Children’s Book Review: Thatha at School by Richa Jha and Gautam Benegal



TITLE:Thatha at School
AUTHOR: Richa Jha
ILLUSTRATOR: Gautam Benegal
PUBLISHER: Pickle Yolk Books
ISBN: 978-9351269403


It is Grandparents Day at school. Everyone in grade 2A, except Oviyam, is excited. She doesn’t want her dhoti-wearing Thatha (grandpa) accompanying her to school; her friends will laugh at him, for sure. After all, the traditional dhotis don’t look as smart as pants do, do they? Oviyam must find a way to prevent Thatha from going to school. Read this funny endearing story of Oviyam’s embarrassment, her insecurities, and her finally dispelling the demons in her mind.


Oviyam’s dilemma at having Thatha over at school on Grandparent’s Day, is described beautifully. Apprehension, anger and finally pride, emotions in stark contrast to each other, are described beautifully literally taking readers on a tour of the little one’s mind and help them live her dilemma.

The illustrations though simple convey the story in subtle shades, giving the little minds enough food for thought, food to help them yarn a story of their own too.

The book is not only entertaining but inspiring too.


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About Geeta Nair

Born in Independent India to two really wonderful people who cherished and nourished me with great care, I consider myself lucky to have had the best that life could offer me. Lucky to have had the best education , the best sibling, the best husband, the best daughter,the best of everything that I could ever want, Love to live life on my terms .

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