Published By: Young Zubaan / Apeejay Books / Saadhak Books
Story: Natasha Sharma
Illustrations: Anitha Balachandran
The great king of Ickhtarpur, Maharaja Icky as he was called, was known to have the worst table manners ever seen.
In a Sentence: Maharaja Icky + Maharani Yucky = Rajkumari Mucky, but of course 🙂
What is it About: It’s about the dirtiest, ickiest king (oh yes, he is) ever to be born, falling in love with, marrying and living happily ever after with the dirtiest yuckiest (oh yes, she too is) queen ever to be born. And then the dirtiest muckiest child is born to them (I waited till the end for Mucky to put the gold she digs straight into her mouth, but she doesn’t, so there, she isn’t mucky enough!). It’s a disastrous royal trio for thekingdom ofIckhtarpur! Trust me, you wouldn’t want to ever step into the kingdom.
What makes it snuggly: The side-splitting descriptions of how dirty the king and the queen are (‘…she even offered her own services to gnaw off anyone’s finger or toenail if they wanted.’ Ugh!) The children will go slurp slurp on this, a book, right after their hearts (‘We love filth’, oh yes, we know that). The parents will squirm, cringe, scrunch up their nose at the ickiness, but will go slurp slurp all the same. You cannot not fall in love with this royalty 🙂
What Stands Out: Everything, actually. Especially the muck.
Will be best enjoyed by: The faint-hearted, stay away please. It’s a free-for-all for the rest.
From snuggly to snugglier: Don’t get me started please. You don’t want to know. Really.
Ha Ha! Quotient: 5
Touches The Heart: 3
Cuts Through The Clutter: 5
Visual Appeal: 4
Encore Quotient: 5
Thank God it’s not moral science: 5
Show, don’t tell: 3
Hey, this is a really important book!: 3