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Book Review: Twice Upon A Time by Payal Kapadia

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Reading level: 9+ years
Formats: Paperback / Kindle Edition
Publisher: Puffin
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0143333321
ISBN-13: 978-0143333326
ASIN: B07MF18MFT

Bestselling school adventure series Horrid High, author Payal Kapadia is once again seen doing what she best at i.e. churning out a bestseller. In ‘Twice Upon A Time’ the 2013 Crossword Book Award winning author for Children’s Writing brings together two children opposite in nature, outlook and social standing to take the readers on a hilarious yet eye opening ride, a ride packed with witty moments and lots of action too. Myths are busted; faces revealed and the so-called upper class snobs stands exposed. Lessons are also learnt.

Princess Keya of Pompuspur ( ‘Pom-puhs-poor’) true to the qualities of a real princess , is lady-like that’s till the bug called ‘tween’ strikes her, and then all hell breaks loose. The entire Surya Mahal shivers, King Ferrlip becomes jittery till the final blow knocks him off. Princess Keya fed up with the pretensions expected of her, decides to quit. But is it that easy? ……Enter Nyla a tomboy, a willing replacement for Keya. But the T&C attached to the task is not that easy. Princess Keya sets out to train and tame Nyla. That’s when all the action begins. The girls discover their inner strengths and learn to overcome their weaknesses. Actions and dramas aplenty follow, and finally after exercising the reader’s cheek bones the final moment descends, a moment of suspense. What happens?……Well, I’ll leave it to you the reader to discover the climax. 🙂

A thorough entertainer, ‘Twice Upon A Time’ scores a perfect five on the characterization front. The characters each one of them be it the insignificant ones like royal window-boy an Lady La-Di-Dah of the Society of Snobs or the central ones like Princess Keya and Nyla are so well- etched out that you can’t help but visualize them, and this is what exactly works for the story. Along with adding life to the scenes they invite the reader to get fully involved in the story.

Dotted with some truly wonderful illustrations by Sandhya Prabhat, ‘Twice Upon A Time’ is a reflection on that phase called childhood, a phase replete with innocence, tantrums and mischief.

VERDICT

An engaging one, there’s no doubt that ‘Twice Upon A Time’ is sure to regale young readers. However it is to be noted that the book has the potential to tickle the child in an adult too. It reminds one that the child in an adult can never die; at the most it’s there somewhere deep in sleep like the dragon in the story, waiting to be drawn out. Tickle it, draw it out from the deep slumber it’s in, and see the magical effect it has on your attitude, your demeanor.


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Disclaimer

A copy of the book was provided via Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are my own and have not been influenced by either the author or the publishing house in any manner

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Book Review: The Adventures of Biplob The BumbleBee (Vol. 1) by Abhishek Talwar

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Author: Abhishek Talwar
Illustrator: Sonal Goyal

Reading level: 6+ years
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Puffin (28 February 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0143446991
ISBN-13: 978-0143446996
 
 

An eye- catching cover design supported by amazing content, ‘The Adventures of Biplob The Bumblebee’ takes us not only on a tour of Farmer Balram’s colorful garden but also imparts some serious lessons in an interesting manner. While ‘Flying Pollen’ aims at introducing the little one to the process of pollination, ‘Biplob the Water Farmer’ introduces them to the importance of water conservation and its means by way of water harvesting. ‘Biplob Saves The Day’ addresses every horticulturists concern the aphid attack on young plants and ways and means of thwarting the same.

Narrated in an engaging manner, the stories are not only educative but entertaining too and are conceptualized to prod the little ones to think, explore and to some extent even be creative. Replete with positive emotions like empathy, care, love and helping mentality, the book takes care of the development of the moral side of a child’s character too.

The illustrations are not only colourful and eye catching, but help take the story forward thereby adding value to the contents. The finesse with which they are done needs special mention.

Overall a truly amazing book, ‘The Adventures of Biplob The BumbleBee’ has the power to transport both young and old alike to another world, a world truly vibrant, the world of bees and flowers. Though amazon site mentions the reading level as 6+, I personally feel that children even younger to the said age group can be introduced to the stories in the book. Yes, they may not be able to read it on their own, but they are sure to appreciate it. Waiting eagerly for the next in the series.


