Category: picture book reviews

Enchantico Box – A Books Subscription Box for kids

For most part, friends who come home for the first time ask me 1 very important question ” How do you select books for your kids, and what do you look for in a book? I can tell you that it is one of the most important questions and to answer it simply –  choose wisely. The books that are well – curated, intentionally picked and carefully thought out. What if, I tell you that even though you are not able to read every book in the market and the select the best for your kids, you can have some do it for you and not only that – curate an amazing Book- Based acitivity and put it all in a box and send it to your doorstep? You would say – “it is not as easy it sounds” eh? But my dear Moms and Dads – it is! With Enchantico Box!

E N C H A N T I C O . . I am super thrilled to get our little hands on the May edition of @enchanticobox . . To tell you the truth – I had my mind set in getting it for so very long. I love 💖 their book – picks and the curated activities are amazing. . . What is Enchantico? . A book subscription box for kids with related activity. Each box has a minimum of 2 books. An activity based on the book, a souvenir or something that will make the child excited about the whole experience of reading. The Box is available for kids from Age 5 to Age 12 years. . . Did you watch my LIVE video? [ I know I am blabbering a little – pardon me – I was so excited 😬] . . A video of the kids doing the activities followed by a blog coming up real soon. . . Don’t forget to watch all my Instagram Stories compilation about @enchanticobox right in the Highlight Section. . . I can not recommend this box enough! . . #SubscriptionBoxForkids #Picturebook #childrenbooks #booksubscriptionbox #booksubscriptionboxindia #enchantico #enchanticobox

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What is Enchantico Box?

A book subscription box for kids with an added book related activity. Each box has a minimum of 2 books. An activity based on the book, a souvenir or something that will make the child excited about the whole experience of reading. The Box is available for kids from Age 5 to Age 12 years. The boxes are available to subscribe for 3months to 12 months. You can also request individual boxes and they are sent out too!

Echantico Box

 

What’s inside Enchantico Box – May Edition ?

We were sooooo excited to recieve the May Edition for 5- 7 year olds and it had

  1. Mangoes and Mischief by Sreedevi Gopakumar
  2. Around the world with a Chilli [Pratham Books]
  3. The Tale of Babban Hajjam [Karadi tales ]
  4. DIY Maracas – All materials for this. This activity was inspired by The Tale of Babbn Hajjam
  5. A cute Badge/ Fridge Magnet
  6. A Book Card <3
  7. 3 Author cards [ for the 3 books]
  8. 1 Activity Card

I absolutely loved that there were pictorial instructions for every step. So it was easy for my kids to see and do every step!

The Maracas that the kids made were so adorable and are played with everyday. Anjie was able to remember that she had seen Maracas in her Music class and that her teacher used it like this – and she mimmicked her teachers action – which was so good to see <3

Enchantico Box – Pricing!

The Subscription, for a 3 months subscription – it costs around 3800rs Approx – which is honestly a fair pricing for the books and the Quality Activities that are Provided. I love their Book Choices a lot and here are some other things I noticed

  • The kids found it extremely fun that the box had special things for them alone.
  • The boxes are truly age appropriate and so are the book choices.
  • It reminded me that the kds truly enjoy book related activities.
  • When we were doing the activity – we talked a lot about the book and How Maracas were used. We also talked about where we had seen them and what other musical instruments we knew
  • the books are still beloved and Babban is truly loved.

Do I recommend Enchantico Box?

Yes, wholeheartedly recommend this box – and truth be told I just ordered my first box! I hope I can soon show you the box I chose because I loved it so. Also with the number of books being published not only Indian but foriegn – it is so good that someone does the work and chooses good – worthwhile books for you! I am so glad I got this opportunity to review – use and have fun with Enchantico Box.

 

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Book Love: For the love of a cat by Rosalind Wilson, Art by Wen Hsu

For the Love of a cat by Rosalind Wilson, with Art by Wen Hsu is published by Katha Books, Here is a Blurb [ Katha.Org ] –

A young man cycles into a town to find himself in the company of a lively little boy. He tells him fascinating stories of going far and wide on a bicycle. Enchanted, the little boy dreams of cycling away into distant lands… Can his dreams come true? Get away by this gentle story and discover how an act of kindness can change someone’s life.

A young struggling Painter loved his art and his cat! He would find work, and spend the money on his art supplies and food. When Winter comes, he tries hard to find work and fails miserably. The last morsel of food he buys, is so small he decides to give it to his cat.

