We’ve all heard the adage that beauty is skin deep. But then, why do many of us still look out for solutions only in external cosmetic products and treatments? If you want better skin and hair, the first place you should go to is your kitchen! Glow by Vasudha Rai dives into indigenous wisdom and emerges with some easy-to-follow and tried-and-tested ‘manna’ for great skin, hair and health!
Excerpts from our conversation with Rai…
You have been involved in writing about the beauty industry for a long time. What are your observations about the change in attitudes towards natural authentic beauty treatments and products over the course of all these years?
I think the treatments are broadly the same, but what has really changed is the attitude towards beauty. There is a lot more acceptance now of the way we look. Beauty is also more diverse, which means that a lot more of us are considered beautiful, instead of just that typical ‘gori-chitti’ aesthetic. In terms of products, there is a slew of natural beauty brands that have entered the market. It’s like a green revolution of sorts. However, in the next few years the brands will be filtered down. Only the ones that are scientifically formulated and are extremely effective will remain.
You have divided the book into the four pillars of beauty—vitality, clarity, radiance and peace, and then put different natural foods under each of these heads. This is indeed a new and original way to look at beauty. What inspired this approach?
I was a bit tired of the upside-down approach that we had for beauty. Skincare, makeup and facials are all great. However, true beauty begins from within – with good health and a great mindset. Writing on beauty for more than 15 years I have seen that outer care is a temporary fix. We have to be cognizant not just of the food we eat physically but the thoughts that we feed into our minds. Vitality stands for energy and strength: When we eat and live to be healthy, great skin and hair are just a side effect. Clarity is a real need these days – especially because adult acne is a reality, because of stress, poor diets, pollution etc. Radiance is the main tenet of beauty and I have chosen brightly coloured fruit, leaves, flowers and seeds for this section. But, for me the ultimate pillar of beauty is peace. Without peace, looking good is just superficial. When we are calm and peaceful there is an inner radiance that is magnetizing and there is no cream or facial that can replicate that sort of glow.
Can you talk about the research process that you undertook for this book? I understand that there were trials you undertook as well!
I wrote the book in four drafts (before I submitted it to Penguin). First, I wrote what I knew from experience. Then I looked at scientific studies to find new data and support my claims. The third layer was the precious knowledge that my experts generously shared with me. And finally came the recipes and recipe testing. My neighbours are now used to seeing me in weird face masks just walking around! Some of them know that I’ve written a book, while others think I’m a bit crazy!
One of the points that the book brings out is that many traditional fruits and vegetables which many of us may have enjoyed in our childhood are just disappearing from the scene. This surely points to something simmering that we are not aware of. How can one bring back and preserve, or rather reclaim what is authentically ours?
One way to do that would be to create a demand for our local fruits and vegetables. We must reduce the consumption of imported berries and other stuff because firstly they are unnecessarily expensive, and secondly, they spoil easily because they have been stored for too long. Lastly, God knows what they have been injected with to stay fresh for so long! Also, instead of shopping at the supermarket, go to your mandi, shop with the local subziwallah, support local businesses. It all begins with one person – just ask for local over imported and slowly, the demand will increase. Educate your friends and family to do the same.
Just as a quick takeaway for our readers… Which natural product would you use for the following?
Many people do want to go back to the ‘roots’ and our rich heritage of remedies for health and beauty. However, within the spectrum of ‘natural’ beauty products we are flooded with options in the market. What advice would you give consumers for distinguishing between what is authentic and what is not?
I would always say do a lot of research and see if the ingredients have been extracted using the best methods, and then formulated by a scientist. People don’t understand that natural ingredients can be very volatile and need to be balanced by someone with a degree in cosmetology. I believe in balance – I love eating clean, applying home-made hair oils and masks, but equally I love a good face serum or a dermatologist-office treatment. We can preserve our heritage and yet take advantage of the products that are modern and effective. We don’t have to choose between one or another.
It’s time to begin the journey to good skin and hair. Are you ready to bring on the inner glow?
Author: Vasudha Rai
There are three things you can’t get back once you have lost it- trust is the first, innocence is the second and childhood, the third. Some people are lucky to have a prolonged childhood that continues well into adulthood, while some have their childhood stolen from them even though they are still children. Early memories play a vital role in the shaping of human personalities and provide a skeleton for the kind of adults we will be.
