Published by Viking Books for Children
Summary: When an unnamed narrator declares their dislike of math, a purple three-eyed alien tries to show how interesting and useful it is. “I know I’m not alone here. 4 in 10 Americans hate math,” claims the narrator. Alien: “Did you just use math to explain how much you don’t like it?” It then goes on to show how math is used for things the narrator finds enjoyable, like baking cookies or making music. Math is a universal language and gives us a set of rules for measuring, traveling, and using money. When the kid realizes they already love math, the alien’s job is done, and he returns home…to Planet Homework. 40 pages; grades 1-3
Pros: A fun way to introduce the different ways math is used in everyday life. It could serve as a springboard to get kids thinking about other areas where they use math.
Cons: Those who truly struggle with math are not likely to be convinced by the arguments put forth here.