But it is as if good luck shines on him, as a group of priest commission him to make a beautiful painting of their God Lord Buddha with all the animals in the Jungle, they placed just one condition in front of him. What’s the condition and what happens then after, you will have to read it to know!

 

for the love of a cat by Rosalind WilsonWhat strikes you as this book unfolds is the bold usage of colors and beautiful illustrations. The Illustrations comprised of paper cut patterns and figures on beautiful watercolor backgrounds! The story in itself is beautifully told, and keeps you turning the pages till the very end.

I wish we could have more books by Rosalind, who died young. I wish we could see more of the illustrations by Wen Hsu, because she has really captured the essence of the story with her master strokes which is a great companion to the subtle, heart-felt story! One of the lesser known titles, this is one of the gems we hold very close to our hearts!

The fact that it portrays cat [ yes we have one] and a guy who is loving towards his only companion – my son sees himself portrayed in this story and it is in some way gives him a sense of happiness! Buy it on Katha Books

Have you read this book or any other Katha titles you recommend?

Book Love : A Book is a Bee by Lavanya Karthik and Illustrated by Ruchi Shah

A Book is a Bee by Lavanya KarthikA Book is a Bee by Lavanya Karthik is a whimsical ode to books and what they mean to little children. Each verse in the book reminds you how reading books is this magical experience,

 

A book is a bee buzzing in your head with things to say.

A book is a tree with branches to climb to see the world around.

There are many such beautiful lines.

Is it not true that books take the kids and us into lands that are far off and they inspire ideas that weren’t there before. Books are such great companions and such great friends.

Watch the book trailer here

Illustrations by Ruchi Shah, beautifully adds to the text, a quiet beauty and makes it a visual masterpiece.

Can I just take a minute to talk about the Cover! Is it not eye- catchy and amazing. I totally love the look and feel of this book and is recommended for kids of all ages who love books.

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Bumboo – The Donkey who wouldn’t Budge by Sujatha Padmanabhan

Bumboo – The Donkey who wouldn’t Budge by Sujatha Padmanabhan

Do you know of a Donkey named Bumboo? He lives in Ladakh with his little friend Padma and her family! Bumboo helps Padma’s family in many ways and lives with many other animals in a pen next to where Padma and her family lives. Bumboo loves Padma and she him.bumboo

But Bumboo was different from other Donkeys, and Padma notices it first. Bumboo behaved oddly the minute Sun went down, he would just fall down on his knees whereever he is and wouldn’t budge from their till the next morning.

After an incident, Padma’s father calls Bumboo useless, and decides to sell him off because he is of no use to him. At the crux of losing Bumboo forever, Padma is desperate to find a cure for this when someone unexpected comes and gives her the cure.

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Did you know that this story is based on a true incident? That yes, there is a Bumboo, out there somewhere! The story is beautiful and inspiring. There is a freshness to this story that you crave for, and I bet you haven’t heard any version of this story anywhere. The love of Padma and her brother Nono, her Ladakh Life, food, festivals – all depicted with gorgeous illustrations, is a treat!

You feel you are transported to the Gorgeous place instantly when you open this book. The illustrations by Madhuvanti Anantharajan, are soft, heart – warming and such a feel-good – it spreads happiness!

From the minute, I got hold of this book, I have loved reading this book again and again! Published by Eklavya Publication, this book is the winner of “Best Picture Book (Story)” at The Hindu Young world Goodbooks Award! This book is ideal for 5 plus kids!

As we read this book, my kids always want to know more about Ladakh, we see gorgeous pics of Ladakh, and plan out our trips. But more than that we dream of having our own little pen full of animals and a yard with a tree that blooms with pink flowers, sigh!

This post is part of my BlogChatter A2Z Challenge, and the theme of my posts Indian Picture Books from A to Z. You can read my 1st post - The Alphabet of Animals and Birds by Prabha Mallaya!

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Alphabet of Animals and Birds by Prabha Mallaya

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Source – Prabha Mallaya’s Site

I have spent the entire day wondering what I could do for the A to Z Challelenge! I had a long time to prepare, but I was so undecided and just as I was about to give up, [ like the universe decided to send me a secret message ] I saw Kung Fu Panda 3! And after that bout of wonderful motivation – I am here to talk about Prabha Mallaya’s absolutely Delightful book The Alphabet of Animal and Birds.

