Book Love: THE PLEASANT RAKSHASA by Sowmya Rajendran
The Pleasant Rakshasa
story : Sowmya Rajendran
pictures : Niveditha Subramaniam
Blurb: Karimuga is a rakshasa, a pleasant rakshasa. He is a beautiful rakshasa too. But that makes all other rakshasas jealous of him. Karimuga can’t bear to see them unhappy…
Sowmya Rajendran inverts our ideas about beauty, happiness and rakshasas with humour and a light touch. Niveditha’s quirky pictures have little and big rakshasas romp through the pages, in pinks and purples, blues and greens, adding to the fun.
I have been eyeing this book for quite sometime. Aarya is scared of the *imaginary* monsters he has in his mind. This book didn’t look much scary, had gorgeous illustrations and a good message I was sure Aarya would pick it up, the minute he saw it. So I ordered (along with 4 other books). The books arrived and funnily enough, Aarya did not even look in its direction. Even after a week, he did not want to read it. Then one day, I just gently asked him, if he would like to see the pictures at least? He said a blunt NO! Disappointed…really doesn’t capture the feeling; I just did not understand. So I started reading the book to baby ( who loved the colors (she tried to eat the book on more than one occasion). This worked, because he started *listening*, the slowly seeing the book from a distance to actually coming near to me when I read it.
It is not his favorite book, it is about monsters you see. But it is a good book, and it is unlike any book we own. I really like the way Sowmya cleverly refocuses our view on what real beauty truly means. It is really difficult for kids this young to really understand what inner beauty means, bu the author presents it to her young audience with elan and ease. I am sure I am going to add many more titles from this author to our shelves!
Because I loves this book a lot, and wanted for Aarya to get over his fear of monters in general… we did this fun, simple and lovely activity.
Adorable Monster stone puppets!
**Inspired byMister Maker on CbeeBies
What you will need:
- Some Rocks – we had 5, I bought these from the guys who sell plants and fertilizers on the road side.
- Paint – I used normal paints
- Googly eyes
** Paint your rocks your favorite color. you can never guess, aarya’s favorite color.
**If you have the patience, then let them dry on one side and then the paint the other side. I skipped the other side, but Aarya painted the whole rock blue. Again..you have to let it dry.
**All the pleasant monsters in the world need some nice designs, go ahead pink is a good color for that.
**LET it dry, please.
**Add googly eyes. Pom-poms for hair and nose. You will need to let it dry for sometime, or use a glue gun!
**Draw your teeth on a piece of paper and cut it out (you can totally make out which teeth’s aarya drew) and paste.
Tada!!! All set to be awesome paper-weights for gifting. Work well for singing the 5 Little Monter song too!
Here the nursery rhyme for you 🙂
Buy The Pleasant Rkshasa from Tulika books.
Please Note – The book is purchased by me.
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