You Can Count on Monsters Proclaimed a Self-Learning Tool That Makes Math Fun

Book Becomes Sensation after NPR Weekend Edition Feature

Mar 21, 2011, 09:20 ET from CRC Press

BOCA RATON, Fla., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- You Can Count on Monsters, a creatively educational children's book that illustrates prime and composite numbers through colorful monsters-themed geometrical designs, has earned international acclaim and stellar sales since its January debut on NPR's Weekend Edition.

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Parents in the know have been clamoring for the book, which immediately sold out after the NPR interview (NPR interview audio) and is now in its second printing, to teach their children to understand the building blocks of numbers and how to multiply and factor numbers 1-100.

You Can Count on Monsters dedicates a double page to each number 1-100. On the left appears the number and a configuration of said number of dots clustered into spirals or an interesting design. On the right is a whimsical, geometric shaped monster. Prime numbers are individual monsters that illustrate their number through the proper amount of legs, eyes, angles, etc. Composite numbers are a creative compilation of the prime numbers that compose it – so the 70-monster, for example, incorporates the monsters for primes 2, 5 and 7.

The book is written and illustrated by Brown University math professor Richard Evan Schwartz. The first incarnation of the book was a hand-drawn, sketch-book given to his daughter as a fifth birthday gift to teach her prime numbers. Since then the friendly monsters have developed into illustrated posters, magnets and finally, the You Can Count on Monsters book.

"I was completely amazed to see the book shoot to number one on Amazon within just hours after the NPR special," said Schwartz. "I find it exciting and fulfilling to know that thousands of children are learning math from You Can Count on Monsters in a friendly way."

The book, published by CRC Press, is featured at, and other major bookstores.

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