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Kiss My Math - Review by Emma, Teen Blogger


Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-algebra Who’s Boss by Danica McKellar isn’t a typical math book. It's a book about how math is everywhere around you. But instead of explaining the world through math, it explains math through the world.
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I love this book because I sometimes struggle in math class. I take one look at the numbers swirling in front of me, and my brain defaults to “panic.” One way to help this is to talk to my teacher or my parents. But another solution is to turn to Kiss My Math, because this book is full of little tips and tricks that make math more relatable to me and less frightening.

I found the way Danica describes math makes me happier to be doing it. Having cool new strategies to try out makes me excited and much more relaxed. My favourite part of the whole book is the chapter where Danica explains integers as “mint-egers,” explaining that “I’m sorry, but ‘integer’ has got to be the most boring, sterile word I’ve ever heard […] Well, I propose something different […] Instead, we’re going to talk about ‘MINT-egers.’” Danica describes negative integers as gross-tasting mints, and positive integers as tasty mints. She then explains what happens when you combine different numbers and kinds of “mints.”

The book is mostly geared towards young teen girls, and there are lots of fun activities included with the math. The book is made to look a bit like a magazine, with a colourful cover, quirky drawings and crazy fonts. But the math is still challenging--it’s just explained in a way that makes it fun. I loved Kiss My Math so much, I even asked my math teacher (who is really cool, by the way) to read it, and she liked it!

Danica McKellar also has several other books. Kiss My Math deals with pre-algebra, but Danica’s other books deal with different kinds of math. Her other books are: Hot-X: Algebra Exposed, Math Doesn’t Suck and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape. You can find any or all of these books at your local library branch or through the online catalogue. If you decide to try Danica’s books, then I hope you enjoy them and find them as helpful as I did. Danica’s official website, with step-by-step solutions, can be found at kissmymath.com.

Teen Blogger,

Emma

 

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