“Math & Magic in Wonderland,” by Lilac Mohr

I recently had the chance to read Math & Magic in Wonderland, by Lilac Mohr. This fiction book was published on May 19, 2016, by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

About this book (from the back cover):

Galileo, Newton, Descartes, and Pascal too,
All followed rabbit trails that led to something new.

Lulu and Elizabeth are two girls who love to play with numbers, words, and (on occasion) toy swords. Join them on a grand adventure, where classic math and logic riddles lead the way through a world inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poetry.

Filled with engaging puzzles, tidbits about famous mathematicians, and a dash of humor, this interactive book is sure to inspire adults and children, alike, to follow their own rabbit trails into the magical world of mathematics.

Final Verdict:

Math &  Magic in Wonderland is part story, part puzzle book, and it’s so much fun! This story features a set of twins, Lulu and Elizabeth, who are bright and funny. In addition to math and logic puzzles, the book is full of literary and historical references. As Lulu and Elizabeth go along their journey, they encounter problems they must solve in order to continue on their quest to find and assist the elusive Mrs. Magpie. The reader is invited to play along, and an optional point value is given to each problem. Once the problem is solved, the reader is given other varieties of the same problem to try out for fun, and there are some interesting tidbits about famous situations when that kind of problem was used, and histories about the mathematicians and scientists who invented or used that specific kind of problem. Parents and kids will learn so much by reading this book, and will enjoy themselves the whole time!

Additional note: It’s mentioned in passing that the main characters are homeschoolers. Since we homeschool our own children, I’m always looking for books that feature homeschoolers as characters, and there aren’t that many. I am so glad to add this book to my list!

If you’d like to join in, there’s a virtual book club for Math & Magic in Wonderland here. Among other things, there’s an adorable video of the author’s daughter singing a song to help memorize the first 30 digits of Pi.

About the Author:

Lilac Mohr is a software engineer, homeschooling mother of four, blogger, and entrepreneur. In 2012, she left her fourteen-year career in the high tech industry to home educate her children and create products that develop problem-solving skills. Lilac holds a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems and an M.S. degree in Statistics. To learn more about Mohr, visit her Facebook page here.

 If you’d like to check out Math & Magic in Wonderland it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $20.00.) If you prefer a paperback copy, it’s currently on sale for $16.14. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.
The featured product for this review was provided to me at no cost by the author. All opinions expressed are my own. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you). 

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