Book Review: Moin The Monster Songster

Monster!! A name that will move the child’s hand automatically towards the book on the shelf…Which  curious being wouldn’t like to delve into innocent monstrous stuff! Think from the child’s point of view. A very smart name for the book. It seems the author Anushka Ravishankar has caught the right note where the children’s curiosity is concerned.

So the child has already chosen that book from the mountain of books before him…
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Now let’s see whether he gets motivated enough to peep inside the book. So the child starts flipping between the pages and he gets booknapped …literally caught between the pages of the book!

This book is about Moin and his monster friend and it revolves around the funny anecdotes of their adventures. A monster with a jester’s heart! He wants purple toe nails, he wants to flatten himself into any shape…. and lots more of such weird wishes popping out from the monster’s mind. This monster is a great pal of Moin…and after reading this book every child would dream of having a monster pal. This monster seems to play by the rule book!

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Monster Rule No.197 – There is no such thing as work
Monster Rule No.7 – A monster can eat anything he likes

So don’t be surprised if your child throws up such rules on your face…well but you are his parent… You can always outsmart him. So I would advice you too to read this book and take my word for it…you will be rolling with laughter! And you can always the comb the book for smart and convenient Monster Rules like

‘Monsters cannot lie’ or ‘Monsters cannot make rules’ 😉

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Well, did I mention that this laugh-out-loud book is a sequel  to Moin and the Monster. So now you can get your kid read 2 books at a go! And he will get hooked to reading! Believe me!

Kudos to the author Anushka Ravishankar for an amazingly written book. It really catches the fantasy of the child and transports him to a world of innocent amusement.

Age Recommendation-  6 years and above

Book Review: The Womb of Brahma

This book is full of intriguing cosmological adventures. It is an amazing journey of 2 astrophysicists Anu and Naren; rather ‘amazing’ is an understatement. It is an exhilarating journey into the space, cruising amidst different planets and stars and galaxies and then falling back into the throes of ancient history. This book must have required an extensive research not only upon the subject of Astrophysics and Space Science but also upon ancient history and Hindu mythology. Kudos to the author for that.

I really liked the author’s concept of narrating this fascinating story against the interwoven backdrop of History & Future. Not only has the author brought alive both mythology and history but also taken a step further giving them a futuristic perspective. Both SPACE & TIME seem to blur in this book. It’s like a chromatography of time lines. Time seems to be fluid when I was inside this book. The first half of the book is about building up the concept of the complicated plots; the second half is exciting and racy. One just need to catch the book through the few initial pages and then the book catches you. It’s difficult to put it down towards the end.images

As the founder and director of BuzzingBooks Children’s Online Book Rental, I would like to congratulate the author and my friend, Dr. Mithin Aachi on writing this remarkable historical science fiction. I would also like to request the author to convert this book into a graphic novel. It would be a hit among young readers.

Some of my favourite lines from the book:

“Living in a finite world amidst infinity my consciousness found its muse. The promise of an adventure, a journey to unravel the meaning of existence stares me in the eye and mocks my intellect every night.”

“A cocooned finiteness in an infinite sphere makes me restless to seek beauty and meaning.”

“Often, what the rational mind fails to grasp, the instinct does.”

“Our perspectives are defined by our experiences. Our expectations are a cumulative result of what we know. Ours is a blinkered vision of the cosmos.”

“Civilizations birth; small human settlements crop up; the civilization grows and flourishes. Then the civilization breaks into a nuclear war and annihilates itself. Land becomes barren; river trickles and finally disappears. The cycle of the rise and fall of civilizations is set into motion. From the cosmic perspective this drama that unfolded is but transitory; a peck in the immensity of time and space.”

Eagerly looking forward to the second book in the trilogy of The Womb Of Brahma.

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Old School

Though Jeff Kinney’s The Long Haul [5/5] was better, this book has equally a great plot and there are surprises along the way as you read it.   This book features the diary of a boy, whose name is Greg.  Greg’s Mom tells him that in this generation everyone has their n oses two inches from the screen and nobody is interacting with anyone, and in her time, everyone used to play outside, interact with everyone in town, and it was like one huge family.

