We happened to go to an author interaction at one of the book stores in Bangalore and and though we couldn’t stay for too long, we bought this book that was on our list to be read.
Thankfully it was a right decision to get it home. Bookasura by Arundhati Venkatesh, published by Scholastic is one of those books that fuels up kid’s imagination.
Taking a cue from Bakasura monster who is narrated as a story to kids, bringing them glimpses of Hindu mythology, Bookasura is of one such monster who instead of eating lot of food or people, devours books.
The story is fun, imaginative and on Bala who is sent to his grandma’s home. His pasti( grandma ) in Tamil like many other real life grandparents enjoys cooking and feeding her grandchild.
On a vacation away from his home, Bala comes across Bookasura and he’s eaten quite a number of books belonging to the young boy.
The story is a good read for 6 to 9 year olds and almost reminded of characters and sequences from Malgudi days. The narrative is simple storytelling and a good read.
If you have a kid who enjoys reading books, perhaps it’s time to make him or her read this too. The author through the story lists down popular stories by other authors like Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson or The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle( all these are eaten by the demon Bookasura) and it’s good to go through the list to remind ourselves how many have we have read.
Mums and Stories gives it a 4.5 on 5