Prabha Mallaya is an illustrator and comics creator! And even though she has illustrated many books. The Alphabets of Animals and Birds is her first book!

Prabha’s love for animals permeates off the sketch-board to your soul. She has a knack of capturing the various expressions of dogs, cats, jungle cats, hens, gorillas and even humans, the ‘social animal’. An engineer turned illustrator/artist, she is a prolific graphic novelist and an alumnus of BITS Pilani, IIT Kanpur and SCAD!

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This book is NOT just about animals and birds from A to Z but also their Collective names! Did you know a group of crows is called a MURDER of crows? [no, I did not! ]

 

Or that a group of squirrels is called a Scurry [ahhha!!] and what’s a group of Snails called? Don’t know look down! There are some magnificent illustrations in this book, and the choice of the Animals and Birds is just amazing!

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Is that a fantastic book or what?

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The Alphabets of Animals and Birds is an amazing debut! And Prabha Mallya bagged the award for the best picture book-illustrations for ‘The alphabet of animals and birds’ published by Red Turtle, 2014!

 

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Poem Book Review : Poems for the very young Selected by Michael Rosen, Illustrated by Bob Graham

Hello friends, today with talk about this beautiful and fun Poem Book for the little enthusiasts, because everyone deserves to have some fun. So taking inspiration from The girl who loves her songs, here is one of her first #PoemBooksforKids!

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To market, to market, to buy a plum cake. .
Back again, back again, baby is late. .
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Back again, back again, market is done.
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This compilation of Poems are selected by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Bob Graham! And there are poems about everything and anything. There are small poems of 4 lines alone and there are big ones, with repeating texts. There are rhyming poems and non rhyming ones too. There are at least 100 poems by acclaimed Poets and some Poets, I haven’t heard of too. The art work is fun to see, and some of the poems are like reading tongue twisters, and yes we had a few laughs trying to get them right 🙂

Acclaimed Poets and writers like Eve Merriam, Jack Prelutsky, Eleanor Farjeon, Margaret Mahy, Robert Louis Stevenson and Langston Hughes are a delight to read in this volume! And their poem are perfectly illustrated by Graham.

Do you like reading poems?
Honestly – I don’t!
But poems help teach rhyming words. Experts say kids are able to repeat a rhyme with rhythm faster than anything else. We learn new words and it’s so much fun. .

Have you read fun poems to kids, which is your Favorite!?

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Book Love: Glitter Pup & Little Unicorn by Jo Boon

Book Love: Glitter Pup & Little Unicorn by Jo Boon

Glitter Pup & Little Unicorn By Jo Boon, Illustrated by Tina Toth

Series of Children’s Adventure Stories

Available on Kindle!

This is the first story in the series, ‘The Glitter Pup & Little Unicorn’. A series of children’s adventure stories – gender neutral & inspiring confidence!

Once upon a time, in a magical far off land, there lived a glitter pup. The glitter pup came
from a long line of glitter puppies who had magical fur that sparkled and shone. Glitter pup was one of the 5 siblings and like almost all siblings they fought , and Glitter Pup runs away far off from it’s home.

Finally Glitter pup finds itself alone in the forest with no way of getting back when it sees a Unicorn, who helps the Pup to understand its feelings.Glitter Pup & Little Unicorn

A lovely books for Siblings, and I love that it is gender-neutral, and that the author has been very careful to keep this book positive, to help reinforce the fact that it is ok to be upset, but it is not ok to run away from a sticky situation. Small kids have such big emotions, and to help them understand how to handle it and work with it so important, and this little book helps kid understand the power of sorry.

Reading POV, I found that the book is a easy read for 6 plus, and can be read to kids 4 plus. The illustrations are adorable and beautiful! And the story uses simple to read texts and easy words, and it is a good early reader! Aarya found the illustrations really cute and he could easily read the story. Anjali loved the Unicorn specially <3

Glitter Pup & little Unicorn is available on Kindle to buy and also availble on Kindle Unlimited! I am sure the little kids will truly enjoy this book ! This is a series, and now we are eagerly waiting the rest of the books in this series!

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Books on Gandhiji for kids

Books on Gandhiji for kids

It is Bapu’s Birthday today, so it is fitting to talk about Books on Gandhiji for kids! Our generation has no idea what it took to gain Freedom, we take it for granted all the time. Sensitizing our kids to the struggle and to the life long teachings of our Great Leaders. Today is a day when I am going to talk about Gandhiji, and his important work and teachings. In today’s world, his teachings are even more important than ever.

