TITLE: The Globetrotters
AUTHOR: Arefa Tehsin
ILLUSTRATOR: Nafisa Nandini Crishna
PUBLISHER: Puffin (27 June 2018)
TARGET GROUP: 9-11 years
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.
A book for both the young and old alike, with the power to make you sit upright.