Most children love stories about monsters and, in this book, they encounter many kinds. The story is about a journey of being free of fear. What makes the book even more interesting is that Yumum, who encounters various monsters, remains unperturbed. The captivating illustrations support the text, lets the child’s imagination run wild and brings the adorable yet strange creatures alive.
The book is well thought out and projects a child’s feelings and emotions accurately. It allows the reader to imagine themselves in various scenarios and ask themselves how they would feel. What makes the book unique is that it has room for readers to feel differently in the same scenario. The book has a global appeal, the text flows effortlessly and the illustrations are magnificent.
This wordless picture book speaks a million stories and is based on a theme common in the lives of most children. The book creates many stories from one. The detailed illustrations paint a real picture of the first day of school, a memorable event for most children. This is a fun book for children to engage with. Being wordless, it is accessible to several kinds of readers.
Here is a story of a day that starts sunny, turns stormy and rainy, and all this through compelling and bold sketches. The book is sure to have the reader’s heart. And it is likely that readers will return to the book, time and again, and each time find something new. The narrative has the ability to connect with the reader’s world, their days of sun, storm and rain, and who knows, it may even encourage them to pick up a pencil and start sketching!
The book is a telling through clues of where the tiger is, as you imagine the animal roaming the jungle. It keeps the reader guessing where the big cat is, while also getting a glimpse into how you track wild fauna. The watercolour illustration is gentle, soft and warm. Children may be enthusiastic about the outdoors and animals after reading this book.
This story about refugees highlights their painful journey of losing home and hope, of living with several uncertainties without family, familiar neighborhoods, known cultures. The refugees are often left questioning where they belong. The illustrations add beautifully to the story and support the questions it raises about the meaning of home and hope, of belonging and being.
The book addresses the real and palpable fear of a riot with much sensitivity and subtlety. This is a must read in today’s predicament of uncertainty, violence and injustice that enter the lives of children, directly or indirectly, in the garb of social media. The role of the adult in unpacking this book for children is vital. The book offers great scope to begin a dialogue about fear, anxiety and what lies within experiences.
This is the story of Earth, then and now. The book presents the relationship between beast, land and humans. It flags the global warming and climate crises as a result of human greed, leading to a fissure in the ecological chain. It reiterates how natural resources have been misused and may nudge the reader to wonder who the real beast is. The book is very timely and a must read for all.