Number Devil Creations

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure

by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Rotraut Susanne Berner (Illustrator), Michael Henry Heim (Translator)

As a follow up to the class novel study on  The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure each student created a book demonstrating the mathematics that they found in each of the nights (chapters).  Some of the mathematics was quite complex, but students did well working in groups at discovering the math behind each concept.  They demonstrated this novel by doing a picture book for each night.  Their creations were laminated and bound yielding a memoir of the mathematics found in their novel experience.

Some of the math concepts that students are introduced to in this novel include negative numbers, power of numbers, imaginary numbers, irrational numbers, composite and prime numbers, natural numbers, square roots, triangular numbers, Fibonacci numbers(sequence), Pascal’s triangle, permutations, factorials, and combinations. 

Sample pages for each of the chapters are below:

Title Page


First Night


Second Night


Third Night

Fourth Night


Fifth Night


Sixth Night

Seventh Night


Eighth Night


Nineth Night


Tenth Night


Eleventh Night


Twelveth Night


Overall I found this novel to be very successful!  Students were very involved while working through the chapters and this literature tie-in was well received. 

Some follow up links I came across on this novel are listed below:


Novel Study Link:

Teacher Designed Questions:

Personal Reflections on The Number Devil-Math Horizons- This article is a reflection by Angie Thuy-Anh Mai and contains some interesting connections between the names in the novel and real -life mathematicians along with vocabulary analysis and dream analysis.


Copyright for students’ work remains with the authors.


About musingsofamathteacher

I am presently employed at New Sarepta Elementary School as a grade five teacher. During my career I have taught Grades 12 - 2. The past three years I was fortunate to work part-time as Math Lead for my school district, Black Gold Regional Schools, and have just recently accepted a part-time secondment with Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. I have always had a passion for mathematics and am excited about implementing Alberta's "new" mathematics curriculum.
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One Response to Number Devil Creations

  1. I enjoyed reading this blog post about the book, The Number Devil. I especially like how creative the students were in this activity. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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