Max’s Math By Kate Banks




untitledMax’s Math is another wonderful book that allows for, and prompts, a great deal of learning beyond the pages.


Max loves problem solving! He is always on the lookout for problems and he loves being able to find the solution. His car has two wheels and he knows 2 + 2 = 4, so he knows he needs to find 2 more wheels.

Max and his brothers Ben and Karl, take off in search of more problems to solve. They find numbers that need identifying and counting, shapes that need to be rearranged and digits that need to be reassured of their place in this world.

After a full day out and about, problem solving, Max, Ben and Karl finally make it back home and drift off to sleep, whilst counting sheep.

Why I love it:

At The Sunshine Collective, we are great believers in the need for children to see the real-life application of what they are learning in the classroom.

Maths is everywhere in our lives and the more confident our children can be with maths, the more independent they can be in life. Max’s Math highlights the everyday elements of maths.

This book is aimed at 4-6 year olds, but older children could get something out of it, too.

Max’s Math could be used in the classroom as an introduction to shape, specifically tangrams, or to work with basic number and counting, word problems or place value.

I particularly like the page that discusses the importance of the ‘0’ – it is not nothing!

Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:

  • Maths in the real world
  • Number
  • Shape
  • Counting
  • Place value
  • Problem solving
  • Having fun with maths

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • How many different numbers can you see on the front cover? Can you count them all or are there too many?!
  • Do the boys in the car look as though they are having a good time or a terrible time?
  • Which child, pictured on the cover, do you think is Max? Why do you think this?
  • What do you think this book is going to try to tell you?
  • Other than numbers, what other types of maths can you see on the cover?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this book? Why/Why not?
  • What was your favourite page? Why?
  • Do you think maths can be/is fun? Why/Why not?
  • Do you think maths is important? Why/Why not?
  • Max’s Math showed us a few ways maths comes up in everyday life; can you think of any other ways we use maths everyday?
  • Can you list 3 places you see numbers?
  • If you were asked to write a book about another adventure for Max, Ben and Karl, what would you write about?

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