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Book Review – Fun with Maths by Sonia Mehta

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The brain child of one who loves sparking off the creative side of the little ones, ‘Fun with Maths’ is a set of six brilliantly conceptualized books, each packed with puzzles, fun activities, games and mazes. These books target the 7+ age group.

Mathematics as we all know can be interesting and invigorating if taught well, but…. if the it’s dished out half-halfheartedly or without being creative, it tends to be boring and at times may even make the little mind want to distance itself from its ‘drudgery’. So what does ‘Fun with Maths’ hold for the inquisitive one? Does it make the subject interesting? Well here is what I felt about the series :
 

Math ‘O’Art

Draw, solve and colour is the theme of this book, that aims at tickling the creative side of the little ones, and help them nurture their inquisitiveness by looking around and finding answers to things they may have overlooked all along, like the size of their shoes. The fun activities packed within the pages are set to test their numerical ability, and prod them to search for hidden messages as well as images. Here mathematics paves the way for art, and art leads to answers.

The pages a riot of colours, shapes and pictures, is sure to interest not only the young mind, but also the teacher within every adult who happens to lay his / her hands on it. It’s sure to up the interest of the ones who are prone to shy away from the world of numbers and bind them in its (world of mathematics) charm.
 

Math ‘a’ Doku

The book is packed with unique and challenging sudoku puzzles that are ready to tickle the brain cells, and help them climb out of their slumber. Aimed at making young minds apply logical reasoning skills, Math ‘a’ Doku has a variety of Sudoku puzzles that range from the regular number ones to picture ones, simple to complex. The picture Sudoku puzzles have at their core letters, shapes, colours and themes. Now isn’t that interesting?

Here children are allowed to splash in colours, make music, explore directions other than the four known ones, etc,. etc,…..

The book truly has a way to testing a child’s cognitive ability in an easy and fun way.

Math ‘o’ Logic

The world of shapes is incredible, and Math ‘o’ Logic draws the one taking up the activities packed within its pages, into a world replete with some amazing activities and insights. Shapes, pictures and mind benders challenge the logical self, and fun tangram shapes hiding within themselves a host of possibilities, add a twist to riddle the one ready to take up the challenge. Truly invigorating, Math ‘o’ Logic is sure to spice up one’s mathematical skills.
 

Math ‘a’ Maze

True to its name and tagline- ‘Solve the sums, and the path you’ll know. Build your maths skills as you go!’- Math ‘a’ Maze is replete with mazes of different shapes, sizes, colours and themes. Apart from prodding the young mind to search for a solution out of the maze, it also helps them recognize differences, match similarities, understand odd and even numbers, hone up their addition and subtracting skills, follow suggested definite patterns and much more. The maze make complex mathematical principles look easy and fun. Colourful pages add to the charm and magic of this book.
 

Math ‘o’ Play

Replete with fun maths games, Math ‘o’ Fun aims at making children understand the basic concepts of maths through games. For the game (study) to begin, the players need to keep some things ready like a pair of dice, pack of cards, beads, dominoes tiles and of course some paper and pencils. Unique and creative it not only keeps the players engaged, but also tickles their brain cells and challenges them to play with speed and precision in order to win. Here apart from addition and subtraction, one needs to be ready to face multiplication and division challenges too as well as prepare histograms and graphs. But…… rest assured they will not leave the young one trembling. Instead, they will help them build up their confidence.

Math ‘a’ Stick

‘Mix them up, move them around, make your maths skill really sound.’ So what is it that you need to mix and move around? Just as the name suggests, this book offers some interesting activities that are to be played with matchsticks, ice-cream sticks and toothpicks. Wow! Now isn’t that amazing? Maths concepts are made easy and relatable in a fun way.

The activities in Math ‘a’ Stick challenge the young mind to shift sticks to make various shapes, create designs, transform shapes, fill in blanks, measure perimeter of various shapes, etc., etc., In short the book is fun unlimited.
 

VERDICT

‘Fun with Maths’ series, lives up to its name. Apart from helping young minds to explore basic concepts of maths, the book also ensures enough entertainment to keep them engaged and thinking. While hints help them through, the colours and concepts keep them glued. The Math-o-Bot Challenge that pops up time and again in each book adds flavor (excitement) to the game that is undertaken via the activities in the book. They are like the ‘Queen’ in the game of Carrom. You win it and you can’t help but jump up in joy.


