Jul 122012


Published By: Mango Books / DC 

Story: Anita Vachhrajani

Illustrations: Anitha Balachandran



As Nonie looked, her eyes grew wide,

Munni had a broom – one that a witch would ride.




In a Sentence (and a half): Witches are for real, they really are. Ask Nonie.


What is it About: Nothing can put the six-year-old Nonie to sleep. Her parents are tired of trying, until the mother knows who to turn to. Her Munni didi, the magical one, of course. Read through this zany story to find how Aunt Munni accomplishes the impossible.


Form and language: Anita Vachhrajani’s breezy verse will have kids in splits.

‘Try milk,’ said the doctor; the teacher said ‘Rice!’

Their cat said, ‘Just feed her mice.’

Easy fun verse, you get the drift, right?


What makes it snuggly: Aunt Munni, dressed in violet and red, the things that spill out of her red handbag, her the other pieces of luggage that hop and speak, and the array of whacky things she summons to pour into the making of the magic quilt.  And guess what she reads: Filmfare!


What Stands Out:  Anitha Balachandran’s illustrations. This is an old book (2009), but I remember having shrieked in excitement when it first landed in my hands. Here was a tiny book loaded with quirky words and ideas backed by an equally quirky set of illustrations we had in the Indian market then. We’ve had several others since, but I think this one pretty much started it. I love the stories within the story, that I so long to see in our picture books – every flying stocking, every messy strand of hair tells a story. I wish there was a little more of it, though.


Will be best enjoyed by: Just about everybody 4+


From snuggly to snugglier: Let’s make our own magic quilts. What all would you wish to weave into it?


Love Ratings?

Ha Ha! Quotient: 5

Touches The Heart Quotient: 4

Cuts Through The Clutter Quotient: 5

Visual Appeal: 4

Real-world dream-world balance: 4

Encore Quotient: 5

Thank God it’s not moral science: 5

Show, don’t tell: 3

Hey, this is a really important book: 4

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