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Poor King Vikram! Tasked by the sorcerer Shaitanish to bring him a corpse, he finds that a vampire named Betal has taken residence in it. He’ll come along only if King Vikram lends a willing ear to a series of riddling tales. There’s the one about the world’s most sensitive ladies: Queens Touchmenot, Itsratherhot and Oohmyhead. There’s the tale of the four foolish brothers Nin, Com, Poo and Oops. Each tale is crazier, funnier, madder than the last, and even if King Vikram doesn’t enjoy the journey - you sure will!
The story of Vikram and Betal is over a thousand years old. See this much-loved traditional tale come alive with Priya Kuriyan’s fabulous illustrations.
Twelve-year-old Sarojini’s best friend, Amir, might not be her best friend any more. Ever since Amir moved out of the slum and started going to a posh private school, it seems like he and Sarojini have nothing in common. Then Sarojini finds out about the Right to Education, a law that might help her get a free seat at Amir’s school – or, better yet, convince him to come back to a new and improved version of the government school they went to together. As she struggles to keep her best friend, Sarojini gets help from some unexpected characters, including Deepti, a feisty classmate who lives at a construction site; Vimala Madam, a human rights lawyer who might also be an evil genius; and Mrs. Sarojini Naidu, a long-dead freedom fighter who becomes Sarojini’s secret pen pal. Told through letters to Mrs. Naidu, this is the story of how Sarojini learns to fight – for her friendship, her family, and her future.
NOW ALSO AVAILABLE IN HINDI!
Shortlisted for the 2008-2009 Grand Canyon Reader Award Master List, USA
Selected by the Children's Library Guild, USA, 2007
In a small, sleepy town in northern India, three children gaze out onto a rain-drenched street, waiting for a most unusual guest. Their father's younger brother is coming to stay. Who is Younguncle? What?s his real name? Was he really, truly kidnapped by monkeys when he was little? Can he really make a noise like a sewing machine? Will he ever (heaven forbid!) Settle Down and Get Married? When he finally arrives, Sarita, Ravi and the baby know instantly that their lives will never be the same again.
Meet India's newest and most engaging literary creation, as he outwits the local hoodlums, rescues the town's finest milk-cow, evades the baby's schemes to eat his shirts, flummoxes unwanted in-laws, plucks the hair from a sleeping tiger's tail, and generally turns the world upside-down. The adventures of Younguncle and his family will entertain, delight and amuse readers of any age -- from babies to ancient old fossils.
"Vandana Singh is a fresh, new voice in children's fiction, this book is a treat that has you turning the pages with a smile and the last page with a sigh." -- R. Sriram, CEO & MD, Crossword Bookstores
"One of the best children's books I saw this year, Younguncle Comes to Town has none of the self-consciousness you often find in adults who write for children, very plausible dilemmas and a delightful style" -- Nilanjana Roy, Business Standard
"Vandana Singh is a most promising and original young writer" -- Ursula K. LeGuin, author of The Earthsea Trilogy
Do you sometimes feel Anxious? Bored? Confused? Depressed? Enervated? Fat? Glum? Horribly Irritated? Jealous? Kleptomaniac? Low-down? Miserable? No? Or Perhaps Quite Rapturous? Super-Trendy, Uplifted, Very Wonderful, eXtremely ... Yawn.... Zzzzzzz....
Life’s tough for a kid, and problems come in all shapes and sizes: from agonizing auntie-jis to zealous parents, from acne to zits. But don’t worry – help is here! This little book is packed with hints, advice, information, things to get you thinking, stuff to do, and loads of fun for kids of all shapes and sizes. Because no matter how big (or small) the problem, you know it’s nothing you can’t handle.
Reena Daruwalla divides her time between Delhi and Mumbai. Her favourite pastime is playing with Pépé, her daschund.
In every class, there’s a kid who’s a little bit different, a little bit on the ‘slow’ side. When she first sees Sushmita, with her sweet round face and innocent eyes, the principal of Rugged Rocks High is worried. “Putting that lovely child amongst our kids? It’s like putting adugong into a tank of barracudas.” And she’s right to worry!