I am going to talk about Books on Gandhiji for kids that we have and some that are on our Wishlist!!!

Grandfather Gandhi by [Gandhi, Arun, Hegedus, Bethany]
Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegadus

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi talks about how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light . A powerful book for young kids, who need to learn to tackle “Anger”! This is my favorite book for 4plus crowd, because it teaches them and us how to “work with anger”!

Synopsis

How could he—a Gandhi—be so easy to anger?

One thick, hot day, Arun Gandhi travels with his family to Grandfather Gandhi’s village.

Silence fills the air—but peace feels far away for young Arun. When an older boy pushes him on the soccer field, his anger fills him in a way that surely a true Gandhi could never imagine. Can Arun ever live up to the Mahatma? Will he ever make his grandfather proud?

In this remarkable personal story, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, weaves a stunning portrait of the extraordinary man who taught him to live his life as light. Evan Turk brings the text to breathtaking life with his unique three-dimensional collage paintings.

Be the Change by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus

Another one penned by Arun Gandhi, this one talks about the very famous quote by Gandhiji ” Be the change you wish to see in the world“. This series is my favorite books for young children (4 plus)

Synopsis

In this breathtaking companion to the award-winning Grandfather Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, tells a poignant, personal story of the damage of wastefulness, gorgeously illustrated by Evan Turk. At Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset, with work that is done for the good of all. The villagers vow to live simply and non-violently. Arun Gandhi tries very hard to follow these vows, but he struggles with one of the most important rules: Not to waste. How can throwing away a worn-down pencil hurt anyone? How can wasteful-ness lead to violence? With the help of his grandfather, Arun learns how every wasteful act, no matter how small, affects others. And in time he comes to understand the truth of his grandfather’s words: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

 

Picture Gandhi (English)

Picture Gandhi by Sandhya Rao

Sandhya Rao is one of our very favorite authors and this very unique book from Tulika Publishers is an amazing and different perspective to the traditional Gandhiji books! There are so many colourful elements, Gandhiji’s words and somuch more. This is a visual treat and makes learning about Bapu, a beautiful and amazing affair. This book is recommended CBSE reading material!

Synopsis

Who was this man who so mesmerised the world, born almost a century ago but whose words and wisdom are still so current, so compelling? Films, plays, books, media images and news stories bring him regularly into our homes. The UN has declared his birthday, 2nd October, the International Day for Non-Violence. But how do we make his life relevant to a child of today? How do we tell his inspiring story so that he isn’t just part of a history lesson? PICTURE GANDHI does this by heading off the beaten track and following Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi himself, in spirit as much as chronology. The author views him with affection, but sparely, guided by what he himself valued most truth and love and what was important to him. Visually, too, the book enhances this perspective. Thought bubbles paraphrase Gandhi’s words and peep into his mind. Colourful hand-done elements add interesting extensions to old black and white photographs. PICTURE GANDHI attempts to shake off the aura and offer a close and intimate glimpse of a man of our times, a man for all times.

 

 

My Gandhi Story (English)

My Gandhi Story by Nina Sabnani, Ankit Chadha Illustrated by Rajesh Chaitya Vangad

A visual treat this book fis from another one of our Favorite authors! Another gem from Tulika Publishers, this one is such a unique take on Gandhiji’s story, that each 2 page layout is a frameworthy piece of art!

Synopsis

Everyone has their own story of Gandhi — and in this book a Warli artist, a storyteller and an animation filmmaker come together in a unique collaboration to bring a very visual story of Gandhi to children.

 

 

Mohandas Karamchandra Gandhi by Aditi De

This Scholastic series about Great personalities is a good read for older and confident readers. The story told through comics style, captures and tells the story of Gandhiji beautifully!

Synopsis – Read about the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as The Father of the Nation. Presented through both comics and text as part of Scholastic’s Great Lives series, this book takes a look at the life of one of India’s most daring, driven and radical personalities ever.

 

 

Gandhi for Kids – His Life and Ideas

Another activity book that I have been eyeing for the longest time! This is a book that is packed with activity ideas for kids along with historic images and lot of tit-bits about Gandhiji’s life!

