100. To purchase in the UK, click here. To purchase in the USA, click here.
What Age Of Child Is It Aimed At? This book is aimed at older children and adults, and is suitable for children from about the age of ten onwards. Younger children within this age range may struggle with some of the more advanced maths problems, but they will still enjoy it.
How Long Will It Take To Read? While it would take several hours to work through all twenty-five maths problems contained in this book in one go, it is designed in such a way that you can dip in and out of individual problems as and when you have a few minutes free.
What Core Life Skills Will It Help Develop? This book will help develop both maths and problem-solving skills, as well as encouraging children to see how maths can be useful in everyday life.
Are There Other Books By The Same Author? Yes. The author has also published a series of post-apocalyptic survival novels (the For Those In Peril series), and an anthology of short stories titled Zombies Can’t Swim and Other Tales of the Undead, but these are only suitable for young adult and adult readers. You can find details of these, and other books by Colin M. Drysdale, by clicking here (UK parents) or here (USA parents).
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