Natasha Sharma’s Squiggle Takes a Walk was well-received and appreciated as a fun book to explain punctuation. So, when I received its sequel Squiggle Gets Stuck, I knew what to expect.
When Squiggle is happily seated on the cover of her book, a gigantic book from the lopsided piles of books next to her, falls on her. The consequence is that she is stuck inside a book.
Unfortunately for her, Doodle Dude, who can barely form a proper sentence, has been stuck inside for long. Oxford, the dictionary inside which the two are stuck, throws a challenge at her for her to get out.
Squiggle has to help Doodle Dude construct a perfect sentence from the bottom left corner of the book to the top right – a sentence slope that gives way to the exit.
Squiggle has no choice but to take on the challenge. How does she win the challenge?
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- A whimsical and fun presentation of the parts-of-speech through three primary characters and a problem resolution plot structure. An enjoyable read to say the least.
- Doodle Dude’s some inadvertent responses to Squiggle’s questions and how she picks on them to explain the next part of speech have been constructed with excellent creativity. There is proof of a meticulous mind behind it.
- Vikram Nandwani’s illustrations in this sequel surpass the earlier one. The cool Doodle Dude character and the perplexed Squiggle brimming with emotions don’t fail to bring on a smile. Of particular mention is the cover illustration with the stuck Squiggle scratching her head.
- The dialogues that happen between Squiggle and each punctuation mark are witty and amusing. Some puns deserve a pat on the back.
“I’m at a loss for words, which is unheard of in my line of work,”, said Oxford.
- The Grammar guide at the end with fun trivia, exercises and word searches would be of interest to high school children.
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- The novelty of the presentation would delight a teacher of English grammar or a general adult reader, and it could serve well as a book for reinforcement of concepts. However, it may not suit the purpose of introducing and teaching parts of speech to the novice student.
Get unstuck from grammatical errors!
My thanks to the publishers, Young Zubaan and Puffin for sending me the review copy in return for an honest review.