The Monster Hunters by Parinita Shetty is another book in the “hole books” series. We have already seen Petu Pumpkin books of the same series.
Abhay and his best friend Nitya decide to go monster hunting as part of their English project. Since monsters lived only in children’s bedrooms, they set out to check the bedrooms of their classmates and friends.
First they go to Tanmay’s house. Though they do not find any monster, they do find some of their belongings that they had lent to the absent-minded and disorganized Tanmay. In addition, they manage to irk Tanmay’s grandmother and get into trouble.
The next stop of the adventure is at Jai’s house and then it is at Sandy’s (Sandhya). Do they succeed in their hunt, inspite of the rats under beds, standing towers of books, lost contact lenses and broken spectacles? How did they fare in their project?
Read the book to find out. If possible, set out on a similar adventure. I am pretty sure that it will help in clearing out the cobwebs under some beds even if your search for monsters is futile.
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- The illustrations by Pooja Pottenkulam are playful and capture the wild imagination of the author. Abhay’s family living underwater is an excellent sample for the same.
- The author is unpredictable in her choice of events and her choice of words. Sometimes, it gets extremely real whereas others are wildly imaginary. For instance, the point made about writing essays about what one did during summer vacation is very real, whereas the reference to a stampede of polka-dotted elephants is an example of extreme imagination. I wonder if she has an algorithm to generate such expressions.
- Abhay’s father who questions the veracity behind several events including Neil Armstrong landing on the moon made me pause and think. Yes, I think I can see the studio lights.
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- At times the narration is not even. I wondered often if I had missed a page in between; I had to turn back quite often to check if I’d skipped a page. For instance, in the “Crash Boom Bang” chapter, there is a sudden reference to Nitya being tinier than Abhay, but fighting like an Olympic boxer. This sentence appears totally out of place. The illustration adds to the confusion. It is after a few sentences that one can make out that the reference is about a verbal argument.
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- What is the significance of “hole books”? Why do they have a hole at a corner? I started wondering about them since I first came across them in Asha’s F-page. I am yet to solve this mystery.
Hunt the book and read it!
A copy of this book was given me by the publishers, Duckbill in return for an honest review. Thanks Duckbill.