Endangered Animals of India

Endangered Animals of India

Published By: Mango (DC Books) Words: Praba Ram and Meera Sriram Illustrations: Lavanya Karthik Rs 245 I am back with some delicious book chat after a long long time and it’s not even about a picture book! Holler holler, run for cover?! Please don’t (!), because the book I have here is one that each of us should try and lay our hands on: Endangered Animals of India – a wonderfully satisfying treat from two of the most sensitive children’s book authors amidst us – Read More

A launch and a review!

A launch and a review!

This has been both a delightful and a tear-jerker of a day in equal measure. The Unboy Boy and The Susu Pals got launched at Bombay’s Kitab Khana as part of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2014. While I sit here in Lagos thousands of miles away from the scene of action, a most awesome set of people put it together and managed to convince me that these books are no longer just my babies! That explains the delight and the weeping with joy bit! Read More

Let's together make it happen - Pratham Books in Google Impact Challenge

Let’s together make it happen – Pratham Books in Google Impact Challenge

I’m away for a while (still away!) but I quickly logged in talk about this inspiring dream that Pratham Books is dreaming up! It’s one lofty vision, and every single vote from you and me can make it possible.   A quick heads up on it, and then straight to the voting panel! Pratham Books is a finalist in the Google Impact Challenge. They propose to build an open source platform for children’s books. In simple terms, it means that it will allow for people to (most Read More

Our Mom is Funny

Our Mom is Funny

Published By: Scholastic Story: Yeshwanti Balagopal Illustrations: Neetu Sharma  “Our mom is funny. One day she said, ‘Poodles for lunch!’ But really she meant…” In a Sentence: While mom acts all goofy, the kids know her little big secret well enough. What is it About: Mom gets a lot of words wrong. Like poodles for noodles, dirt for shirt, or even crooks for books! This simple book is the funniest I have seen in a while in India. It is able to get the humour Read More

Ranganna

Ranganna

  Published By: Tulika Books Story: Arthi Anand Navaneeth Illustrations: Kavita Singh Kale In a Sentence:  “And he loved colours.” What is it About: Ranganna is a cute little growing up baby who loves everything that growing up babies love: colours, colours and more colours around them; and friends who adore him; and nail paints, of course. Just that, as is an open secret by now, Ranganna is a growing up baby elephant. With baby pink cheeks! What makes it snuggly: Ranganna looks adorable. He is Read More

Little Laali

Little Laali

  Published By: Tulika Books Story and Illustrations: Alankrita Jain Rs 95 “What if I were really very, very little, wondered Laali.”    In a Sentence: The joys of being little. What is it About: Instead of whining about why she’s told she can’t do a lot of things just because she is little, Laali imagines herself to be – what she considers – really very very little, and embarks on a fantastic flight of imagination that makes her roll, jump, fly and do much Read More

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs

Published By: Archway Publishing Story: Sherry Frith Illustrations: Carol Newell Walter  Available at Amazon.com   “My name is Kory, and sticky icky booger bugs are part of my everyday life. They try to stay in me,  and I try to sneeze and cough them out.”   In a Sentence: Nothing is insurmountable. What is it About: ‘Sherry wrote Sticky Icky Booger Bugs after her sons Kory and Kevin were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. It is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Read More

Grandpa Green - Goodreads Review

Grandpa Green – Goodreads Review

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars     (Image source: Nine Kinds of Pie)   Grandpa Green is as much a loving ode to great grandpa as it is to an inimitable green thumb and an artist at heart. The grandson walks us through the beautiful garden full of fanciful topiary that the great grandpa has lovingly hand-crafted over the years, and in the process, he walks us through his entire life story from the time when pa was born in Read More

Beatrice Doesn't Want To Goodreads Review

Beatrice Doesn’t Want To Goodreads Review

<Beatrice Doesn’t Want To by Laura Joffe Numeroff My rating: 3 of 5 stars The predictability of the plot doesn’t rob this book of its fun element, and the illustrations have a big role to play there. Lynn Munsinger’s Beatrice – a sulking bored Basset Hound – with her stubborn ‘I don’t want to’ streak is a sure winner! My kids and I kept looking at her different expressions ad nauseum, and each time, we came up with so many different things that could be Read More

Just Like Sisters - Goodreads review

Just Like Sisters – Goodreads review

Just Like Sisters by Angela McAllister My rating: 4 of 5 stars My daughter and I loved this book. Clearly, it’s Ally the pen pal alligator who steals the show with her antics! Ally comes over to Nancy’s and they discover that they have a lot in common, down to the fluffy pink scarves they pick up! And there’s plenty of fun things they have up their sleeves to teach each other. Nancy fancies her as her twin, a wish that gets vindicated when the Read More