ABOUT THE BOOKParvathy loves her mother, she listens to her grandfather, she likes going to school, she does everything right…except her maths homework. Then she meets Kutti, her neighbour’s dog, who inadvertently becomes her biggest support. Parvathy learns that the best teachers sometimes don’t need to say a single word.
- This book was a surprise! One had expected it to be a fantasy, with a talking dog (or at least a dog like Lucky of Mr Galliano’s Circus, who could do simple arithmetic!), but instead it is a story of a determined little girl who faces her biggest weakness and works to overcome it.
- This heart-warming story of friendship and battling the odds (and maths) is an easy read. It helps young readers gain confidence about the fact that problems big and small can be resolved if one puts their mind to it.
- Tanvi Bhat’s charming illustrations accompany the text and add colour and chutzpah to the story. One wishes there were more pictures, though.
- The idea behind the story, of Parvathy’s struggle with maths and how she overcomes it, is wonderful, but the execution is a bit uneven. (The grandfather is a truly ghastly creature, constantly shaming Parvathy, calling her “duffer” and “stupid”. One had hoped he would get his comeuppance, but it wasn’t to be.)
- The writing is jerky in places. It is unclear why Parvathy is learning multiplication tables in the beginning, but struggles with simple addition and subtraction later.