Manoj V Jain’s Dystopia is the story of five school friends who reconnect after decades and attempt to resolve why a dear friend killed herself at eighteen. The book is set in the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai and is centred on a single night at one of the friends’ house. Regular flashbacks take you to different points in time giving the narrative some perspective. While there are five characters in the book, the central character of the book remains the guiding spirit of Dystopia. The spirit has a strong voice that adds depth to the story and gives the reader an insight into the minds of each character.
Jain has divided the story into two parts- Shambala, the idealistic and dreamy world of adolescence and Dystopia, the dark and angst ridden reality. Dystopia is described as an alter ego of Shambala where every dark facet of one’s personality is brought to the fore front and given the freedom to express itself. However, sometimes the voice of dystopia is extremely jarring and one begins to hope for better editing of the story. There are too many sudden sputters to the narrative thus obstructing the flow.
As with any murder plot, the end is a shocker and takes you by surprise. The reason for Anandita’s death is the final piece of the puzzle, but yet the story somehow feels unsatisfying. Dystopia is a good read for those grappling with childhood pains, growing up, teenage angst, role identities and parenting but one should be careful that the book does not end up being a trigger to past problems.
Author: Manoj V Jain
Publisher: The Write Place
Though the RSS was established in 1925, it had its share of ups and downs, particularly after independence when the organisation began to be looked at like a pariah. Well, Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, was a former member. Other developments also led to the RSS being looked upon as a threat by the then dominant political party. However, like the proverbial phoenix, the RSS has not only risen in the past two decades, but evolved considerably. And, it is this evolution which is the focus of The RSS: A View to the Inside.
It is natural for people to be interested in the activities of the RSS today. After all, the ruling party, the BJP is a political affiliate. Indeed, one of the major concerns of the book is also to explore the relationship between the RSS and the BJP, in the context of changing times. The authors are not new to the RSS. Their first book, The Brotherhood In Saffron: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh And Hindu Revivalism, published in 1987 also explored the Sangh. Now, they build on that information and present the bigger picture, thirty years hence.
The authors focus on how RSS is placed in the context of today. As they put it, “The India of the twenty-first century is radically different from the India of the past and that has had an impact on the RSS, on both its membership and its policy orientation”. Hence the book seeks to explore this evolution against the backdrop of a changing India.
The book consequently discusses “the willingness of some senior figures to reshape the Sangh, ideologically and organisationally, to win mass appeal in a changing India”
The book provides a glimpse into how the decision making of the RSS takes place in view of the fact that it has many affiliates often with opposing ideologies. Indeed, this is a strand that appears all through the book in the varied chapters, each of which focuses on a specific area. The treatment of conflicting views within the parivar has been described in an interesting and lucid manner. For example, the path of FDI liberalisation is a contentious issue, with the government clearly supporting it and the BMS, an RSS affiliate labour group as well as the SJM (a national lobby advocating economic self-sufficiency, again set up with the help of the RSS), opposing it.
It explores the reasons why, despite policy differences, the RSS and its affiliates have displayed remarkable cohesiveness. What are the specific systems and values in place that ensures this? The authors take a detailed look at the growing affiliates of the RSS. Today, they reflect a growing diversity and thereby also a conflicting interest within the RSS. Understandably, this presents new challenges to the RSS as well. While it has avoided destructive factionalism within its affiliates, there is a well-run machinery behind it that ensures the same. The book discusses briefly how the sangh manages this and how this could continue given the constantly changing social and political scenario in the country.
There are many aspects of the RSS and the through different chapters the book attempts to present a holistic chapter. While the affiliates and the interrelationships of the different affiliates with the RSS features strongly in the content, the book also studies the emergence and current status of the RSS on other issues. It gleans over the role of the group overseas. The chapter on “Indianising Education” talks about the foray of the RSS into education through affiliate Vidya Bharati. It discusses the links with the Muslim Rashtriya Manch which is an experiment in including Muslims within the RSS fold, the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, the stand of RSS on China (and how it sees BJPs approach to Indo-China relations), the contentious ideology of ghar wapsi and cow protection and the dilemma of Ayodhya. Through select case studies the authors analyse the change in the sangh and its evolution. The book also attempts to address some vital questions such as the meaning of hindutva according to the RSS.
This book would be of interest to those interested in knowing inside stories of what really makes huge social and political groups survive, thrive and grow. The academic orientation of the book and the fact that it is steeped in research adds to the authenticity. It is also a book that has a wealth of information on the RSS itself, including many important nuggets that may not necessarily be common knowledge.
The book, in my opinion presents a picture of the RSS as a huge family with several branches and affiliates, where, intra-parivar coordination committees “serve as a forum where the participants can sort out differences behind closed doors and work out compromises rather than take their disagreements to the press and to the streets”.
