Published By: Tulika Books
Story: Sowmya Rajendran
Illustrations: Kanchon Mitra
I like eggs. School too. Just that sometimes, I like tiger dreams better.
In a Sentence: Children like their own dreams and stories, but what they love more are stories about you when you were a little one (this entire inseparable grandparent-grandchild nexus rests on that :))!
What is it About: This book is about two things. One, the infinite scope of a child’s imagination, and two, the vastly different worlds we, our parents, and now our children, are living in. And sure enough, point one is one of those factors that keeps the seamless continuity of point two intact!
What makes it snuggly: Kanchon Mitra’s endearing illustrations. There is abundant joyfulness on the pages, which comes from a mix of various things – use of bright colours (the liberal use of yellow, in particular), the perspective (the one where the girl is sitting on the potty is the best), and the form of the individual elements (just look at the teeth monsters and the eggs!). This is one book where you can ‘see’ that the illustrator has had enviable fun while at work!
What Stands Out: The really cool totally-in-control Grandma (just look at her wink!) who is the repository of an unending supply of stories from the past for every occasion. Here, of course, we get to hear only one, but you can make out that her story-bag is always loaded 🙂
Will be best enjoyed by: 3+ years
From snuggly to snugglier: Let your child hear stories of your school life, and hear him say, ‘You mean, you didn’t even have that (AC/ swimming pool / white boards / canteen / parent interviews 🙂 / whatever) in your school?
Ha Ha! Quotient: 4
Touches The Heart Quotient: 3
Cuts Through The Clutter Quotient: 4
Visual Appeal: 4
Encore Quotient: 4
Thank God it’s not moral science: 5
Show, don’t tell: 3
Hey, this is a really important book!: 3