The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math: 24 Death-Defying Challenges for Young Mathematicians (Irresponsible Science)

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 5 - 10n/an/an/a
Math rocks! At least it does in the gifted hands of Sean Connolly, who blends middle school math with fantasy to create an exciting adventure in problem-solving. These word problems are perilous, do-or-die scenarios of blood-sucking vampires (How many months would it take a single vampire to completely take over a town of 500,000 people?), or a rowboat of 5 shipwrecked sailors with a single barrel of freshwater (How much can they drink, and for how long, before they go mad from thirst???). Each problem requires readers to dig deep into the tools they’re learning in school to figure out how to survive.

Kids will love solving these problems. Sean Connolly knows how to make tough subjects exciting and he brings that same intuitive understanding of what inspires and challenges kids’ curiosity to the 24 problems in The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math. These problems are as fun to read as they are challenging to solve. They test readers on fractions, algebra, geometry, probability, expressions and equations, and more.

Use geometry to fill in for the ship’s navigator and make it safely to the New World. Escape an evil Duke’s executioner by picking the right door—probability will save your neck.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on March 14, 2012 by Workman Publishing Company
ISBN-10: 0761163743
ISBN-13: 9780761163749
8 Book Reviews
  • littlegiant
    littlegiantabout 1 year55 stars
    when I first met this book, I know it's my destniny to read this book, as a math nerd, it's pretty hard to find a math book that will be a challenge for me. but this one 100 percent is, I spent hours trying to complete the whole book and believe me, after you completed that book, all the thinking is worth it.
    • campbellcreekside
      campbellcreeksideover 7 years55 stars
      You may be thinking to yourself, "Really, a math book?!" But it's more than just a math book. There are stories that could kill you but you have to use math to see if you'll survive or die. It is much better than a normal math book but it still teaches you a lot. Hope you're not afraid of rats. There are a few in the book.
      • ikyra_marie
        ikyra_marieover 7 years
        Im in Geometry, but I still hate math too
        • gap430
          gap430over 7 years
          I am pretty good at math, but I'm pretty sure this is gonna make me start crying
          • Mrs. Andersonover 7 years
            This sounds like something I would love!
            • gap430
              gap430over 7 years
              Really? I hate math
            • mrsausmus
              Teresa Ausmusover 7 years
              Sounds awesome!
              • mintshine
                mintshineabout 8 years55 stars
                I read this book because I love math . the author gives math problems literally and you have to try and solve them. it really is very fun.