Free Press Journal

From Meet Zippy to What Maya Saw: Books to help your little ones grow


Meet Zippy

Author: Anitha Balachandran

Publisher: HarperCollins

Price: Rs. 199

Leap into this activity book with Zippy the zebra! Zippy and his friends – Chikki, Deepu, Toto, Ela, Jiya, Giri, Cheenu and Reebo — will take children through a wide range of fun activities that link up with the concepts introduced in the story. A fun book simply popping with games, puzzles, drawing and colouring activities. For ages four to eight.

Lost in Time: Ghatotkacha and the Game of Illusions

Author: Namita Gokhale

Publisher: Puffin

Price: Rs. 250

Young Chintamani Dev Gupta, on holiday in a bird camp near Lake Sattal, is transported via a wormhole to the days of the Mahabharata. Trapped in time, he meets Ghatotkacha and his mother, the demoness Hidimba. But the gentle giant, a master of illusion and mind-boggling rakshasa technology, wields his strength just as well as he knows the age-old secrets of the forest and the elemental forces. And in his enlightening company, Chintamani finds himself in the thick of the events of the most enduring Indian epic. An intense yet tender look at a rare friendship as well as the abiding puzzles of the past, this is a fascinating read.

Boy No. 32

Author: Venita Coelho

Publisher: Scholastic

Price: Rs295

An explosion brings down the orphanage that is home to Battees. Buried in the debris, he realises that something impossible has happened. Someone has got inside his head. It’s Goongi who cannot speak. Battees identifies the terrorist who blew up the orphanage and he obviously wants the only eyewitness dead. Goongi becomes Battees’s companion as they plunge into a mad adventure—an encounter with the Eunuch Queen, being captured by the Beggar King and seeing the dirty underbelly of Mumbai city. Does Battees manage to save himself from the terrorist and bring him to justice? Will Goongi ever be able to speak? They must find a way out of this dangerous cat-and-mouse game.

Bad Dad

Author: David Walliams

Publisher: HarperCollins

Price: Rs. 399

Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are fat ones and thin ones, tall ones and short ones. There are young ones and old ones, clever ones and stupid ones. There are silly ones and serious ones, loud ones and quiet ones. Of course, there are good dads, and bad dads… A high-speed cops and robbers adventure with heart and soul about a father and son taking on the villainous Mr Big – and winning! This riches-to-rags story will have you on the edge of your seat and howling with laughter. Bad Dad is a fast and furious, heart-warming story of a father and son on an adventure – and a thrilling mission to break an innocent man into prison!

Author: Shabnam Minwalla

Publisher: Harper Collins

Price: Rs299

Almost from the moment Maya steps into St Paul’s College, she is afraid. Everywhere she goes, she encounters questions and secrets. Not to mention the Shadows – a bunch of drop-dead gorgeous students who she realises will do anything to keep their youth and beauty. Even kill. Maya wants no part in this sinister adventure. She would much rather be shopping for shoes, munching brownies and shedding her geeky image. But the teenager soon finds that she doesn’t have a choice. Only Maya can see the Shadows for what they really are. Only she can unravel the trail of clues laid long ago by a dead priest. Which is why both the forces of good and evil need her so badly. Unsure about whom she can trust and believe, Maya launches into a clue hunt across Mumbai – and in the process, learns about love, friendship and growing up.