Published By: Karadi Tales
Story: Priya Ramanathan
Illustrations: Garima Gupta
‘Anyway you like it – but grow one!’
In a Sentence: The journey of Nekgaon, a village somewhere on the Amritsar-Mumbai train line, from being perfect to being worderfully imperfect.
What is it About: Imagine a place where women never gossip, children are well-behaved, men are clean-shaven and the cattle doesn’t wander away. Aptly named ‘Nek’gaon, the village is the epitome of propriety (and therefore, also, a dry boring place where nothing ever happe until Mustaki lands there one night holding a magic box in his hand. The story is about how this mysterious portly man with massive moustaches all over his face (making him appear like an octopus at times) ignites the spirit of curiosity, among the village folk. This box, with an
inexplicable fondness for moustaches, blabbers out secrets from people’s lives.
What makes it snuggly: The star-studded moustaches of the mystery man, women, children and animals sporting moustaches later on in the book. And the zany moustache song she sings before a zapped audience of clueless villagers!
What Stands Out: The lavish use of thick rich colours across all the spreads. Be it the stillness of the dark night, or the ‘fantastic cacophony’ of the marketplace, it’s Garima Gupta play with colours that lingers on after the turn of each page.
Will be best enjoyed by: 5+ kids fascinated by moustaches; kids who have learnt early on that being perfect is not the only thing that counts in life; and by parents who need to learn to accept imperfections in their young ones.
From snuggly to snugglier: Easy-peasy for this book – moustaches, of course! Let their imagination run amok until they’ve got, what they think, is the most perfect mousche to grow. But then, if they’ve really got the message in this book right, they’ll know that being perfect is oh-so boring. Time to let their imagination on the run again 🙂
Ha Ha! Quotient: 3
Touches The Heart: 3
Cuts Through The Clutter: 4
The Visual Appeal: 4
Encore Quotient: 3
Thank God it’s not moral science: 4
Hey, this is a really important book!: 3