But Greg isn’t cut with all this nonsense, and says that everyone is entitled a private life, and modern life has its own conveniences.  He prefers to be in a movie camp in the vacation instead of suffering outdoors in the old- fashioned way.index

Greg’s Mom gets fed up one day due to Greg’s overuse of technology and starts a petition and asked people to sign it in which they have to voluntarily unplug and go electronics-free for 48 hours. She needs 100 signatures before she can take it to the town hall. The whole town soon unplugs , much to Greg’s despair.

The other thing that happens is that Greg’s Grandpa moves to Greg’s house because of the increase in the rent of Leisure Towers, the old-age home where he lived, which he couldn’t afford.  Since the time Grandpa moved in, Greg’s dad, Frank starts acting strangely.  He nearly loses his temper and restricts everyone by putting security cameras here and there.  Greg’s Grandpa also goes out of control at times.

Greg’s elder brother, Rodrick gets a job at an ice-cream parlour as a following event.

Greg and his friend, Rowley make a lemonade stand as a fundraiser business for themselves, but because of incorrect methods,   they end up cleaning the town park for FREE as a result.

Greg  damages his dad’s car by a mistake, when his dad is away, and goes to a camp in a farm where he has to live in miserable conditions to escape from his dad, at least for sometime, till his dad is calm again or at least a little less angry The rumor of Silas Scratch, a frightening farmer in the camp, is also freezing everyone.

Overall it is a good book, it has great illustrations, like a real diary, with excitements and surprises around the corner on what happens next. Observe how Greg and other people survive in the electronics-free world  and how Greg improves his grades this time!

(This book review is written by Aravinda Venkatesan. He is studying in class 7th,  G.D.Goenka School, Indirapbbloguram, Ghaziabad. His hobbies include reading fiction, encyclopaedia, playing x box, and watching 3D films. He has written a book,’The Hunt for the Golden Cup’ which is yet to be published. I am sure his parents must be so proud of the literary achievements of their son. Aravinda is a voracious reader at our BuzzingBooks Library.)

Dear Aravinda, I would like to compliment you upon your comprehensive review and insightful comments about this book. We and many other young readers would like to hear from you again. All the best for a bright future you are so deserving of. 

I am Malala

I have heard the name Malala many times and have always wondered that who is Malala? I read the book Malala which is a story on a Pakistani girl and then I decided to write a book review on that book for people who still wonder that who is Malala?

Malala is a Pakistani girl and was born in Mingora and she lived in the valley of Swat and now in Birmingham, London. She started campaigning for girls’ education at a very early age and used to come on local TV for interviews. Heri-am-malala-400x400-imadzunggcn3j9n4 family was very supportive. Her father was the person who knew her the best, he was the one who encouraged and gave confidence to her to give interviews, go to school and campaign for girls’ education. He gave her hope and courage to fight against the Taliban. Her mother always stood by her side and her brothers always reminded her that even though the whole world knows her, she is just their big sister.

Malala is my role model and my favorite character in the book because she is so brave and courageous to fight against the Taliban. Despite all the fame she got, Malala never grew conceited, vain and she never forgot her customs, traditions and most importantly; who she is and from where does she belong. The part I liked the best was that even though Taliban shot her, she and her family did not back out but continued campaigning, and million other people joined them and spoke up for the cause. At the age of 16 she was invited to give a speech in New York, USA. And at the age of 17, Malala received the Nobel peace prize for fighting for girls’ education.

It is a book which should be read by all because it tells you to never lose hope, have faith in yourself, have courage and be brave and most importantly always believe in your beliefs, no matter what.

(This book review is written by Miss. Vani Gupta. She is a class 6th student of Kothari International School, Noida.  Her parents must be very proud of having such a talented and matured child. Her insight on this inspirational autobiography is quite profound. I must congratulate Vani on her choice of book….this book is not a common choice for a 10 year old. The fact that she read this motivating book and got influenced enough to write about it gives me immense pleasure. Vani has set an example for other young readers to read autobiographical books like these and get inspired by great entities.)

Dear Vani, hope you get motivated by many more books and people like Malala and ………who knows may be you grow up to be a very famous person yourself and set an example for others. 

The Castle of Adventures by Enid Blyton

The Castle of Adventures is a really nice book filled with immense fun, adventure and situations that take your breath away. The way that Enid Blyton has exalted the whole story is awesome and once you start reading you won’t be able to leave it. It gave me a feeling that it’s my onus to be with the characters of this book and accompany them on their adventurous route.