But Sushmita has other ways to fight back against bullies, and somehow, having her among them changes all the children’s lives – for the better.
In The Dugong and the Barracudas, Ranjit Lal tackles the subject of prejudice, bullying and ‘special needs’ with his signature blend of humour and insight, challenging young readers to step out of their own skins and see the world through someone else’s eyes.
In the land of eighteen tides, where three rivers meet, deep inside a mangrove forest near the Bay of Bengal, there lived thousands and thousands, maybe even gazillions, of honeybees, ruled by the Bee Goddess.
The bees filled their honeycombs with rich, golden honey - liquid light, some called it - until it ran down trees like rivulets of sunshine. All the animals and birds loved it, but one person loved honey more than anyone in the world: a little spiky-haired boy called Shonu.
One day, driven by hunger, Shonu breaks the honey-hunters' golden rule and sets off into the forest. Will he find the honey he so loves? Or will he be caught by He-Whose-Name-Must-Not-Be-Taken, the mighty and terrible Demon-Tiger?
Join one of India's finest poets and one of France's best-loved illustrators on a visual and poetic journey to the heart of the Sundarban.
Baby Crocodile has a problem. She just won't open her mouth! Mama and Papa Crocodile try everything, but Baby just stares and stares.
Sounds like a job for Grandma! With a little bit of know-how and the help of some friendly frogs, the family is soon set right with a smacking, big crocodile kiss - that goes: pchak! pchak!
A delightful tale for children - and crocodiles - everywhere!
Be transported into dystopian cities and alternate universes.
Hang out with unicorns, cyborgs and pixies.
Learn how to waltz in outer space.
Be amazed and beguiled by a fairy tale with an unexpected twist,
a futuristic take on a TV cooking show,
and a playscript with tentacles.
In other words, get ready for a wild ride!
This collection of sci-fi and fantasy writing, including six graphic stories, showcases twenty of the most exciting writers and artists from India and Australia, in an all-female, all-star line-up!
Samhita Arni, Kuzhali Manickavel, Manjula Padmanabhan, Vandana Singh, Payal Dhar, Anita Roy, Annie Zaidi, Penni Russon, Kate Constable, Isobelle Carmody, Justine Larbalestier, Alyssa Brugman, Kirsty Murray, Margo Lanagan, Priya Kuriyan, Prabha Mallya, Amruta Pail, Lily Mae Martin, Nicki Greenberg and Mandy Ord.
It's MADRAS 1910. Poesy and Tilly are caught in a scandal that will change their lives forever. Singing and dancing across a hundred stages as members of a troupe of Australian child performers, called The Lilliputians, they travel by steam train into the heart of India. But as one disaster follows another, money runs short and tempers fray. What must the girls do to protect themselves and how many lives will be ruined if they try to break free?
Based on a real historical incident, award-winning writer Kirsty Murray tells a tale of intrigue and skullduggery, of friendships made and betrayed, set against the heat and dust of a lost Empire.
The Lilliputians is not only a gripping adventure story, but a vividly imagined historical novel, that will enthrall young readers and take them on an unforgettable journey back in time...
“This captivating historical story will take you back to a different era and completely immerse you in the travels and troubles that happen on tour. Kirsty Murray has done a great job bringing the childrens’ tale to life!”—Hannah Mariska
When Younguncle and his family head off on a Himalayan holiday, you know the hills are never going to be the same again. Carrying a message from the monkeys of the plains to their mountain-dwelling relatives, Younguncle and the three children embark on a series of hilarious encounters at the gloomy, mysterious and haunted Hotel Pine-Away.
As Younguncle chats with the monkeys, debates the true nature of reality with an off-beat sect of Quantum Banana Spiritualists, the fate of the picturesque little valley hangs in the balance. Who is the strange Rat-girl, who charms the rodents out of their hotel? Can the children and their eccentric uncle thwart the plans of that 50-Lakh Bridegroom, Pradeep Dalmakhni? Can Younguncle help Dalmakhni’s intended bride to escape a fate worse than death? Or has he, finally, met his match?
