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From Till the Clouds Roll By to The Little Ninja Sparrows: Books to help your little ones grow


Kiddies Corner: Where we suggest some fun reads for our young readers

Prankenstein: The Book of Crazy Mischief

Edited by: Ruskin Bond, Jerry Pinto

Publisher: Talking Cub

Price: Rs 299

Is your school a hotspot for jokes? Do your family members regularly fall victim to pranks? Do ghosts and spooks get you into trouble? Find every kind of funny, crazy, impossible mischief in this book. Selected by Ruskin Bond and Jerry Pinto, these stories have been written by some of the best children’s writers of the country, including Sukumar Ray, RK Narayan, Ranjit Lal, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Paro Anand, Bulbul Sharma and many more. As an added bonus, watch out for brand new stories by Ruskin Bond and Jerry Pinto, too. It is a delicious treasure trove of trouble and will have every mischief-maker plotting that perfect prank!

Till the Clouds Roll By

Author: Ruskin Bond

Publisher: Puffin

Price: Rs 250

A couple of years after his father’s death, 10-year-old Ruskin travels to Dehradun to spend his holidays with his new family. As he reacquaints himself with his mother, now remarried and with a busy social life, his stepfather and new siblings, a pensive Ruskin longs for his father’s company, his stamp collection and the old gramophone. Trying to escape this unfamiliar place, he immerses himself in books and explores the forest glades, canals and bazaars of the little town, forming some unlikely friendships on the way. After the much-loved Looking for the Rainbow, the master storyteller lends another backward glance at his boyhood years-a vacation that took place over seventy winters ago-remembering his days with rare humour, remarkable charm and twinges of heartache.

Flipped: Funny Stories/Scary Stories

Author: Various

Publisher: HarperCollins

Price: Rs 225

The Flipped Anthology series gives you two themes, two covers and two sides to open the book from… and you get to choose. Now you don’t need to keep a book away if you don’t like a story or a theme, you only need to flip the book over and start reading again! Contributors include: Sowmya Rajendran, Sampurna Chattarji, Jane De Suza, Payal Dhar, Adithi Rao, Chatura Rao, Shabnam Minwalla, Devika Rangachari, Nalini Sorensen and Lubaina Bandukwala.

My First Book of Money

Authors: Ravi Subramanian and‎ Shoma Narayanan

Publisher: Puffin

Price: Rs 199

Everything you wanted to know about money but never asked the grown-ups. They say time is money. But they never really tell you why. They say money doesn’t grow on trees. But they don’t tell you where it comes from. Aman and Anya are as clueless about cash as you are. Then, they start asking questions. Egged on by clever Dadi and forthcoming Mom and Dad (who want nothing to come in the way of their children and knowledge), Aman and Anya learn what finances are really all about. So go ahead! Read on for a rollercoaster ride through the world of money.

The Little Ninja Sparrows

Author: Ranjit Lal

Publisher: Talking Cub

Price: Rs 250

Chiddy and Gouri, two baby sparrows, are bullied mercilessly by their elder siblings. They are so traumatised that they absolutely refuse to learn how to fly. Instead, they run away, kindly assisted by Breaking Wind—a jovial breeze. But they quickly discover that the world is an unkind place; they are trapped, dyed red, caged and sold off. Will they ever be able to return to their families? And will they finally realize that being a bird means being able to fly free? In this delightful book, Ranjit Lal reveals the incredible drama that flourishes among bird and animal lives in the gardens and parks all around us. Clever, funny and full of non-stop adventure, The Little Ninja Sparrows is about finding your true place in the world—whether human or sparrow.