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THE AUTHOR

SONIA MEHTA

Sonia Mehta is a children’s writer who believes that sparking off a child’s imagination opens up a world of adventure. She has been writing for children for over two decades. Her body of work is wide-ranging-she created one of India’s first dedicated children’s newspaper sections; conceptualized the Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest for TV; and has written books, songs, poems and stories for leading publishers in India, several African nations, the USA and the UK.

She lives in Mumbai and runs Quadrum Solutions, a content company she co-founded. She is also the co-founder of PodSquad, a retail children’s edutainment brand that firmly believes that children learn best when they are having fun.

Most days, Sonia can be found pounding away at her computer-when she is not playing with her dachshunds, the two little loves of her life.

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Disclaimer

The entire series was provided via Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own and have not been influenced by either the author or the publishing house in any manner

Book Review: The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm

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The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm
Tales from Alagaësia : Volume 1 – ERAGON
By
Christopher Paolini

Reading level: 10 – 16 years
Available Formats: Kindle/Audiobook/Hardcover/Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0241392365
ISBN-13: 978-0241392362

 
 

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A wanderer and a cursed child.
Spells and magic.
And dragons, of course.

Welcome back to the world of Alagaësia.

It’s been a year since Eragon departed Alagaësia in search of the perfect home
to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now he is struggling with an endless
sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding
dragon eggs and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves. Then a vision
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the Eldunarí, unexpected visitors and an exciting Urgal legend offer a
much-needed distraction and a new perspective.

This volume features three original stories set in Alagaësia, interspersed with
scenes from Eragon’s own unfolding adventure. Included is an excerpt from the
memoir of the unforgettable witch and fortune-teller Angela the herbalist, penned
by Angela Paolini, the inspiration for the character, herself!
Relish the incomparable imagination of Christopher Paolini in this thrilling new
collection of stories based in the world of the Inheritance Cycle.
 
 

MY TAKE

Three stories with three chapters each, The Fork, the Witch, and the worm offers lessons in warmth, strength and resilience apart from making one acutely aware of the fact that we all have limitations, but what really matters is how you look at them and try to overcome them to the best possible extent.

Eragon, the young Dragon Rider burdened with a sea of tasks that never seem to finish, finds himself in an unenviable position. Apart from setting up a new and safe haven for the Dragon Riders and dragons, it’s up to him to co-ordinate the tasks assigned to the belligerent Urgals and haughty elves apart from keeping an eye on the unhatched dragon eggs. What follows is a vision from the Eldunari, unexpected visitors in the form of Angela the witch and Elva the cursed as well as an exciting, action-packed legend from the land of Horned, the Urgals. All these offer the young Eragon a new outlook and infuse energy into his weary being. But………it is the final news that actually buoys his spirits. To know the story of The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm as well as the climax that I’ve just made a mention of, you will have to pick this one up.

High on emotions and sane advice, The Fork is the story of Murtagh and a small girl Essie. Murtagh’s encounter with his foes in the inn in a small town serves as an eye-opener not only for Esse the little one, but for Eragon too. It serves to tell them that however unsavory it may seem, sometimes one needs to stand up and fight instead of backing off and taking flight.

The Witch sees Christopher Paolini’s sister, Angela Paolini pen the story of Angela the herbalist and Elva the cursed one. Sprinkled with drops of humour at times, this one offers the reader an insight into the pain and suffering of a cursed child and her path to being healed, and in turn healing others. Here the power of love and warmth as well as the belief in one’s powers make the story special.

The Worm is the story of the fiery Worm of Kulkaras, and Ilgra the Annointed a young Urgal. Narrated by the Urgals to Eragon, this one is a story of unwavering determination and resilience along with also serving as a reminder to all that not all wars can be won, some may see you dance in glee, but some may continue to prick at the nape of your neck. However, what’s important is that you learn to accept the truth and continue to live. Sobering yet sane, the three stories conveyed to Eragon and through him to the readers, by the Eldunari, Angela the herbalist and the Urgals of Eragon’s stronghold offer vital lessons to both the young and old alike.

