Genre: Children

1. Sunu Sunu Snail: Storm in the Garden – Sandhya Rao / Ashok Rajagopalan Must Read On one rainy day an unusual visitor visited our library. It let its feelers out observing the wet concrete and sailed slowly (extremely slowly). It was a slimy snail. Tiny tots felt awful to […]

Books for 3+ from Tulika

Wings to Fly – Sowmya Rajendran
Must-Read “Wings to fly” written by Sowmya Rajendran and illustrated by Arun Kaushik is an episode from the biography of the differently-abled sportsperson Malathi Holla. How about reading a biography to a 5-year old? Can’t think of it right? Malathi wants to fly, but she cannot. Obviously humans cannot fly. […]

Wings to Fly – Sowmya Rajendran

Bookasura - Arundhati Venkatesh 1
Arundhati Venkatesh’s latest offering “Bookasura: The Adventures of Bala and the Book-eating Monster” has a catchy title that makes one want to try it and that is what I did. Bala, the bibliophile, is sent to his grandparents’ place in Melagam so that his parents can attend to his infant […]

Bookasura – Arundhati Venkatesh

Petu Pumpkin Tiffin Thief - Arundhati Venkatesh
The Petu Pumpkin series by Arundhati Venkatesh has two books, in which figure Pushkin Ramadoss aka “Petu Pumpkin” and his friends Jatin, Kiran, Nitin and Sachin. 1. Petu Pumpkin Tooth Troubles The latest tale of Pushkin and his friends is centered around Pushkin’s tooth. Pushkin is a student of class […]

Petu Pumpkin – Arundhati Venkatesh

Burma Ramani - Azha Valliappa 4
After reading Vidya’s review of her favourite childhood novel “Neela Mala“, I was tempted to revisit some of the classics of the past. In this quest, I discovered “Burma Ramani“, another interesting full-length children’s fiction written by the Tamil poet Azha. Valliappa. The protagonist of the story is a 13-year […]

Burma Ramani – Azha. Valliappa

Neela Mala - Azha. Valliappa 2
It was during one of my ‘gnabagam varude‘ (recollection of the past) moments that I remembered my favourite childhood novel “Neela Mala“. Written by the Tamil poet Azha. Valliappa, (author of poems like ‘nila nila odi vaa’) this novel was serialised in Gokulam magazine in 1976. After an unsuccessful search […]

Neela Mala – Azha. Valliappa