Monday, April 23, 2012

Giveaway: The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math

Math is so important in life yet so often is associated with drudgery and boring equations.  As someone who has struggled with math her whole life, I know firsthand what it is like to need to practice it and how important it is for math to seem fun.  Plus, we usually do giveaways that tend to be geared towards younger kids.  AND on top of all of that we are in the midst of the NC Science Festival and this author is here, in town, tonight and tomorrow!  All of these things combine to make me so pleased to announce a totally spectacular giveaway today: The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math.

This book, by author Sean Connolly, shows that math can be fun with problems such as: "How many months would it take a single vampire to completely take over a town of 500,000 people?" and "How long can a barrel of fresh water last before 5 shipwrecked soldiers go mad from thirst?"  Sean Connolly sets out to prove you don't need to be a genius to use fractions, algebra, geometry and equations -- AND that you can actually have fun doing it. There are also 24 hands-on activities that bring math to life in the book.

The math is middle school level.  So not only is it great if you are one of our readers who has kids that age but if not your children can  "grow in" to this book.  And heck, I might need one for myself just to practice my own skills.

Plus, like I said, Sean Connolly is in town tonight and tomorrow night.  You can find him here:

Monday, April 23  7:00 - 9:00 pm
Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill

Tuesday, April 24  4:30 - 6:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh

(Sean will give a demonstrations, lead a Q&A, and sign books for The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math.)

If you just can't make it to these events, though, or simply would rather try to snag a free copy if you can (hey, we don't blame you, parenting is expensive) we're gonna give one away! (U.S. only, please.)

All you have to do to enter is post a comment telling us your favorite subject in school.  Or, alternatively, you can tell us what you loved or hated about math.  Either writing prompt is appropriate for this class assignment.

You won't get this book in time for it to be signed at these events, so we'll give you all until Sunday night, April 29th, to enter.


At April 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM , Anonymous Tanja Bauer said...

My favorite subject was PE. Still to this day I love to run and be active. I always had trouble sitting still and this was finally a place where I could run and climb without getting in trouble.

At April 24, 2012 at 2:19 PM , Blogger Sallie said...

I loved math. This seems like such an awesome book.

At April 24, 2012 at 8:48 PM , Blogger Julie said...

English, although I would love to have this to help show my 4th grader that math can be fun!

At April 25, 2012 at 9:45 PM , Anonymous Signe Clayton said...

My favorite subject in school was probably English, but my husband is a math teacher and he has such a passion for math, it's slowly rubbing off on me. He currently works with some pretty tough kids at an alternative school and they are really hard to get interested in learning, so I would love to get this book for him. It seems like it would have some great inspiration!

At April 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM , Blogger Chrissy M. said...

My favorite subject was math. It was always hard for me but I liked that there was always a definite answer to the problems unlike some other subjects:-)


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