The style, pace, and characterization, all complement the stories while the language transports the reader right into Eragon’s new homeland and from there to the places where the three stories take place. This is the power of Christopher Paolini’s pen and words. They are strong enough to conjure up a vivid imagery of the scene of action.
 
 

VERDICT

A wonderful book that transports you to a new world, a world of fantasy, but one that is as realistic as the human one.


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Book Review: The Parrot and the Merchant

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Written by: Ali Seidabadi
Retold and Illustrated by: Marjan Vafaeian
Published by: Penguin
 

A short and lovely read, The Parrot and the Merchant is based on a fable by Rumi, a thirteenth century philosopher. An interesting and enchanting one, this fable along with exploring relationships and pain as well as reluctance to let go off something close to the heart, also looks into a crucial aspect- the right to freedom by all living beings. It also brings to the fore the fact that the wise devise ways to meet their ends and that victory is the trophy picked up by the intelligent.

Replete with beautiful illustrations that in themselves are capable of telling the story without the need for a language, ‘The Parrot and the Merchant’ is soothing to both the eyes and the soul.

VERDICT

A good book to read aloud to the little ones and perfect one to rouse interest in reading in the one ready to start reading on their own, this one will also appeal to the child in every adult.


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Book Review: KURMA: The Second Avatar (Dashavatar Book 2)

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Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1537 KB
Print Length: 34 pages
Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie published)
Language: English
ASIN: B07CLH9ZGF

 

 
 

The second in the Dashavatar series, Sundari Venkataraman’s ‘Kurma’ is a re-telling of the popular Indian mythological fiction that sees the Devas and Asuras set aside their differences , and join hands to undertake the samudra -manthan or churning of the ocean. Now what possibly could be the reason for this sudden camaraderie albeit a temporary one? The lure of attaining amarathva or immortality was possibly so strong that the Asuras were easily convinced to temporarily suspend hostilities. However what they did not foresee was that they had played into the hands of the master manipulator, Lord Vishnu himself. What follows is a tale of years of hard work in which the Lord himself participates in the form of Kurma (Tortoise) and later as Mohini.

The story is not only interesting and engaging, but also sheds light on many things that may have escaped one’s perception earlier, with regard to this incarnation of Lord Vishnu and subsequent events. While on the one hand lust paves the way for deceit and defeat, on the other hand it also shows that an alert mind can pierce the barrier of deceit and cause untold damage if needed. So in short if you can get a hold over your senses and see beyond the veil, you can overcome defeat.

The imagery conjures up the entire scene with ease, and transports the reader to the scene of action, while characterization has one wondering who is more vile – The Asuras or the Devas? At times one can’t help but sympathize with the Asuras.

The pace, the style and the wealth of information held within the pages which incidentally happens to be just 34, satiates the appetite. The Section on ‘Design Your God’ after the truly yummy fare (story of Kurma the Avatar), is a perfect dessert the taste of which lurks with you long after it is over.

So what is my takeaway from the book?

New insight into certain aspects of the story, along a few ideas for a new story for my grandson who incidentally is enamored by a visiting tortoise, and insists I tell him a story of the same each night, something different from the usual Hare and Tortoise story I have been serving him till now.
 

VERDICT

A story for the child in each, this one is truly engaging. You won’t regret picking it up.

So go ahead and read the blurb at GOODREADS


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THE AUTHOR

SUNDARI VENKATRAMAN

Follow the author, a romantic at heart, and yet a kid within (for to be able to churn out a successful story for a child, one has to be a kid within) on AMAZON and get a glimpse of her books for children.

Book Review: Magic In Mussoorie by Atul Sethi

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Author: Atul Sethi
Illustrator: Vikas Upadhyay
Reading level: 9+ years
Format: Paperback/ Kindle
Publisher: Puffin
ISBN-13: 978-0143441571

Intriguing and exciting, ‘Magic in Mussoorie’ by Atul Sethi is the first in a series of comic books set in the Garhwal Himalayas. A book for all ages, this one has the power to engage young minds with the adventure it holds within its pages and the twists and turns it promises. As for readers like me who have long crossed the threshold of childhood, it offers a trip down memory lane to a time when comic strips and comic books were the rage and one did not mind reading them on the sly even on the eve of exam days, well hidden between the pages of text books, far from the probing eyes of elders.