The story is about two girls and two boys named Lucy-Ann, Dinah and Jack and Philip respectively. Lucy–Ann and Jack and Dinah and Philip are siblings.  Lucy-Ann and Jack are orphans and live with Mrs. Mannering, mother of Dinah and Philip.

Jack is fascinated by birds and Philip is fascinated by all kinds of animals. They spend most of the time together gazing at numerous animals and birds. Jack has a mischievous and extremely talkative parrot named Kiki.  In contrast their sisters didn’t share this like of their brothers and spend time together.Enid Blyton

Finally holidays have started and Mrs.Manerring has planned their vacations near a castle in the countryside. The kids are really excited about this. Finally the first day of vacations arrives after a lot of waiting. All the kids along with Mrs. Mannering reach the Spring Cottage. The children were warned not to go to the castle but the kids are keen to go. Jack while bird watching catches glimpse of an eagle. He becomes very eager to find the eagles nest and click some cool pictures. He finds out that the eagle’s nest is in the castle. All of them now become really eager to go to the castle and also now they have got a valid reason. Luckily they meet a wild girl called Tassie who attracted by Philip and Kiki become their friend and shows them the way to the castle. With much effort and brain storming they reach the castle through an empty window. The castle looked quite old and lonely. Jack luckily  finds the eagle’s nest and stays over there for a few days to take good snaps of the young eagle learning to fly. This is where the adventure really starts.

I virtually experienced this exciting adventure ranging from hiding in a gorse bush, seeing lightnings at midnight, traveling down the slippery tunnel, to  facing a severe storm that made the tower fall. The images of the entire story are still clear in my mind.  I liked this book tremendously. It signifies bravery, positivity and helpfulness. I must recommend all the kids of my age to read this book and join the adventure with the five kids, parrot, investigator and Philip’s fox cub-Button.  Thanks Enid Blyton for writing a marvelous book.

Thank You Buzzing Books 🙂

(This review is written by Miss. Eshita Jain. She is a student of Modern School, a prestigious school of New Delhi. She is currently studying in class 6th. Her parents must be very proud of having such a talented and focused child.  Eshita is an avid reader at our BuzzingBooks Library. Her love for books clearly shines through her words.)

Dear Eshita, hope you get inspired by many more books and ………who knows may be you grow up to be a very famous writer!


Book Club for Noida Moms

I feel so proud in sharing this wonderful news with my fellow readers. As an avid reader, book lover and self professed book critic, I feel a sense of achievement in having taken a strong initiative in starting a small book club in association with Noida Moms organisation. This book club is exclusively for all those moms in Noida who love indulging in READING and talking about books! This book club is thus named Noida Moms Book Club.

Click the following link to read the full article:

http://vaporizingthoughts.blogspot.in/2014/12/book-club-for-noida-moms.html

 

A Math Reader

A short book review from a book loving mom!
BEN FRANKLIN
Book Title: Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares (Step Into Reading: Level 4)
Author: Frank Murphy

“I happen to read this very interesting book for my seven year old. Ben Franklin was a very bright inventor who invented things way back in the 18th century. Many of his inventions are being used till today. Isn’t that amazing? He did have an extraordinary life and he converted every moment into opportunity.

To fight boredom, Ben Franklin designed a very unique mathmatical puzzle known  popularly as MAGIC SQUARES now. Yesterday when I saw my eleven year old teach my younger one about the interesting logic of the MAGIC SQUARES as illustrated in the book, I knew how relevant Franklin still is. He had stirred two impressionable minds in my own home. “

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(This review is written by Ms. Mohita. She lives in NCR and has an experience of 14 years with an international Foundation. At the moment she is on a short sabbatical. Her two girls eleven and seven keep her busy. Her interests range from political affairs, adventure activities to reading, cooking, off beat Indian and International Cinema and travelling to off beat places.)

