Math lover or not, readers should succumb to the charms of this highly entertaining biography of medieval mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci. Book Review: Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci. Joseph D’Agnese’s Blockhead is well worth reading, even if you don’t like math. By Shala. Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci. Buon giorno! I bid you welcome! Register or simply click to enter. — Leonardo Fibonacci. “ charming and accessible ”.

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Have students try to do a simple math problem using Roman numerals, then do the same problem with Fkbonacci numerals. Even though I knew it was a long shot, I was disappointed when I didn’t win.

Fibonacci, the man modern mathematicians regard as the greatest Western math mind of the Middle Ages, was called “Blockhead” and “Idiot” throughout his life. The math concepts are clearly presented and the illustrations really contribute to the fun of the book.

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Although I had heard of the Fibonacci sequence, I never truly examined how ubiquitous the numbers are and how elegently they are displayed throughout nature. Students could try to solv I thought this was a really fun story of Fibonacci’s love of numbers and his discovery of the Fibonacci sequence.

I liked the author’s note at the end as well as the fun activities to help kids further understand the importance of the Fibonacci sequence. But the section on the Fibonacci spiral pages is not drawn to scale nor is it labeled, which makes it a bit difficult for readers to understand the concept. One was about a pair of rabbits.

Blockhead – The Life of Fibonacci

His nickname was Bigollo, which is loosely translated to mean, Blockhead. The story highlighted Fibonacci’s bloxkhead with numbers, his work with Hindu numerals, and the Fibonacci numbers.

The idea of using your talents and passions wherever you are—as Leonardo does in his work for his father—is a valuable lesson on its own.


He wanted Leonardo to become a merchant, and took him to northern Africa to learn the business. Although little is known of Fibonacci’s life, he was apparently called something similar to “blockhead,” due to his being a bit of a dreamer and wanderer, and this blockbead shows how a young boy follows his passion for numbers all the way into the math history books. And you, Master Leonardo, what makes you happiest? Numbers, patterns and spirals.

Blcokhead gorgeous swirls and patterns in the illustrations, the inspiring tale, the math lesson and the subtle, but clever humor combine to make a wonderful story. Dec 03, Becky rated it really liked it. Aug 12, Kay Mcgriff rated it really liked it.

A charming introduction to this mathematical genius–complete with Fibonacci sequences to find on every page. He invites readers to look again through his story and find the places where his Fibonacci sequence appears. When Leonardo grew up and traveled the world, he was inspired by the numbers used in different countries.

The author’s note explains that most historians believe that while he did discover the sequence, he did not recognize its importance. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the story of a long-dead mathematician, of whom very little is actually known, being told in the first person oife with some vernacular such as “yuck! It can be used over and over again on so many diffrent levels. I bloc,head D’Agnese does an excellent job of showing children that the natural world is full of numbers.

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I think, perhaps, too much of this story blocjhead made up for it to be truly a biography. To view it, click here. Often ridiculed for his obsession with numbers Leonardo is taken to Northern Africa where he learns even more about numbers. I could also see this book being part of a second or third grade class library, to appeal to blockehad children who might be struggling to read, but who love math.

And it shows how Fiblnacci Pisano Bogollo more famously known as Fibonacci found success and is considered by some to be “the most talented western mathematician of the Middle Ages. By the way, this book won the Mathical Honor Book. The author lofe to take some liberties with facts since so little is known about him. In each Leonardo learned new mathematics concepts. I appreciated some of the simple observations readers are encouraged to make, such as viewing a cut apple or lemon, looking at the number of petals on flowers, etc.


Fibonacci worked hard to introduce the Hindu-Arabic numerals to the world. For all his work, Leonardo Fibonacci is best known for the ljfe pattern in his famous rabbit problem. I solved it in two seconds. Oct 04, Stephanie Watson rated it liked it.

That arrangement of numbers is known as the Fibonacci Sequence. This same sequence that we know now describes how living things prosper, such as flowers and mollusks. Follow Me on Pinterest Literature for Kids. Attention math teachers- better get bloc,head and vlockhead up some lesson plans, aided by some suggestions for activities in the back! Aug 01, Nancy Votteler rated it really liked it.

There are also lots of ways to split a rectangle that can result in a spiral in a similar manner, so that line of the book felt odd. To celebrate, learn more about this sequence and then observe patterns in nature. Using anecdotes such as the birds in the trees and the rabbit riddle, he invites readers to think like Fibonacci, leading to a better understanding and enjoyment of his life story and the mathematical concept. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Rich in history and information.