Beautifully illustrated, ‘Magic in Mussoorie’ takes us on a short but sweet ride across time and the place mentioned in the title, introducing us to the likes of Sir George Everest and Duleep Singh, the young Maharaja of Punjab. What begins as a state of curiosity for Nakul our protagonist and Kuku his bosom mate, suddenly turns out to be an adventure and revelation. Drawn deep into the intrigue, they encounter danger and death and also get a glimpse of the ‘Kohinoor’. What happens next?……..Let the book do the talking. 🙂

Action packed and thrilling, ‘Magic in Mussoorie’ has a climax that’s as baffling as the story and of course some hilarious moments too. While characterization and conversation complement each other; the illustrations do justice to them.

So is there something that I still yearn for after reading the book?

Well yes. I’d have loved to see a bit more interaction between Sir George Everest and the children. It would have added more clarity to the character he was.

VERDICT

An enjoyable ride, sorry read 🙂 , Magic in Mussorrie is short and engaging.


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Book Review : Of Course, It’s Butterfingers Again

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Author: Khyrunnisa A
Reading level: 9+ years
Format: Kindle & Paperback
Publisher: Puffin (26 November 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-0143443261

 
 

The sixth in the series, but the first for me, Amar Kishen a.k.a Butterfingers saw my facial muscles exercise all the way. Thanks to author Khyrunnisa, the smile that planted itself there from page 1, stayed till the very end. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at times, and found my little grandson of 2+ look at me quizzically wondering what was wrong with his grandma. 🙂

First things first, the cover itself is comical and enough to nudge the beholder prepare the self to enter a world of intrigue accompanied by laughter. Two opposite emotions, right? To know what I mean you will have to get acquainted with Butterfingers and his gang.

Mess and muddles define the protagonist of our book, who takes us down memory lane and reminds us of those umpteen times when we too as kids played pranks, faced awkward situations yet redeemed our pride via innovative ways or by pure luck, fell flat often and were the butt of ridicule, or simply enjoyed life being our natural self. Butterfingers regales us, and makes us nostalgic at the same time. The stories thirteen in all, apart from tickling the humorous side of the reader, indirectly offer an advise or two and helps look at the brighter side of things. I’m not going to reveal anything further regarding the stories, because that would take the sheen off from the enjoyment that awaits you within the pages.

Apart from the marvelous plots that are truly engaging, it is the characterization that needs special mention. The characters are well articulated, thereby making it easy for one to visualize them and step into their shoes without as much as a falter. Right from Principal Mr. Jagmohan to Amar’s father Mr. Kishen, everyone contributes to the entertainment that awaits the reader.

The illustrations by Abhijeet Kini compliment the text. They not only contribute to taking the story forward, but also make one itch to dig out those colour pencils that are hidden somewhere, and colour them or better still paint them. In short they have the power to draw out the child even in an adult. Wonder if anyone else felt that way?
 
 

Interested? Here’s the

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Bang! Thump! Crash! Who’s the wizard of the woeful, the foremost lord of the foul-up, the bumbling baron of blunders? Of course it’s Butterfingers!

Even when Amar Kishen-better known as Butterfingers-isn’t stumbling through misadventures, he sure has disaster tailing him every step of the way.

And now that he’s back, his ‘brilliant’ ideas land him in trouble (as usual), whether it’s messing around with an Egyptian mummy, dropping a watch in a swimming pool, playing cricket with an all-girls team or saving a rock star’s life.

Join the irrepressible Butterfingers in this exciting and enjoyable instalment of side-splitting short stories.
 
 


 
 

VERDICT

A book for all ages, this one will not bore you one bit. Instead it will convert you into a kid once again, will make you long for those days when rain nor sunshine, mud nor water bothered you, days when you could jump and squeal without people staring at you as though you’d just landed from another planet.


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Book Review: And The Ocean Was Our Sky

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Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Rovina Cai
Publisher: Walker Books
ISBN-13: 978-1406383560

 

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With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba’s pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself…

As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.
 
 
MY TAKE
 

Interesting and unique, this one is told from the point of view of a whale and reflects not only the animosity they have towards humans who according to them live in the abyss and are out to hunt and kill them mercilessly, but also tells how they (whales) too are drawn into that something called a prophecy. The thinker among them may deny the same as superstition, but his voice is drowned by the majority who think otherwise. Does that ring a bell? So very like human nature.

