BOOK LOVE – Mangoes and Mischief by Sreedevi Gopakumar

Book – Mangoes and Mischief
Author – Sreedevi Gopakumar
Illustrator – Sahitya Rani

Malu and Moidooty find themselves in a pickle for stealing mangoes. And what must they do to get out of trouble? Find many, many more mangoes.

Malu and Moidutty are thick friends. And all they do during their Summer break is play, eat, repeat.

But one day, Moidutty starts craving for luscious Mangoes, so our spirited Girl in-charge takes it upon herself to find them some mangoes promptly.


But to their surprise there is someone who lives in the trees who gets mighty annoyed at being disturbed.

Who is that someone?
And what are the consequences of this? And what do they have to do to get out of this situation?


We are so glad we got to read this totally yummilicious book.

Mangoes and Michief by Sreedevi Gopakumar

We cannot help but draw parallels here ( please humour us). A mango loving boy, Moidutty aka Aarya, and a spunky little smart girl aka Anjali who is the mastermind behind the muddle they get into <3

I have had a childhood spent stealing Mangoes and sharing the bounty with the Moms so that they could make delicious dishes all through summer for us. So there was an instant connection💕

The kids loved reading the story. Aarya could easily read the whole story without my help. Full points to the Author for keeping the words simple, and the story adventurous and perfect for both boys and girls.

I instantly was transported back in time, to my childhood days and I wish I could go back in time ❤️

This book is perfect as a read aloud for 3 plus and amazing as an early reader too

The illustrations are so perfect and totally capture you in immediately. I love love love and have featured a few for your to savour and enjoy 💕

I LOVED this book a lot and recommend it wholeheartedly <3 and so do my kids 🎉

And the icing on the cake? I have a GIVEAWAY GOING LIVE ON MY INSTAGRAM PAGE.

YES! 2 Lucky Little Monsters get a chance to win copies of this fabulous book. So, go and enter right away 🌷🌷🌷  

You can Buy Mangoes and Mischief by Sreedevi Gopakumar on Amazon

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Play Shifu Space Explorer Box – Review

Play Shifu Explorer Box
Play Shifu Explorer Box

After we tried our Play Shifu Travel box and had loads of fun, we decided to try Play Shifu Space Explorer Box! We are having a lot of fun with our Play Shifu Space Explorer Box, and here is our review of it!


Unravel the Cosmic Mysteries with the Play Shifu Space Explorer Box!! 

And as expected after our great experience with Play Shifu’s Travel Box this was super hit with Aarya, we had a field day with his favorite Space Box

We have been using PLAY SHIFU’s SPACE EXPLORER box for 3 weeks now. . . And I declare this to be our favourite box. Aarya and me are both amazed at all the information that we had no clue about !!

Play Shifu Space Explorer Box
What’s Inside – Play Shifu Space Explorer Box

Tell you the truth it is a challenge when information is so scattered on the internet you have no idea how to collate it and use it to educate your space – enthusiast 🙄. But with Play Shifu Explorer Box, it is easy, convenient, educational but fun. .

Play Shifu Space Explorer Box is-

💥 Augmented reality enabled educational game for kids.

💥 for 5 plus Space – loving kids .

💥 mobile / handheld device based learning game. You need WiFi/ internet just once to download the app. .

💥 There are 60 cards full of amazing information, exploring Space related phenomena, missions, personalities and so much more. All at the tip of you fingertips .

💥 Visualise, know and understand Space 🚀 related equipment, solar system , important personalities and much more. .

💥Learning made fun with its interactive approach


What does one learn from Play Shifu Space Explorer Box –

Play Shifu Space Explorer Box
Image created using Play Shifu Space Explorer Box App
  1. Solar System
  2. Universe
  3. Space Related Technology
  4. Space Explorers


How do I use it with my 7year old –

  1. I let him explore on his own a couple of times, So that he gets familiar with it.
  2. We take a card, like he has, solar eclipse to study for his EVE. We watch how solar eclipse happens; then we hear about the details of it. Visual Learning is so much more effective and easier for the little minds because they learn by visualizing what actually happens as opposed to reading about it.
  3. We also learn spellings, see how equipment work and learn more about many prominent Space Explorers.

All in all, Play Shifu’s Space explorer box is amazing, challenging for my kids, and packs a lot of information. It is travel friendly, and can be taken anywhere and the best part it is when I am using it, I do not NEED Wi-Fi after the installation.

Play Shifu Space Explorer Box is a great Box for kids and a great gifting option as well.

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5 reasons I ditched Reading at Bedtime

The usual thing for me to do with Aarya when he was a small Bub was to lie down on the bed with him on my hand, with 1 or 5 books and have a Gala time reading all the books. This was our time together and we both loved it. Enter Little Ms. Sunshine, and I had 2 kids, 5 to 10 books, 2 arms with 2 heads and no idea how to hold the book. They wrestled, whose book would be read first while I try to balance everything which in the end toppled on one of their heads. After doing this for days, I DTCHED READING AT BEDTIME

2 kids

5 Reasons I Ditched reading at Bedtime

  • It was STRESSFUL

    Reading at bedtime was supposed to bring us together but in a way it was becoming a bedtime battle in our home. my routine of putting baby Aarya on my hand and cuddling and reading lend itself to an idea that we could read only like that. Which means when I tried to tell him to lie on a pillow, even at 6 he would think Mom is giving Anjali a preference by putting her on the hand. Having both of them on my hand was painful and I just couldn’t find any comfort in it. So at the end of the day I was dreading bedtime 🙁


  • Too Many books

    I realised much to my distress that there was some kind of silent competition going on. If Aarya chose 2 books, Anjali had to read 3 and so on. Seriously at the end of the day, who wants to spend so much time reading so many books. Here we were spending precious time debating which one to read. it always ended in disappointment


  • I was always TIRED 

    It wasn’t the reading, honestly. it was the fighting, the choosing, the making them understand. my goodness, it was so TIRING. I just did not want t deal with it at he end of the day


  • They seem to always be distracted 

    I am not sure if it is the sum total of
    trying to WIN, or what; but I saw a surge in them trying to spoil each other’s experience. There was also the fact that Aarya found Anjali’s choices boring, quite understandbly he did not want to read other counting book, or another toddler book.


  • We were always DISAPPOINTED

    It is given right, with so many reasons, I was always on edge and irritated even before we were done with the 1st book. Most of the time, I just tell them I am done and we are all so angry, disappointed and just plain not happy.


When this happened every time I tried reading to them, I decided to ditch bedtime reading. I do not have a bedtime routine yet. But we shifted our reading to other times.

I read –

  • in the morning, when my 3 year old wakes up all cranky, I have a book ready nd she is instantly interested in the book and not in the tantrum which she was about to explode into.
  • in te afternoon, after school.
  • in the evening when my 6 year old is back.

So we read anytime during our day and I don’t lie down anymore. I sit on the sofa, or sit on the floor or whatever suits us. We do it together only if we are reading a book that both of them fancy reading. But most of the time we do one-on-one reading. Anjali has her own special bedtime story session with her father, and thats something she loves. This is her alone time with her Dad, much like Aarya has his time of playing cricket with his Dad.



I also think limiting reading to bedtime is not fair! Because there is only a little time window there, reading should take up more time. It should be more fun and not a battleground <3 <3.

So, when do you read to your kid? How does bedtime reading work for you? Do you have a bedtime routine, do share <3

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