Published By: Tulika Books
Story: Annie Besant
Illustrations: Nancy Raj
Hissss! Mala would frighten the cat.
In a Sentence: Antics of the naughty, naughtiest, clever, cleverest, cute, cutest Mala and her unending scared-you boooos.
What is it About: The impish little Mala is making everyone’s life miserable by her fondness for frightening folks around her, catching them unawares in the middle of their day to day activities. Her mother smartly solves the problem by gifting Mala a pair of anklets that go CHIK CHIK CHUM. Or, does she?
Form and language: Prose, kept simple, minimal and direct. The repeatedly used ‘she would frighten…’ has a sing song rhythm about it that the kids will love to say aloud again and again.
What makes it snuggly: Mala, the naughty one peeping from behind the tree. Mala, the naughtier one thinking up a different idea each time to scare people. Mala, the cute one with her plaits and mismatched ribbons and her lovely thinking eyes. And oh, the clever clever Mala in the end!
What Stands Out: The thought that’s gone behind the illustrations: the flying dosa batter, the toy aeroplane getting stepped on, a comb here and a plaited ribboned hair there.
Will be best enjoyed by: Under 5s
Anyone’s who’s ever been the annoyer or the annoyed, played pranks or been at the receiving end of pranks!
Ha Ha! Quotient: 4
Touches The Heart Quotient: 4
Cuts Through The Clutter Quotient: 3
Visual Appeal: 4
Encore Quotient: 4
Thank God it’s not moral science: 5
Show, don’t tell: 4
Hey, this is a really important book!: 3