Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book Review: 'The Moon Wants To Be Spotless White' by Priya Narayanan

Genre: Children's story book

Illustrations: Sunita Mitra


Blurb: 

The vain Moon is devastated when he finds out about the dirt patch on his otherwise pristine white self. He wants to be scrubbed and cleaned by Dhobi Kaka to regain his spotless beauty. The moon cunningly manipulates Mitu into helping him out in this mission. 

But how will mitu get the moon down to be cleaned? 

Will kaka be able to restore the moon s spotless beauty? 

Will mitu be turned into an owl for not keeping her promise? 

Join in the fun-filled adventure of the Moon, Mitu and Dhobi Kaka, as the trio set out on their mission to help the Moon become spotless.


Review:

This is my first children's book to review, and I am glad I read (and liked) it. As the blurb showcases, the story in the book revolves around three main characters - a little girl Mitu, the Moon, and Dhobi kaka. The story is simple but still exciting and binding while the characters are few in number, which is good from a child's point of view. Personification of the Moon could have been tricky, but the author manages to weave this character too with grace and vivid fancy. The language is breezy both for adults and their lower age counterparts. And the story moves at a good pace as it is beautifully accompanied by various creative illustrations which adds charm to the reading journey. All in all, quite a feel good story.

Also, this book doesn't offer any negative or gray shade character, but that is not at all necessary to be there in almost every book for kids justifying the victory of good over evil. That's why, I liked this book more.

But the beauty of this book is its powerful message, which is neither too preachy, nor light in morality, and is portrayed with elegance towards the end. Kids will surely love this book and apply the moral of the story in their real lives too.


Likes:

Moral of the story is the best punch.

Simple and feel good story for kids.

Illustrations add a great impact to the imagination while reading.


Dislikes:

Just a few editing errors here and there.

Not a vast plot.


My Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars


Review Copy Source: Author

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