Synopsis

With his wire-rimmed glasses, homespun cloths, and walking stick, Mohandas Gandhi is an international symbol of nonviolence, freedom, simplicity, and peace. Tracing Gandhi’s evolution from a shy boy in India to a courageous, world-traveling spiritual and political leader who worked tirelessly to help India achieve independence from England, Gandhi for Kids will inspire young readers to make connections between his ideas and contemporary issues such as bullying and conflict resolution, healthful eating from local sources, civil rights and diversity, the “reduce, reuse, recycle” movement, and more. Kids learn about Gandhi’s important impact on the lives and work of Martin Luther King Jr., Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai, and other modern heroes, yet come to understand that he was also a complex man who struggled with personal conflicts, disappointments, and idiosyncracies. Packed with historic images, informative sidebars, a time line, glossary, resource section, and 21 creative activities that illuminate Gandhi’s life, ideas, and environment, Gandhi for Kids is an indispensable resource for a new generation of change makers. Kids can: make a traditional Indian lamp called a diya; practice anti-consumerism or vegetarianism for a day; create a henna hand design; learn some basic yoga poses; and much more.”

 

 

I am Gandhi by Brian Meltzer

One of the book that has been on my wishlist forever! And absolutely love this seres on great leaders by Brad. This one is a book and a series to look out for!

Synopsis

Gandhi’s peaceful revolution is the focus of this picture book, part of the inspiring New York Times bestselling biography series about heroes.

As a young man in India, Gandhi saw firsthand how people were treated unfairly. Refusing to accept injustice, he came up with a brilliant way to fight back through quiet, peaceful protest. He took his methods with him from South Africa back to India, where he led a nonviolent revolution that freed his country from British rule. Through his calm, steady heroism, Gandhi changed everything for India and inspired civil rights movements all over the world, proving that the smallest of us can be the most powerful.

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of
America’s icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.

 

 

Who was Gandhi? by Dana Meachen Rau

Another Biography for 9plus readers. Great for research for older kids! And great reading material.

 

Synopsis – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1869 in British-occupied India. Though he studied law in London and spent his early adulthood in South Africa, he remained devoted to his homeland and spent the later part of his life working to make India an independent nation. Calling for non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights around the world. Gandhi is recognized internationally as a symbol of hope, peace, and freedom.

 

 

A Taste of Freedom – Gandhi and the Great Salt March by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

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Synopsis

No one ever forgets their first taste of freedom.

Gandhi’s famous Salt March shook the foundations of the British Empire and the world, showing the strength of a people united in peace to fight for freedom. Gandhi’s march had a significant effect on changing world and British attitudes towards Indian independence, and inspired the use of non-violence in other protest movements, like the US Civil Right movement. You’ll never forget Elizabeth Cody Kimmel’s heartwarming, insightful account or Guiliano Ferri’s stunning illustrations of the event seen through the eyes of a child inspired by Gandhi’s vision for a better world.

 

 

My Gandhi Scrapbook (English)My Gandhi Scrapbook by Sandhya Rao

This is just another amazing concept from Sandhya Rao! Another gem of a book from Tulika Publishers, making Gandhiji life into a beautiful visual journey. And with enough space to fill your own thoughts too. Love this s a gifting option too <3

 

Synopsis – My Gandhi Scrapbook is just that – a scrapbook. It has pictures cut and pasted. comments thrown in, something copied from somewhere, random thoughts, quibbles and scribbles…Like a very visual, personal diary. Or a kaleidoscope, where bits and pieces come together to form patterns – especially fascinating when the subject is Gandhiji. The exciting format offers unusual perspectives on a most amazing man, while the headings tell their own zany story. Did you know that Gandhi loved comics? That he would make ‘pudding’ with powdered chapatis? Now these are some quirky bits that aren’t in the book. Add them in, or anything else you like – for in the spirit of scrapbooks, this too is incomplete, with empty pages and spaces waiting for you!

 

 

Books on Gandhiji for kids

I hope you enjoyed reading about Books on Gandhiji for kids! Have you read any of these books, or do you have favourite Books on Gandhiji for kids?

Let me know!

BOOK LOVE – Mangoes and Mischief by Sreedevi Gopakumar

Mangoes and Mischief by Sreedevi Gopakumar

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

Synopsis-
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.

Mangoes and Mischief by Sreedevi Gopakumar

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.

Mangoes and Mischief by Sreedevi Gopakumar

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?


Anjali reading “Mangoes and Mischief by Sreedevi Gopakumar”

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

Mangoes and Michief by Sreedevi Gopakumar
Aarya reading “Mangoes and Michief by Sreedevi Gopakumar” for Anjali

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