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I wanted to recommend The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. This is a fabulous book, and an educational computer game has just been released based on it. Here is a description from amazon:

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Young Robert's dreams have taken a decided turn for the weird. Instead of falling down holes and such, he's visiting a bizarre magical land of number tricks with the number devil as his host. Starting at one and adding zero and all the rest of the numbers, Robert and the number devil use giant furry calculators, piles of coconuts, and endlessly scrolling paper to introduce basic concepts of numeracy, from interesting number sequences to exponents to matrices. Author Hans Magnus Enzensberger's dry humor and sense of wonder will keep you and your kids entranced while you learn (shhh!) mathematical principles. Who could resist the little red guy who calls prime numbers "prima donnas," irrational numbers "unreasonable," and roots "rutabagas"? Not that the number devil is without his devilish qualities. He loses his temper when Robert looks for the easy way out of a number puzzle or dismisses math as boring and useless. "What do you expect?" he asks. "I'm the number devil, not Santa Claus." (Ages 10 to adult) --Therese Littleton
I bought the book for my DC last fall and just got the game. Both are amazing!
 

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We've owned and greatly enjoying this book for the past five years. I knew there was a computer CD-ROM out, but I hadn't heard from anyone who had actually used it. Glad to hear it's worthwhile. Thanks for posting.

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It says ages 10 and up, be we all know that kids develop at different ages.

My ds is 6 and is really into math and its concepts right now. Is this worth getting for him now??? A read for him(about grade 2 level) or for me to him???
 
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