Published By: Karadi Tales
Story: Shobha Viswanath
Illustrations: Christine Kastl
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, the earth lost all her shape.
In a Sentence: Just like every drop in the ocean helps fill it up, every single dot helps make the shapes we see around us all the time.
What is it About: When the shapes suddenly disappear from the Earth and confusion ensues, it is one little dot’s presence of mind that saves the world from going crazily shapeless.
What makes it snuggly: Getting to see limp squidgy out-of-shape everyday things a child is familiar with – egg, sandwiches, waffles, kites and more. Honestly, there are so many of these fundamentals that we take for granted without once pausing to wonder ‘what-if’.
The vividness of imagination of author Shobha Viswanath (who could have ever thought of a sandwich that looked squished!) finds befitting support in the quirkiness of illustrator Christine Kastl’s acrylic rendering of this fantastic tale (who could have thought of an Inspector Clouseau look-alike slinking away with all the shapes!). The two together makes the shapeless objects seem as ‘real’ as the proper ones.
What Stands Out: The very concept the world around us being shaped by shapes. It is difficult for a child, as it is for an adult, to imagine a world where everything has lost its form. It’s a brilliant way to introduce the topic of shapes to the young ones.
Will be best enjoyed by: Pre-nursery and nursery kids who are beginning to ‘see’ shapes all around. Haven’t we all been through that ‘Mamma look, a horse-cloud!’ stage?!
From snuggly to snugglier: Naturally, identifying more and more and more shapes around us. Soon you’ll have your child waking you in the middle of the night with more everyday examples of, what else, shapes!
Ha Ha! Quotient: 3
Touches The Heart: 3
Cuts Through The Clutter: 4
Visual Appeal: 4
Real-world dream-world balance: 4
Encore Quotient: 4
Thank God it’s not moral science: 4
Hey, this is a really important book!’: 3