For all those who have been enchanted by Younguncle in the first book, this new adventure will be a delight. And if you haven’t met him before—Younguncle will be a friend for life!
Vandana Singh was born and raised in New Delhi. As a teenager, she acquired a life-long interest in peace and environmental issues, and was one of the founders of the environmental NGO, Kalpavriksh. She obtained a doctoral degree in Physics from the United States where she now lives with her family, teaching physics in a local college, and writing fiction for children, and science fiction/fantasy for adults.
Meet Squiggle—curious, confused and crazy!
Squiggle is confused. She doesn’t know quite what she is! So she sets off through the pages of a notebook in search of answers. Is she a comma or colon? A question mark? Surely not an exclamation! Splash, run, bump, trip and swing with her until she finds her own kind.
Natasha Sharma’s delightful book introduces young readers to the correct way to use punctuation in this deliciously comic tale. The book also includes a section with pointers on punctuation, interesting facts from history, and mayhem brought about by incorrect punctuation.
Jump into this adventure with Squiggle and you’ll never lose that comma again!
When fifteen-year-old Samir discovers that he's got new neighbours, he's horrified: he's left certain 'secret documents' in their flat, which should not be seen by anyone - and especially not by a cute girl his own age like Akhila Handa! But to Samir's surprise and relief, Akhila is amazingly sporting about them, and pretty soon their friendship blossoms as Samir gets to know the family: the bouncy boxer dog, Akhila's younger brother Sumit, who is 'a bit slow', and their strangely withdrawn mother. And most of all, her jolly, affectionate father who dotes upon his daughter.
Dotes, perhaps, a little too much...
Samir slowly comes to realise that all is far from well in the Handa family, and an incredible and terrible suspicion begins to form.
Smitten is a story that dares to talk about sexual abuse within the family. It is a story of love, and its opposite. Of bravery and cowardice. Of tough decisions and loyalties sorely tested.
With characteristic lightness and sureness of touch, Ranjit Lal tackles one of the great taboos in Indian society. A must for every school library and bookshelf, the book includes discussion points and questions to facilitate conversations in the classroom or at home.
Vandana Singh's first collection of 'Younguncle' stories, featuring every family's favourite relative, has become something of a classic since it was first published in 2004.
These charming, off-beat, funny stories are now available in Hindi in a lively and readable translation.
The final installment of Payal Dhar's thrilling Shadow in Eternity trilogy. Maya Subramaniam's life is far more complex than that of an average fourteen-year-old. The youngest Halvard of the Sands of Time, torn between loyalty to her family and to her Watcher, and dogged by a prophcy that predicts her to be the cause of the destruction of time itself... honestly, how much can one person take? An adolescent caught up in a world of grown-ups, Maya finds herself in the middle of a Warrior conspiracy to see the Ai'diyar Prophecy to its conclusion. Homeless and confused, convinced that she wrecks the lives of those she loves, Maya finds herself doubting her ability to see right from wrong. rnAs she and her friends stumble into the Timeless Land, she is faced with a choice that could have a devastating impact on reality as we know it.
The Foxy Four are BACK! Mandy, Padma, Jahan and Charu - along with Razia, the 'Aunt who Rocks' - are on their way to India's holiest city, Varanasi, to take part in a national quiz. But when a rare idol of a goddess is stolen from a temple nearby, they soon discover that there's more to puzzle out than quiz questions. And when a film crew rolls into town, the girls become entangled in a plot straight out of Bollywood.
Their quest takes them through the narrow lanes and beautiful ghats of an ancient city, encountering astrologers and godmen, heroines and reporters... and a rather charming young priest. Can the intrepid four outwit a bunch of clever criminals? Will Mandy ever become a film star? Will Jahan really have to change her name? Can the girls save the goddess before she is smuggled out of the country? Find out in STAR STRUCK - the second 'Foxy Four' adventure!
In the third of the Foxy Four adventures, Charu, Padma, Jahan and Mandy are at it again: solving mysteries, breaking the rules, dodging eagle-eyed gatekeepers, careening around in Aunt Razia’s car, and driving their school principal crazy!
