Title: Razia and the Pesky Presents
Author: Natasha Sharma
Illustrator: Priya Kurian
Age Group: 8 to 12
Publisher : Scholastic
This storybook stole my heart away. Wonderful story with amazing comic timing, hilarious illustrations with funny twists and turns.
The story is based on the only woman ruler of Delhi, Razia Sultan. How she managed to rule a kingdom besides all odds and demotivation from certain people. She is being sent pesky presents and soppy poems challenging her to rule but she is determined to find the culprit and solve the mystery.
The comic timing and humor in the story is too funny not and causes uncontrollable laughter. The dialogues are really waggish and humorous.
The funny characters and their hilarious ridiculous acts make the story all the more enjoyable and gripping. Children would not want to leave the book until they finish it.
After all need to know the culprit who sends the pesky presents.
Vocabulary and sentence construction in the story is quite refined.
Author Natasha Sharma is a renowned Children storybook author with more than 18 published books that have won several awards. Icky Yucky Mucky, Princess Easy pleasy, Rooster Raga, Shah Jahan and the Ruby robber , Kaka and munni, Raja Raja and the swapped sacks etc are some of her amazing stories. Her wit and humor makes children roll on floor with laughter.
Illustrator Priya Kurian is one the most sought after illustrator for charming listen story books. Her illustrations are so fit to the story that they make the whole reading experience come to life through her bright colorful pictures. Amma chi’s glasses, Bookasura, Rooster Raga , Monkey trouble, Zakir and his tabla etc are just amazing illustrated story books.
A must read.