The RSS: A View to the Inside is an academic account supported by references and written after a scientific scrutiny. It is also peppered with personal observations, independent research and case studies to support what the authors purport.
It relies on several references and case studies and draws from recent news events (such as post 2014 general elections where BJP emerged as the winning party). For example, the chapter describing the increased involvement of the RSS in policy making analyses minutely the speech made by Bhagwat on Vijayadashami for clues about the RSS views on crucial policy matters. Or, it discusses the involvement of the RSS in education by talking about steps taken by the HRD ministry for the revamping of the Indian education system so that the essentials of Indian culture are reflected in curriculum of schools across the country.
The RSS: A View to the Inside presents the RSS as an agile organisation that has moved with the times and increased its reach within the Indian society through a well-managed system of affiliates. It presents a comprehensive story of the evolution of the RSS since inception in the context of key issues that matter to our country.
The authors play more of a descriptive role, occasionally casting a critical eye on the issues they discuss. The RSS: A View to the Inside, will introduce interested readers to the inner workings of an organisation that is growing in size and reach.
Authors: Walter K Andersen and Shridhar D Damle
As children, all of us have indulged in colouring activities. Well, growing up and colouring books apparently did not go well together for many years, until recently when the market saw a surge in colouring books for adults. Suddenly a whole new world opened up. Adults found the therapeutic benefits of simple colour pencils and intricate drawings. Gods and Goddesses of India by Kanika Gupta adds to this exciting world of colouring books for adults.
Bangalore based illustrator, Kanika Gupta, has explored a very novel idea in the genre of colouring books for adults. This eye-catching therapeutic colouring book – Gods and Goddesses of India, captures the essence of deities worshipped in Hindu mythology.
Kanika Gupta’s expertise in doodling and detailing simply adds on to its beauty. Rest assured, getting your hands on this creative piece won’t just give you an insight into the oldest religion of the world, but the vibrant colours and mesmerizing patterns will help you connect with your divine self!
Detailing is my addiction! I can’t stop once I start drawing, so that’s a style that I have developed. The process was tricky, as it’s a little sensitive to go all imaginative with the Gods. I felt a little restricted at the same time. However, here there are no limitations as well. These Gods have 100 hands, 10 heads and so on, which makes drawing them a fun process! The process was first to shortlist the Gods, as there are so many and each is very interesting. I found shortlisting them the most challenging thing!
Hence, I took to a sequence, with Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. With Vishnu, I made the ‘Dashavtar’. Along with these three Gods were the corresponding Goddesses. I ended with Hanuman as he is said to be immortal, sort of depicting that creativity doesn’t die.
With a couple of references, I drew basic skeleton figures. Once stratified, the inking starts which gets tough to control. I had to tell myself stop the detailing and make it a little simpler for colouring!
I have always seen my mom write “Ram” as part of her meditation practice. This made me think: Why not do a colouring book on this theme? If you can write the Gods name, why can’t you colour his forms?
It’s nice to know a little about what you colouring!
They definitely heal a certain part in you. I run a colouring club on Sunday in a blissful park in Bangalore. people who come to colour there definately feel at ease and relaxed. You are so engrossed in making something beautiful , you are one pointed ..that is mediation
It’s sort of a compliment and a feedback- many have said the book is so pretty that we don’t feel like colouring it and spoiling it! What touched me was that an old client of mine has ordered books for her mother who is 70+ and her friends, and they have been colouring diligently with all the details!
I guess it’s the need. Anything that destresses is popular as in today’s world everyone is so stressed. A lot of people have been focusing on physical health which is good. But now, they do realize its time to give some attention to your mental health as well!
This colouring book for adults is Kanika Gupta’s second colouring book. Well, it’s never too late to experience the healing and creatively motivating effects of colouring.
Gods and Goddesses of India by Kanika Gupta
Published by Bloomsbury
Inspired by his own cello teacher, he sees the book as a way children and music lovers can forge a link with the great composers by getting to know them as friends.
In this book, Isserlis introduces us to six of his favourite composers: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Stravinsky. All of them have produced beautiful music that plays on till today and will do so for eternity.
