Free Press Journal

From The Dragon’s Toothache to The Tiger Who Came to Tea: Books to help your little ones grow


Title: The Dragon’s Toothache

Author: Annie Besant

Illustrator: Rayika Sen

Publisher: Karadi Tales

Price: Rs 399

What could be stranger than a dragon’s toothache? A motley crew comes to the rescue of a dragon in pain, but does it manage to help him? Annie Besant’s quirky text and Rayika Sen’s imaginative illustrations make this book a joy to read over and over again.

Title: The Meet Zippy Activity Book

Author: Anitha Balachandran

Publisher: HarperCollins

Price: Rs175

Join Zippy the zebra and his friends as they learn life lessons and discover the world around them in a series that promises to be fun from start to finish. In ‘Meet Zippy’ the first book in the Zippy series, join Zippy and his friends for their first big adventure! Meet Chikki, Reebo, Rippy, Rollo, Deepu, Cheenu, Giri, Ela, Toto and Jiya as they make an amazing discovery in the playground! Following the adventures of Zippy and his friends will encourage young children to develop an interest in books, language and reading.

Title: Dada’s Useless Present

Author: Nalini Sorensen

Illustrator: Allen Shaw

Publisher: Karadi Tales

Rs: 250

Dada may be celebrating his 82nd birthday but he still considers himself spry, until a seemingly thoughtful gift from his son tells him otherwise. Nalini Sorensen beautifully captures the spirit of aging grandparents who refuse to cede their independence. Charming watercolour illustrations by the hugely talented Allen Shaw enliven this buoyant tale. Dada’s Useless Present also won the Jarul Book Award 2018.

Title: The Tallest Tale

Author: Anushka Ravishankar

Illustrator: Chetan Sharma

Publisher: Karadi Tales

Rs: 250

Sometimes, people tell tall tales just for fun… Bundal was one such person. He spent his whole day telling tall tales – until one day, someone told a taller tale than him. Can you guess what this tall tale was? Anushka Ravishankar’s funny tale about a tall tale is colourfully illustrated by Chetan Sharma.

Title: The Danny and the Dinosaur Storybook Collection

Author: Syd Hoff

Publisher: HarperCollins

Price: Rs 499

Danny and the Dinosaur fans will love this paper-over-board storybook collection that features all the best-loved stories starring Danny and his prehistoric pal—now in one volume! Join these beloved friends as they go camping, celebrate a birthday, and so much more. This collection features the full text and art for Danny and the Dinosaur; Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur!; Danny and the Dinosaur Go camping; Danny and the Dinosaur: Too Tall; and Danny and the Dinosaur and the New Puppy.

Title: The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Author: Judith Kerr

Publisher: HarperCollins

Price: Rs 350

Share in fifty years of magic… This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary tea-time guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published fifty years ago. The Tiger has been coming to Tea for 50 glorious years! Celebrate this incredible anniversary with this special celebration edition of the classic story in paperback. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger! This inimitable picture book is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again. First published in 1968 and never out of print, it has become a timeless classic enjoyed and beloved by generations of children. The magic begins at teatime!