Travel with our four feisty friends to a crumbling old haveli in Bhopal; to the Kalakshetra dance school in Chennai; pandal-hopping at Durga Puja; and crime-busting in the gullies of Old Delhi.
Each story is narrated by one of the girls. Mandy, the fashionista babe, reveals a surprising brain beneath that perfect hair. Padma may be a computer geek, but she knows a thing or two about classical dance. Jahan seems like the cool-headed type, but even she gets the shivers in a haunted haveli. And then there’s Charu, who everyone knows, is just destined to be a writer...
Rishabh the rat and Shashee the spider are quite happy with the way they are: rummaging around in Venkat Thatha’s wonderful, musty, dusty, rare herbs shop. Until, that is, they stumble upon a magical powder and find themselves transformed into human children.
It’s not easy being a kid: there’s school, and homework, wearing clothes and — yuk! — having to use soap… but even worse, their very home and the entire city are under threat from an evil moneylender and property dealer known as the Shark.
Can Rishabh solve the cryptic clues that lead to King Kempe Gowda’s fabulous treasure before the Shark can get to it? Will the vermin survive Ajji’s herbal pesticide attack? Will Shashee be able to spin her way out of this tangled web of intrigue?
With the help of other children, friendly cockroaches, cheeky mosquitoes, a very Big Bandicoot and a platoon of plucky rodents, they set out to prove that no problem is too big even for the smallest of creatures.
“These are exciting times for children, with fiction such as Monideepa Sahu’s Riddle of the Seventh Stone — a unique take on ordinary events and creatures that we take so much for granted, things that get extraordinary in her gifted hands.”
Following from huge success of Ghose's Tales of Historic Delhi , this is a fun-filled activity book for children from age 5 and up, featuring the popular cast of animal characters that Premola is famous for. A package of fun and education, the book is full of activities with simple instructions and information about Delhi, monuments and history.
This delightful folktale from Bhutan is retold by one of the country's leading writers, Kunzang Choden.
One day, a poor young orphan girl finds unexpected riches when she topples down a mousehole and is befriended by its charming occupant. But when a spoilt, rich brat tries to replicate the experience, her gifts are quite the opposite!
Along with Room in Your Heart, these charming picture books will make perfect bedtime reading for youngsters, and are beautifully illustrated with evocative watercolours of the Bhutanese landscapes and people by Pema Tshering.
An essential guide to the best Indian children's books available in the market.
An invaluable guide to some of the very best Indian children's books in English. From beloved classics to the latest publications, this book is a must-have one-stop shop for teachers, parents, kids, librarians, bookstores and indeed anyone interested in children's books. Conveniently divided according to age-groups from 0 to 15, the books have been reviewed by a range of readers, children as well as adults, who simply love that book and want to share their enthusiasm with others. In a list that has been extensively and collaboratively compiled by some of the leading experts, publishers, writers, booksellers and teachers in the country, 101 Indian Children's Books We Love, is sure to be a classic.
The guide is supplemented by essays by leading Indian language experts on children's literature in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and Malayalam, an essay on bilingual books by Radhika Menon of Tulika, extended entries on key figures such as Ruskin Bond, Satyajit Ray and Jim Corbett, and on the importance of early learning by leading UK book consultant Wendy Cooling.
"A gem of a book"-- Sanjna Kapoor
A hilarious, heart-warming novel from a brilliant new children’s writer.
The last place Chloe Jones wants to be is in Class Five of Premium Academy, New Delhi. That is, until a strange new girl shows up, another kid who doesn’t blend in. Divided by background, class, language, skin colour – you name it – Chloe and Lakshmi soon realise they have a lot more in common than meets the eye. With a little help from Chloe’s crazy mom, her prefect-perfect sister and a street dog called Kali, they discover that even a couple of misfits can change the world!
• Tackles some profound emotional issues – homesickness, not fitting in, finding (and losing) friends, family, social injustice/prejudice, popularity.
• First ever Indian kids’ book to deal directly with the Right to Education Act and inclusion of children from economically weaker section into mainstream/private schools.
• Questions and information on RTE at the back make this the perfect book for initiating classroom discussion.
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