He narrates interesting anecdotes from their lives. I was highly amused to read that Bach threw his wig in a fit of rage at a player who did not play well. Or that, Beethoven did actually throw the stew at a waiter, again in a fit of rage! Consider this passage that describes the child genius Mozart, whose father Leopold often took him and his elder sister Nennerl to give concerts in faraway places:
The children gave concerts everywhere-usually starting with Nannerl playing difficult pieces brilliantly, and then being upstaged (poor Nannerl) by her little brother. He would not only play equally difficult works – even if he’d never seen them before- and duets on one keyboard with his sister (quite a novelty for those times), but would make up on the spot huge pieces based on tunes suggested to him by the audience. People didn’t believe that he was really doing it all without any preparation; they kept trying to catch him out- they’d spread a cloth over the keyboard (a strange thing to do but they did it anyway), smile knowingly at each other, and wait for little Wolfgang to make a fool of himself. It didn’t work-he played just as amazingly as before.
The language and style is very witty and informal. You would be forgiven to think that you’re actually having a chat with an old friend. There is a lot of text…packed with really useful information. If children are okay with reading more text, they can surely enjoy the book on their own. It is also a great tome to share with an adult and read jointly.
The lively black and white line illustrations provide a perfect accompaniment to the text!
What I like best about the book is the way it sees the masters of classical music as human beings with their share of strengths and weaknesses. We know their music as great, but their lives were often far from perfect. They battled poverty, insecurity, psychological problems and many other issues. This book presents them as regular humans who were obviously great composers.
I also love the way Isserlis has brought out the psychological problems faced by some of the composers, who suffered from specific disorders. It has been described in a gentle manner for it to be relatable. Take for example the following passage which introduces Robert Schumann (who was diagnosed with psychotic melancholia). The reader gets an inkling that not all is right with him, but this is done in a subtle manner.
The trouble with him was that he was never normal; either he was so happy that he could hardly speak, or so depressed and miserable that he couldn’t speak at all. In fact, speaking in general wasn’t his strong point. Once, for instance, he wanted his new symphony performed, so he went to see his friend Ferdinand David, a violinist and conductor. The two men sat opposite each other for an hour or so, while poor Mr. David tried to guess what it was that Schumann wanted. When he finally guessed, he agreed to perform the symphony; Schumann was delighted, and made gestures to show that he’d willingly pay the musicians himself. Having been that communicative, he obviously felt he’d done his bit; he sat back in silence, smoked two cigars (Schumann loved cigars), tried to say something (but nothing came out because he kept wiping his hand over his mouth at the crucial moment) and then got up to leave.
Indeed, Isserlis brings the composers alive in an irresistible manner that can’t fail to catch the attention of any child whose ear has been caught by any of the music described, or anyone entering the world of classical music for the first time.
Witty and informative, touching at times and at times plain hilarious, this a book you cannot miss if your child is deep into music. If they have a ear for music, you gotta have an eye for this book!
You can buy it from Amazon by clicking the link below. Just in case you are too bowled over by it, and still want more, there is another book that follows this one: Why Handel Waggled His Wig.
The main theme of Between the Lines, where one of the fictional characters falls head over heels in love with the reader would make every bibliophile and book lover’s dream come true! This happens to be my very first Jodi Picoult book and I adored it. I just couldn’t put it down and read it in two days’ time. Apparently there is a sequel to this book which I am going to borrow from my library ASAP.
Between the Lines is a light romance with a lot of plot twists that keeps the reader’s attention till the end. The characters are interesting and real to life–well almost. The story about how a handsome prince falls in love with a teenage girl who is the reader of his fiction world is magical, captivating, and alluring. The tender moments of this book are precious.
The climax is out of this world and something that I personally would not have been able to crack, so kudos to Jodi Picoult, and to her lovely daughter Samantha. The magical fairy tale world of Prince Oliver is as captivating as the regular high school life of Delilah.
By the way, this is actually a Young Adult story, but I only realized it after I picked it up from the library. However, it’s brilliant not only for a teenager but also for an adult reader who once in a while ‘likes to get lost in a good book.’ My congratulations to Samantha van Leer for coming up with such a marvelous idea for a book. It’s a great story and yet the reader is made to feel as if it was no trouble at all to think of this idea. Genuineness radiates greatly from this book and has forever made me a Jodi Picoult fan.
I remember when I was a teenager reading Richard Bach’s books and wishing that one day Richard Bach would suddenly materialize from the middle of his book and fall in love with me, and then I would have a boyfriend of my own caliber. If you’ve ever had that thought too when you were reading a book of your favorite author or a character that you liked a lot, then this is the book for you.
This story has a lasting appeal which can’t remain enclosed ‘between the lines’ of the book. It’s a book you will be recommending to people for a long time to come!
