You guys, Count on Me by Miguel Tanco was so damn cute. I don’t even know where to begin with how much I adored this book, but ultimately it comes down to two things. The first is how it portrays the main character’s love of math, a slightly unconventional passion for most children. The second is the inclusion of diversity. I always love seeing characters who offer those who have rarely seen themselves in media the opportunity to do so. And honestly, I cannot wait for Count on Me to find its way to a great many shelves for all the girls who love math and for all the girls who will be able to see themselves in this character. Something else that I really appreciated about this book is the fact that the family is interracial, portrayed with a white father and a POC mother. Though the roles are switched as far as matching goes, one of the things I was really excited about was the fact that this character would be perfect for my other niece, whose mother is my sister.
Count on Me follows our main character as she goes about the world trying to find her passion. Her father is an artist, her brother a musician, and her mom a scientist. Though she tries out these passions, and others, the young girl in this story turns to math above all else. I was thrilled to see all the ways in which math was integrated into the story, especially as the main character introduces readers to them. A part of me does wish that the author had included more information as to how math can relate to the other passions that the young girl tries–I know for a fact that there’s a lot of math in science–as it really would have added to the story.
The artwork was absolutely gorgeous, which I think you can tell just by looking at the cover there. You can really feel a strong connection to the characters and one of the best pieces was the illustrated notebook explaining all of the math pieces that the author touches on in the book. It’s presented as the young girl’s notebook and does an amazing job illustrating how the math works. While I don’t picture children being exceedingly interested in this portion of the book, I do think it’s a wonderful inclusion and the kids who are interested in math will definitely find it exciting.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.