Read The Math Curse either as a read aloud, in pairs, or small groups using multiple copies of the text. Notice Lane Smith’s unique illustration style. He uses line and shape to convey his silly humor and also to compliment the mood set by the text via facial expressions. How do his color choices change over the course of the book to reflect changes in the math mood? How does Smith use other materials (dollar bills, stamped numerals, and numbers, letters, and figures cut from print sources) to add to his illustrations? How do the arrangements of figures and shapes convey mood?