This book has been reviewed by Fiza Pathan and was first published on her blog www.insaneowl.com.
Lend Me Your Ears: The Puffin Book of Elocution Pieces, edited by Terry O’Brien, is supposed to help students who are working on their elocution skills. While it surely accomplishes this aim, it does much more. It brings the best literary gems across genres and authors to the discerning reader. This is a book that any book lover will cherish!
But, coming back to its stated purpose- communicating effectively is a skill that is undoubtedly quite essential in survival kit of mankind. One of the formal ways of developing and assessing these skills is by elocution. Remember those elocution competitions at school? Or those very popular speech and drama classes that almost every child does nowadays? We have all heard various speeches but only some of them really stand out and entrench themselves in our minds and hearts.
Lend Me Your Ears presents a collection of poetry and prose that will add spice and meaning to your speeches. These are not merely run-off-the-mill pieces. Each one has been carefully handpicked and curated for its potential applications to public speaking.
The book starts off with a comprehensive checklist of how to improve and build on public speaking skills, including how to select the right piece. It is then divided into varied sections.The section on poetry presents a collection of well known poems from the annals of literature. It also elaborates on specific points to consider while reciting poetry. Appreciation of a poem is a prerequisite to understanding it completely and incorporating it in a speech or as an elocution piece. Hence, before each poem there is a short background note that aids understanding. From the evergreen “IF” by Rudyard Kipling, to poems of the English Romantic poets right through the Indian literati such as Tagore, Sarojini Naidu and the very beloved Ruskin Bond, it has enough to ponder over!
What I like best is the “Kiddies Corner” which has a selection of poetry especially meant for children. Leave behind the notion that poetry must be esoteric, and revel in these gems for children, coming from the best poets across ages.
Terry O’Brien has picked true gems from known classic works by American and English writers. There are excerpts from Indian writers as well, and that’s quite welcome!
Of course, when we talk about public speaking how can we forget famous speeches that have captivated generations so far? Many political speeches fall into this category. These historic orations by world leaders such as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, John Kennedy and so on, will remind you of the time when political leadership truly inspired change through the power of words.
The prose section also has a ‘kiddies corner’, that follows the main prose selection of essays, independent features and short stories by well known writers. These are humorous or philosophical pieces that resonate with a wide group of readers.
Elocution and drama are overlapping and related. The last section comprises of extracts from well known plays. Shakespeare obviously takes centre stage here! Anything that has to do with good language must include Shakespeare, and the book has charming selections from the bard’s works.
Lend Me Your Ears took me back to some very pleasant memories of studying literature at school and college. It reasserted the belief that words do make a difference and that the ingredients of powerful speeches can be found amidst the beautiful world of literature! Lend me your ears is a handy book that provides for interesting reading, definitely for young readers who seek to build on their public speaking (and writing) skills, but also for older children and adults. In my opinion you could safely add it to the collectible list!
Lend Me Your Ears: The Puffin Book of Elocution Pieces, edited by Terry O’Brien
Penguin Random House India (5 July 2017)
Art transcends the boundaries of age. It is never too early to introduce works of great artists to children. This is why we love the Mini Masters series of board books for children. The aim of this particular series is to introduce impressionist painters to toddlers (and parents for the uninitiated!)
Each title in the Mini Masters series pairs simple verses with some of the most famous paintings in the history of art.
We often assume that great art requires very advanced interpretation skills. This could not be farther than the truth. The Mini Masters series brings famous Impressionist Painters to the minds and hearts of very young children.
Each book is centered on one painter. Authors Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober have successfully paired the beauty of the impressionist paintings with rhyming verse. As you turn the pages, there is a painting on each page and a little rhyme connected to the painting. Each new page reveals a new painting and the verse that connects all the paintings together till the end describes each painting in a fun and lyrical way.
Little children love rhyming lines. They love looking at pictures as well and these books combine the two things seamlessly.
A look at some of the individual books in the series:
In A Picnic With Monet, Claude Monet’s light filled paintings take the children on an enchanted picnic, right into the artist’s flower garden.
In The Garden With Van Gogh takes a look at his countryside paintings with enriching rhymes.
Dancing With Degas explores the magical world of ballet dancing complete with the toe shoes, tutus and of course, the ballerinas.
A Magical Day With Matisse visits his bright and vibrant works.
Each board book is sturdy enough for the curious little hands that will explore it! The names of the individual paintings are not given on each page, but at the end.
The Mini Masters series of books is a charming and lyrical introduction to art. It is the best way to introduce children to great paintings of the world, and some really spectacular artists!
