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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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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…

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…

The Cheesecake Thief and Other Stories #KidLitBookReview 12

Rini and Ruby are sisters.

They get mad at each other all the time,

but they love each other.

Things get complicated when a cheesecake disappears…

Author – Sudesna Ghosh

Release Year – 2017

Age Group – 7 – 14

Available on – Amazon India

Story –

The Cheesecake Thief and Other Stories book is a collection of 3 short stories based in a town named Golepur in West Bengal, India. The stories are told alternately by 2 kid sisters – Rini and Ruby. Rini is the older one and Ruby is the younger one.

Story #1 – The Cheesecake thief

Ruby loves eating cheesecakes. Rini loves baking them. It happens when Rini is baking a cheesecake at school for a baking competition, it gets stolen from right under everyone’s noses while it is kept aside for cooling down. Not a soul knows who is the culprit. Rini blames Ruby for stealing the cake because she knew Ruby could go to any extent for a cheesecake. However, Ruby is not the thief and being wrongly blamed, she resolves to catch the thief herself.

In the process, she starts with sniffing Read more…

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