The journey deep in the ocean bed, along-with Bathsheba’s pod which incidentally is on a hunting expedition, is a psychological expedition of sorts, where we see the test of endurance battle with emotions like fear, jealousy, anger, empathy, horror and vengeance. The trail of the unknown coupled with the hunt for the same adds a touch of mystery to the story. However, it’s the preparedness of the whales that are out to hunt, that comes as a surprise. With harpoons strapped to their back and a ship in tow to collect their bounty, they swim across the vast ocean relentlessly in search of their sworn enemies, and when they encounter them they are ruthless.

Tough the beginning half of the story is a bit dry and confusing; the second half turns out to be engaging. The climax sees some action and ultimately closes with a message of sorts.

The illustrations do justice to the narrative and are in fact the highlight of the story. They make the reader’s job easier. Without them it would have been a little difficult to actually comprehend the story, especially the beginning half, and without getting a clear picture of the same it would have near impossible to appreciate the latter half.

Overall a nice read, I’ll give this one a three on a scale of five.


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Children’s Book Review: The Globetrotters

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TITLE: The Globetrotters
AUTHOR: Arefa Tehsin
ILLUSTRATOR: Nafisa Nandini Crishna
PUBLISHER: Puffin (27 June 2018)
TARGET GROUP: 9-11 years
FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0143441960

A bully needs a prey to satisfy his ego, but what happens if the bully himself falls prey to his own doings. Well, the story of Hudhud a mean and nasty little boy, imparts some truly meaningful lessons not only in terms of empathy and love, but also regarding different living forms that are very much a part of Planet Earth.

Children are prone to playing pranks. So what’s wrong with Hudhud? Harmless pranks are a big ‘no’ as far as Hudhud is concerned. The headache of his classmates, teachers and innocent creatures too, Hudhud learns some eye-opening lessons ‘the hard way’ when his strange new history teacher visits him on the night Sameer his classmate and a victim of his insensitivity, goes missing. Cursed and left alone to fend for himself Hudhud must find answers to all wrongs and for that he must roam the vast earth in the form of some of the greatest migratory beings.

Setting out as a blue whale calf separated from his mother in the deep ocean; as a trusting caterpillar who befriends a hunting spider; as a competitive caribou on a perilous trek; as an Arctic tern too scared to fly . . . But fly across the world he must, if he hopes to ever return home, Hudhud’s surreal journey takes him across the globe where he encounters some truly majestic species, comes face to face with danger and death, learns to differentiate between friend and foe and understands the meaning of empathy and love.

Interesting and engaging, The Globetrotters is a remarkable tribute to those innumerable species that inhabit the sky, land and waters of earth. What stands out as one moves from story to story in this vast amount of information that’s packed in just 197 pages which also see some wonderful illustrations put in. This speaks volumes of the author’s knowledge and language skills.

Reading the book is like going on a safari where one comes face to face with the marvels of the oceans, the desert and the poles. Each story imparts a life lesson and at the same time helps the young reader understand the characters (life form) involved in the same, their habitat, mannerisms, food habits, etc. The imagery takes us on the arduous trek/ travel undertaken by them (mainly the mighty migratory creatures) and gives us an insight into their stamina and determination.

What does the adult reader take away from the book?

The joy of reliving childhood years!

The book offers the adult reader a trip down memory lane, a revisit to those classroom sessions made enjoyable and lovely with some lively role plays, amazing textbooks and equally amazing teachers who even without the internet or all the tech- tools available today, made learning a wonderful experience. One also has the advantage of carrying away bits of information that may have not been available in those days.

The language is crisp and lucid. The illustrations compliment the content and the style of writing is amazing. Each story is testimony to the fact that the author Arefa Tehsin, is truly a globetrotter and a wonderful story-teller. ‘The Globetrotters’ also voices the author’s concern regarding the steady deterioration of the health of land, water and air on Planet Earth.

The icing on the cake (read ‘story’)

The twist at the end. Loved it.

VERDICT

A book for both the young and old alike, with the power to make you sit upright.


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AREFA TEHSIN

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