Do share your experiences with the series (or other similar books) in the feedback section below.
Sonia Mehta, who has been writing for children for over two decades, brings the saint back to life in Junior Lives: Mother Teresa. This book is the first title in a series of illustrated biographies created for young readers. The aim of the series is to get to know our world heroes better.
This book sets a great example for the rest of the titles to follow. Mother Teresa’s life is narrated in form of a story. This is something that always works with children. It traces the story of Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, the young girl from Albania who transformed into the beloved Mother Teresa, the epitome of humanity.
Written in a very engaging way, it is packed with little-known facts which make it all the more interesting. Speckled with stories and incidents from her life, the book aptly takes the reader through the saint’s childhood, her decision to become a nun, her tryst in India and her work with the poor. It ends with her journey to sainthood. It thus presents in a simple and easy-to-read manner the story of one of the most important people who ever lived!
The illustrations make the book lively. There are several side-boxes and side-bars that highlight additional explanatory information. Hence, this does not break the flow of the story and at the same time gives a lot of background information that is relevant to the story. For example, in the chapter on Mother Teresa’s decision to become a nun, the side-box explains in a lucid manner the different steps involved in the process of becoming a nun. In another chapter that describes the caste-system in India, there is a diagrammatic representation of the same.
Besides the interesting trivia presented throughout the book, there is a selection of quotes and a timeline at the end, illustrations of commemorative stamps, as well as a list of resources used by the author for the well-rounded research.
In all, Puffin Books India’s Junior Lives: Mother Teresa is a great way to get young readers to know about the saint!
Puffin Books India
Author: Sonia Mehta
Illustrator: Aditya Krishnamurthy
Books let us live and explore places we have never seen before. They make us experience situations we might consider impossible. In all, books allow us to live many lives all at once. Here are some books that will take children for a very enchanting ride! Read on…
Age Group: 5 to 6 years
More often than not in life, we don’t value the things we have. We value them only when they get lost! Something similar happened to the royal teddy bear, Gilbert! Rosie, the little princess, thinks she’s not so little anymore and ought to stop playing with the teddy. But, the teddy is lost! Did someone steal Gilbert? What will Rosie do?
What we love: We love how Rosie and Gilbert, through their friendship, teach us to value things that we own in our lives, in a beautiful manner through the book.
What kids will love: Kids will love Gilbert, the teddy bear, and his adventurous journey of meeting new friends and traveling across the city. They will love the quirky and funny illustrations in the book.
Age Group: 5 to 6 years
This book is about Rufus, the monster who absolutely loves dancing. He is invited to the Grand Ball at The Glittering Palace. However, there’s one problem. He has two left feet and that creates a mess while he dances with other monsters, leaving him with no partner. Finding a partner in time for the Grand Ball is going to be very tough. Does he find a partner in time? Does he go to the ball alone?
What we love: We love how Rufus, with all his differences, learns to accept himself and heads to the Grand Ball.
What kids will love: Kids will love the monsters and funny illustrations that play as part of the book. They will also love Rufus’s dance moves.
Age Group: 7 to 8 year olds
Now, do you know who a pirate is? They are evil pillagers that ride stolen ships. Well, you know what a baby is? A cute little cuddly ball of love! But wait! What’s this talk about a pirate baby? Is this a cute and cuddly baby or a misinformed pirate? And who’s Marge? And what are Marge, Jemima and Jake going to do next? Find out in Isla Fisher’s ‘Marge and The Pirate Baby!’
What we love: We love how Marge, the babysitter, manages her job at handling the annoying baby, Zara, and we love how, no matter what, she sticks to her job.
What kids will love: Kids will love the hilarious antics that baby Zara pulls to keep Marge on her toes all the time.
Age Group: 7 to 8 year olds
Now, have you ever met someone with an annoying laugh? Like a guffaw HAHAHAHA or a screeching HIHIHIHIHIHI? Doesn’t it make you wanna run away? Well, that’s exactly what Shnipp, the dog, did. She disliked the way Julie and Lark and Sadie laughed all the time. It was so annoying that she ran away and then met an incredibly kind lady who fed her bagel on a daily. But, Shnipp now misses home and wishes to go back. Will she be able to find her way back home to Julie and Lara and Sadie?
What we love: We love the play of words and the definitions given in the book for kids to better understand a much BIGGER word.
What kids will love: Kids will love the foxes that Shnipp comes across when she’s out and about. They’ll absolutely love Shnipp and her serious cravings for bagels!
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