This Children's Day, I wish to bring back the memories of our childhood or go back to being a child ourselves with a most awaited & a memorable book review. Introducing Children's Day Special edition.
HAPPY CHILDREN'S DAY!
AWESOME FRIENDLY ADVENTURE - By Rowley Jefferson
When anxiety hits in, I grab books primarily written for kids to bring back the sheer good old pure happiness. Here in this book, Rowley Jefferson enters into the mind of a kid who starts writing fantasy mixed with an adventure story. Ronald's attempt to write a story is the same as I used to write on the back of my school notebook with my bestie while constantly negotiating the plot. With many colorful characters from pixies and trolls to the one-eyed monster and Santa Claus and Dracula made it a big hotchpotch, but that's how a kid's mind plays. Their imagination goes to the moon and stars. While the adult me finds it very silly but the kid inside me had a lot of fun reading it. The moral of the story is that my nephew is going to grab some good books to read the next time that he visits us.
THE FINAL ADVENTURE - By Professor Shonku
You see when I was asked to review this book I was jumping with joy cause my childhood getting introduced to me in a new and fresh way. “Professor Shonku” do all sorts of things while making my imagination go wild. I remember how I was up late at night simply because I was on an adventure with him. The power of Satyajit Ray's writing is so strong that even though things didn’t exist but I could visualize them scene by scene. If you watch any of his movies you can find how he gave importance to the minutest of the details.
Something I always find is how regional works get lost due to the lack of translation or even worse improper translation. When I was reading the book I kept checking if I felt the same as I felt reading the original text. The answer would be a NO but the efforts the translator has put into it can be clearly seen. I loved how she went to lengths in sketching up the plots. I liked the refreshing nature the book brought back and definitely would recommend reading.
The Boy, the mole, the fox, and the horse- By Charlie Mackesy
It’s impossible to say how impactful certain writings can be, every line of it is like a comforting hug from your partner, reassuring you that everything is alright even when you are battling hard with stormy emotions. There’s a little boy, a bit scared and a lot curious like our inner child, a mole as lively as the beautiful spring flowers, a fox who seems to be hard from the outside yet has a heart that can melt ice into a dancing stream and a horse who’s like a big brother, always supportive but has his own fears and doubts. So soothing, yet so valuable, these words teach lessons of life, without overburdening minds. It leaves me with awe how these very lines told me that life is made up of equal shares of fears and curiosity, lights and shadows, all that matters is what we choose, and that there’s always a missed opportunity but then there is something waiting for you too in the journey, except the only rule is to never stop. Ever since I received this book, I turn up to any random page every night, and there is some beautiful line waiting for me with an equally peaceful illustration. This book is truly for everyone, a child will find meaning in their own way so will someone in their 70s. At times I pause and let these words sink in me, they feel so personal as if they’re written exclusively for me.
A perfect cozy read during this suffocated time, More Than Marmalade fills the mind and the heart of the reader with hope and sunshine. Seeing the world through the eyes of a curious child and watching him and his thoughts modify as he grows up into an adult is an experience altogether. The parts where Bond talks though about world war and bombs and children who lost their homes and family yet still giving a ray of positivity that a better future is waiting for us makes me feel the same as we struggle through this global crisis that one day all of these will be over and things will become normal again. In a way, it was reading a biography of the creator of the famous Paddington bear but the events narrated in a storytelling manner made it more engaging.
The Ant and The Pigeon- By Leo Tolstoy
My first book, The Ant and The Pigeon dates back to the time when I was 6 months old, and my aunt gifted this watercolor illustrated book. The pages have turned yellow yet this book holds the most special place in my heart. This is what my childhood looks like, rather should I say both of mine and my sister's childhood. There's any particular reason why our parents showered books on us, it was the most spontaneous relationship between books and us. Books fascinate me, back then and even now behind their reds and blacks spine, they hide a whole world ready to be explored I can actually write endlessly about growing up with books.