Read n Review Contest- Second Winner

Please put your hands together for the 2nd winner of READ n REVIEW contest hosted by BuzzingBooksLAVANYA SHARMA, a class 7th student of Green Valley High School, Vadodara, Gujarat. Lavanya has written a nicely organised, childlike review of ‘Curse of the Cheese Pyramid’, authored by Geronimo Stilton. Here goes the book review written by Lavanya:

Who is Geronimo Stilton: He runs a newspaper, but his true passion is writing adventure stories. There in the New Mouse City, the capital of Mouse island, his books are the best sellers. His stories are Fa-mousely-funny. They’re whisker-licking-good tales, and that’s a promise. Cheese Pyramid
Review: His uncle, is a disaster in the Rodent’s Gazzette office. First he sells of all the office furniture and then fires all the rodents working in the office and decides that Stiltons will do all the work instead of all the correspondents. All comes upon the shoulders of Geronimo, but then suddenly uncle decides that Geronimo will go and interview a famous personality. It was a dream come true- he was off to Egypt to interview a famous archaeologist. He climbs a crabby old camel that would take him across the desert to Cheese Pyramid. But he discovers that it is not as good as he thought. There, among the mummies and hieroglyphs, he would learn the secrets of the Seven Wonders of the Mouse World….
How did you find it: I was once exploring a library in Delhi and came across one of these books and bought it. I liked it so much that I started searching it everywhere I could possibly search. I discovered that it was available in our school library. When I searched I came across a set of these books and issued this one.
What you liked about it: The characters and the adventures are very funny. And especially the fonts and different writing styles are really good. It doesn’t let anyone get bored.”

Well done Lavanya Sharma! You have clarity of thoughts which is a pre-requisite for writing. Wishing you all the best for the future 🙂

Read n Review Contest- First Winner

Please put your hands together for the 1st winner of READ n REVIEW contest hosted by BuzzingBooks —SAJAL GIRDHAR, a class 8th student of Titiksha Public School, New Delhi. Sajal has written a precise and beautiful review of Sahyadri Adventure: Anirudh’s Dream, authored by Deepak Dalal. Here goes the book review written by Sajal:

“Deepak’s writing is very visual, and is infused with a dose of history and culture of 1850’s. The book is certainly well researched and this comes across in Deepak’s gripping narrative. The reader will be awed reading about how Bombay was in the 1850’s – in its heartland there were forests where panthers roamed, the sea flooded the channels that separated the seven islaAnirudh's Dreamnds.

Vikram and Aditya the key protagonists in Deepak’s previous novels (Ranthambore Adventures, Ladakh Adventures etc.), with Chitra are joined by Anirudh in this adventure in the Sahyadris.

The Novel starts off at a slow pace, where Deepak introduces you to the characters. The young protagonists go sailing in the rapids and begin a trek to the Sahyadris with the mysterious Salim .The dialogues reflect the banter of adolescent lives today. The biggest takeaway is the message in the novel – a group of Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Parsi boys taking on the might of our former Imperial masters.

A fact, which we suckers for material desires and lifestyle of the west, in a fight to survive and thrive, in the India divided by caste, religion and vote bank policies, must not forget in a hurry.

As he writes with refreshing candour. His writing reflects a love for nature and a spirit of adventure. Importantly, he tries to do all of his with stories set in  the India, with Indian characters, which makes his books all the more special, being his dream of offering Indian children stories about their own people, in our beautiful country.   “

Well done Sajal Girdhar! You have a great talent for writing. Wishing you all the best for the future 🙂

 

Read n Review Contest

This is a long pending post. We had the READ n REVIEW contest at BuzzingBooks earlier this year, where we had a multitude of entries by children. We were overwhelmed with the response. The children wrote about their favourite books; all the reviews were simply awesome, and the choice of books especially by some of the students of Titiksha Public School, New Delhi was class apart. We had to choose the best 3 entries out of the lot and believe me THAT was the most difficult part!

Please put your hands together for our 3 winners: Prizes

  • SAJAL GIRDHAR (New Delhi),
  • LAVANYA SHARMA (Vadodara),
  • AAHAAN PHADNIS (Mumbai)

We would once again mention that all the book reviews we received were simply superb……. CONGRATULATIONS to all the contestants for putting in their sincere efforts and best wishes to all the budding writers 🙂

Thanks a lot to Tara Books and Pratham Books for sponsoring the prizes.

We are going to publish the book reviews by the three winners very soon. Also we will try to publish other entries too from time to time. Stay tuned!