Razia and the pesky presents book review

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.


Akanksha Datta

Shakespeare’s classics- Book recommendation

Title : No fear Shakespeare

Publications: Sparknotes

Age group: 10 and up

Availability: available online and at selected stores.

If you always wanted to read Shakespeare classics but were afraid to grab a copy because of its complicated language, relax.

After a long search, I came across these wonderful abridged versions of the plays by Shakespeare in plain English with line by line translation. I am actually in love with these books. You can start with one of my favorite pick: The Merchant of Venice .

These quintessential reads suitable for age 10+ will definitely enthrall and fascinate you. Best way to introduce Shakespeare’s work to little avid readers. They will definitely get hooked to these. Trust me. Simple language and easy translation make it a perfect grab.

I highly recommend them.

Happy reading

Akanksha Datta

Book review- Guthli has wings by Tulika Books

Title: Guthli has wings

Publications: Tulika Books

Author/Illustrator : Kanak Shashi

Age- 6 and above

Language: English

Price : INR 165/

Availability: easily available on bookstores and online

A story that talks about freedom of expression, about being able to express your feelings, desires and secrets without any hesitation or fear.

A story which evokes deep thoughts on embracing individuality and identity and accepting someone the way they are rather than the way you want them to be.

The plot revolves around Guthli, who loves to draw fairies, collect leaves , cycling , swinging , climbing trees and enjoying life.

Everyone loves Guthli until one day when she feels left out, lonely and misunderstood.

Grab a copy to find out what happens next and is Guthli able to convey her feelings and emotions to her family members.

This gentle yet bold story about gender identity addresses the topic of gender non-confirming kids in a subtle yet powerful manner.

It’s about time we talk about these issues in a more informative and enlightening way.

The illustrations in the book are colorful and vibrant.

Kanak shashi has been writing and illustrating children’s books for over a decade now.

Tulika Books have always come up with unique and amazing story books that enthrall and enlighten kids. Looking forward for more books on these topics.

Happy reading

Akanksha Datta

Usborne illustrated Dictionaries

Looking for a gift to enthrall young inquisitive minds, these illustrated dictionaries will definitely catch your attention.

Available in different subjects, written in simple friendly language with links to useful and informative websites for more fun facts, these books are a must have.

Amazing illustrations help to understand and comprehend the concepts in a better way for beginners

Make learning fun.

Happy reading

Akanksha Datta

Price : INR 599/-

Book recommendation- Yoga Tales

Some years back childhood was different, it was all about playing on the streets getting messed up in dirt and mud, no digital distractions, lesser stress in schools, spending lots of time with friends and family, a screen-free childhood brimming with energy and joy. But times have changed now; children live in a world of busy parents, long school hours, peer pressure, digital addiction, sports competitiveness, exam pressures, bullying and much more. These influences are definitely stressful for kids whether they express it or not. In their bustling life jumping from one structured activity to another trying to learn new skills and excel creatively in that leaves them with no time to be themselves, enjoy life or make mistakes while experimenting.

Yoga at an early age can be the best solution to nurture their childhood amidst this entire hullabaloo. It encourages self-esteem and body awareness with inner peace and a strong mind. It enhances their physical flexibility, core strength, confidence, coordination, concentration fostering compassion and empathy in them.

In today’s world where young generation succumbs to depression so soon, Yoga helps them stay focused and calm in life, relaxes their mind, increases their immunity and stamina, reduces mood swings, stress and anxiety, and improves sleep pattern and much more.

These amazing books on Yoga by Om Books International are a must have for the young generation. Beautifully illustrated, these story books are informative and interesting. All in all a perfect collection to take care of a child’s physical, spiritual and mental well- being.

Happy reading

Akanksha Datta

Book recommendation

Short stories

Short stories remain the most interesting form of storytelling over the centuries. One of the most flexible literary genres, the short story can accommodate almost anything from fairytales to horror stories, romance and fantasy to comedy and satire, and more.

Short stories are widely read and immensely lauded. Some of the most exceptional writers have dabbled in this form penning beautiful unforgettable stories.

I picked these three amazing books that have a carefully crafted selection of best stories from across the globe by world’s iconic storytellers.

The collection features some remarkable writers including Nobel Prize winners, stories from all slices of life which will make you laugh, cry, smile or sulk.

Publishers are Om Books International, Grapevine and Fingerprint Publications . Do grab a copy, I assure you will be hooked to these books.

A must read 📚
Happy reading 📖

Akanksha Datta