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When I grow up #PictureBookReview 22

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What if there was something more

not found within a book?

I closed my eyes as tightly as I could

and took a look…

Story – 

Mr. Dove’s class is trying to decide what they would like to be when they grow up. While most of the children in the class get busy instantly jotting down their ideas, there is one girl, Annie, whose mind is bubbling with many ideas due to which she has a hard time deciding what she should choose to write about.

Alien Hunter? Master Read more…

The Christmas Button Story #PictureBookReview 21

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Father Christmas has an important job for Ellie the Elf.

A very special collection of buttons is needed

to make one little girl’s Christmas wish come true.

From the stable of the creators of the much loved The Button Collection, comes a brand new beautiful and cute picture book, perfectly suited for this time of the year – The Christmas Button Story.

Story –

It is Christmas Eve. Paloma is sad because the star is missing from her Christmas tree top. She is worried Father Christmas will not come to her house if there is no star.

Father Christmas is watching over her and he asks Ellie, the Elf to Read more…

Jacob’s Toys – The Big Backyard Adventure #PictureBookReview 20

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First to flee were Ted and Dupree,

then Tess Turtle, Poncho and Mousy Dundee.

Not far behind was the smallest of all,

the teeny tiny reindeer that Jacob called Paul.

Jacob’s Toys – The BIG Backyard Adventure arrived in the mail last week all the way from Australia. As soon as the packaging was opened, we had an adorable picture book in our hands which was claimed by Dhruv right away even before I could have a good look at it. It was surprising for me to see him intently occupied with this book and I got to know why a little later.

Story – 

Jacob considers himself big enough to play with his soft toys. His Mum suggests finding them a new home but only after giving them a good wash. After the washing, Mum hangs the soft toys outside in the sun on the clothesline to dry where they happily dream of a new home. It’s here that the backyard adventure of the toys begins with the weather soon turning stormy, They get blown away, get lurked upon by a nasty Read more…

Five find outers and a dog by Enid Blyton #KidLitBookReview #GuestPost

Today, I have Shalini Baisiwala of Shalzmojo writing a guest post about her favourite book series from her childhood days. We all are familiar with the name, Enid Blyton, and her Famous Five series, Secret Seven series, Magic Faraway Tree series, and Malory Towers series but do we know about the Five Find-Outers and a Dog series? At least I didn’t know about it until Shalini mentioned it to me. And. going by her description, it does appear to be a fine discovery for the book lovers in us, Dhruv and I.

Now, over to Shalini about her favourite Enid Blyton book series.


December GP 2018

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Pop-up Pull-out Picture Atlas #PictureBookReview 19

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Pop-up Pull-out Picture Atlas is an amazing picture atlas with a spectacular 3D pop-up globe and interactive pull-out maps.

As you open the atlas, there pops out a globe showing the physical features of the Earth. The child can have a lot of fun just rotating the globe round and round. There is, however, a caution involved – the globe is held by a not-so-thick thread which makes it delicate.

There are separate maps of all the 7 continents, both physical and political. There are bite-sized fun facts and little descriptions along Read more…

My Name is Not Alexander #PictureBookReview 18

Story – 

My Name is not Alexander is a book about a boy named Alexander and his interactions with his father during one whole day. The concept of this book is ‘Just how big can a little kid dream’. Each time Alexander’s father asks him to do a task; Alexander goes back in time into the American history and comes up with a name of a great person who shaped up America.

When he wakes up in the morning, his father greets him by his name only to be told by the little boy, that “My Name Is Not Alexander…I am Theodore, the greatest, grandest President who ever was!” His father responds by saying, “Well, Theodore park yourself here and save your energy for today’s game.”

Next, when his father calls him, “Theodore, finish eating and get ready to go.” The boy says, “My name is not Theodore! I am Thomas the greatest, brightest inventor who ever was!”

“Well, Thomas, let me see that brilliant smile light up the room,” the father tells him.

Thereafter he tells his father, at various points of time in the day, he is Joseph (Chief Joseph), Fred (Fred Astaire), Jackie (Robinson) and at the end of the day when he is about to go to bed, he wants to be called Daddy too.

My review –

The first big thing about this book is the mother figure is missing and the father is taking care of the child for the day. This is highly imperative for the boys in the Indian households to learn that looking after the day-to-day needs of a kid is not the mother’s responsibility alone and there are families in this world where fathers play an equal and important role. No wonder, such books are my favourite.

There are many positive adjectives in the book like greatest, grandest, brightest inventor, proudest warrior, smoothest dancer, bravest ballplayer, and coolest daddy. These are helpful in creating a positive self-image in the child and stretching the child’s imagination. I wish to see a book like this replete with Indian historical heroes.

The illustrations are attractive on a fine quality paper and do a fine job of binding the attention of both the kids and the adults.

There is a similar book ‘My Name is not Isabella’ where a little girl Isabella imagines herself to be the greatest women from American history.

My Verdict –

This book is appropriate for the age group 3 – 5. It is perfect for kids who are constantly imagining what they want to become when they grow up.

I strongly recommend ‘My name is not Alexander’ (and ‘My name is not Isabella’) to be a part of the bookshelf of every little boy and girl.

Author:  Jennifer Fosberry

Illustration:  Mike Litwin

The Colour Thief #PictureBookReview 17

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The Story –

The Colour Thief is a story of Zot who lived on a planet which had no colours. Everything was grey and black. The grass, the sky, the sun, and the flowers, none of them had any colours. This made Zot and his friends sad.

Zot would sit on a mountain and watch a sparkling colourful planet far away in the space. He imagined that place to be a happy place. He decided to go there and find happiness for himself. He, thus, set off in his spaceship.

When he reached the Read more…

Eleanor’s Eyebrows #PictureBookReview 16

Author: Timothy Knapman

Illustrator: David Tazzyman

Age group – 3 – 6 years

The Story –

Eleanor’s eyebrows is a story of a girl, Eleanor, who has no respect for her eyebrows. Her eyebrows, hence angered, decide to leave her face for some place where they would feel valued and loved. The eyebrows Read more…

The Button Collection #PictureBookReview 15

A series of six timeless stories for children crafted with care.

Have you ever wondered about the buttons, we sport on our dresses and clothes everyday, that they could have a story to tell? Can we imagine they might have been a part of history and seen ages pass through, the good and the bad times? To be frank, I have thought in the same manner about old trees, forts, and ruins but never could quite stretch my imagination to see buttons being capable of telling their extraordinary stories.

This is why when I came across The Button Collection series of 6 stories, I immediately felt captivated by the context of the stories.

The Button Collection is a series of magical, traditional stories featuring a selection of different buttons. But, these are no ordinary buttons; from Bertie the Soldier to Bethany the Explorer Button; each has an enchanting story to tell.

My review –

The 6 interesting stories in The Button Collection are – Read more…

The Manic Panic #Picturebookreview 14

It is a normal sort of a day in your house until…
“What’s wrong with the Wi-Fi?” Mommy howls.
“It’s DOWN!” Daddy hollers.
“Good riddance!” Nannu smiles.

Story –

The Manic Panic is a story of a day in the life of a normal family. Everything was going on as usual with the father cooking a meal with a phone held in one hand, the mother sitting on the couch with a bowl of something to eat in the hand and a laptop on the lap, the daughter hanging upside down from the couch reading a book and a grandma, Nannu, doing a headstand. Very normal, you may say. And, then a dreadful thing happens. The wi-fi stops working and all hell breaks loose for the parents. They get cranky and fidgety while the daughter makes all kinds of plans to spend the day outside the home in the park or cycling or having a picnic. Read more…

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