Hot reads in kiddies’ corner: The Whistling Schoolboy by Ruskin Bond, The Story of Krishna, more

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May 24, 2015 1:30 AM

From a fascinating quest to explore the realms of science and technology to a colourful retelling of Krishna’s life, these books will keep your child’s creative juices flowing this holiday season

Children booksFrom a fascinating quest to explore the realms of science and technology to a colourful retelling of Krishna’s life, these books will keep your child’s creative juices flowing this holiday season

Reignited: Scientific Pathways to a Brighter Future
APJ Abdul Kalam & Srijan Pal Singh

Will robots take over the world? When will we meet aliens? How are memories stored inside the brain? Join APJ Kalam on a fascinating quest to explore the realms of science and technology, its extraordinary achievements and its impact on our lives in the days to come. Co-written with Srijan Pal Singh, this book features exciting and cutting-edge career paths in areas such as robotics, aeronautics, neurosciences, pathology, paleontology and material sciences. The result of extensive research, this book offers a plethora of ground-breaking ideas that will make youngsters think out of the box this holidays.

The Whistling Schoolboy and Other Stories of School Life
Ruskin Bond
Red Turtle

What better time to read about school than the holidays? Here is a collection of stories about school life that will make going back to class less painful. These are incidents from the author’s own life, when he was a shy, quiet boy in boarding school, who chose the library over the football field, and was known as the best cook among the boy scouts. Read about beloved and eccentric characters like the strict Mr Oliver, Miss Babcock, the school nurse, and the principal who once went missing. Get the shivers at the strange and wonderful happenings at school.

Nayanika Mahtani

Who doesn’t want to read about a summer adventure, if not have one? This book presents an exciting tale about the battle between man and nature. Gadget geek Tara (aka the Wii Wonder at school) braces herself for the dullest summer ever when her banker-turned-photographer father whisks her off to a sleepy tiger reserve in the Himalayan foothills, where nothing ever happens. She couldn’t have been more wrong. A stroll through the woods sends Tara on an adventure of a lifetime, as she stumbles upon an international gang of poachers.

Queen of Ice
Devika Rangachari
Duckbill Books

Didda, princess of Lohara, is beautiful, intelligent—and lame. Despised by her father and bullied by his heir, Didda’s childhood is miserable and her future bleak.When she is married off to the dissolute ruler of Kashmira, she must learn to hold her own in a court ridden with factions and conspiracies. But Didda is no ordinary queen. Ruthless and ambitious, she wants to rewrite history. Will she succeed? Queen of Ice is a compulsive read that brings alive the turbulent history of 10th-century Kashmir with an exquisite balance of fact and fiction.

Clean Bowled! Butterfingers
Khyrunnisa A

What Amar, aka Butterfingers, really wants is to hold a cricket match to honour the memory of Colonel Nadkarni. Meanwhile, the principal wants the teachers of Green Park School to be more healthy and active. And so, Amar playfully writes a proposal for the teachers of the junior and senior schools to play a match against each other—which actually gets accepted. What follows is a roller-coaster ride of adventure, intrigue and madness! Sure to shake up the long, boring summer afternoons.

Looking: Glass Girl
Cathy Cassidy

Alice nearly didn’t go to the sleepover. Why would Savvy, queen of the school, invite someone like her? Now, Alice is lying unconscious in a hospital bed. Lost in a wonderland of dreams and half-formed memories, she’s surrounded by voices—the doctor, her worried friends and Luke, whose kisses the night of the fall took her by surprise. When the accident happened, her world vanished—can Alice ever find her way back? Girls will surely love this adventure.

The Adventures of Stoob: A Difficult Stage
Samit Basu
Red Turtle

Stoob is in class VI and his days of childhood are over. He has discovered his inner star and is all set to take Hollywood by storm, but first he has to audition for a part in the school play based on the hit children’s TV series, Teen Rama Adventurezzz. Unfortunately, the channel executive, a villainous Suit, casts him as a table. Fortunately, there are wheels within wheels and he ends up playing the Rakshas Hero.

Kenny Wright: Superhero
James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts

Kenny Wright is a sixth-grade ‘grandma’s boy’ in a tough inner city school, struggling with bullies, schoolwork and keeping his detentions secret from his ‘G-ma’. Though in his active imagination, he’s a world-famous superhero, Stainlezz Steel, who fights crime, saves lives and rescues helpless animals. But now, Kenny’s neighbourhood needs him—can he step up in his real life and help his ‘G-ma’ save the best school principal he’s ever had?

The Story of Krishna
Malay Dayal
Red Turtle

Spot Krishna in the crowd, count the sea creatures, name the animals. Activities of this kind add to the enjoyment of this simply written retelling of Krishna’s life. Beautiful, colourful illustrations bring alive his battles with various demons, his victories and the war between the Kauravas and the Pandavas.

Timmi in Tangles
Shals Mahajan
Duckbill Books

Timmi’s life is full of tangles. Her mother expects her to go to school even though she’s a raja, Idliamma eats up all her idlis and everyone thinks Timmi ate them and why can’t people understand that if you have a giant for a friend, you can lift the roof to let the rain in? Kids can revisit this favourite book this holidays.

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