an_Assyrian, November 16, 2006 (view all comments by an_Assyrian)
After receiving a recommendation from a trusted Powell's employee, I purchased this math, art, mystery, and adventure book for my 8-year-old daughter who enjoyed it very much. Since we visit Powell's bookstore, museums, and caf?s located within the University of Chicago campus, this unique book complete with a university setting and sweet characters, made for a delightful reading. Father and daughter's next adventure book from this (hopefully!) series, "The Wright 3".
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Mimi, October 15, 2006 (view all comments by Mimi)
Mysteries worth reading are hard to find. This one mixes math (pentaminoes-figures made of 5 touching squares), art, and mystery. My students love it. It leaves you with the sense that art is valuable and important in people's lives. True to the mystery genre, there are red herrings, 2 sleuths, and deductions to be made. Appropriate for 5th graders for sure.
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Yascas, August 15, 2006 (view all comments by Yascas)
As are so many things in life, this book is a mystery.
With nothing but an imagination and a set of pentominoes (mathematical tools) the reader is led into a braintwisting maze to uncover the marushka doll-like layers of serets that lay hidden within this story.
The preface to the book states, "Don't be fooled by ideas that seem, at first, to fit easily. Don't be fooled by ideas that don't seem to fit at all. Pentominoes, like people can surprise you." So will this book.
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