Shelved: The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger


*Note: Shelved is a new feature post for unfinished books that will be shorter than the regular review posts and cover a brief overview and reason for why I stopped reading it.

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger is a children’s book that teaches math concepts and theory through a quirky story of dreams with the number devil. Each night, Robert falls asleep and dreams of a different locations where he meets the number devil who (somewhat meanly being a devil and all) teaches him about math. Having only read a couple of chapters, the first few are mainly about places, Roman numerals, zero, and fractions. The book itself looks like a novel but the font is large, has a good amount of spacing on the page, and has frequent illustrations. However, really young kids probably won’t understand the math concepts and perhaps the story.

Read 56 pages (21%–Goodreads) before shelving it.

Reason: Due back to the library with no renewals left–someone else must have required it.

Finish it in the future?: Not likely. For me, it was okay but didn’t grab my interest even though it’s wildly popular in Europe.


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