An indoor treat for the kids

Here's a list of the top few children's books in the hope that you will like them as much as we do.

Holes, Louis Sachar

Bloomsbury, Rs 499

Holes by Louis Sachar was a book I had heard a lot about. Considered a modern-day classic, the book lived up to its reputation. Holes is the story of

Stanley Yelnats IV, who is wrongly accused of stealing a pair of sneakers and sent to a boy’s detention center — Camp Green Lake — where the boys dig holes every single day, as a part of a character building exercise. Digging holes is not just boring but also extremely tiring and Stanley makes it his mission to find out the reason for digging the five-feet wide and five-feet deep holes, while carrying the burden of a family curse on his shoulders.

The BFG, Roald Dahl

Penguin, Rs 350

The BFG by Roald Dahl is a book I inhaled in one sitting as I did the rest of his books. And then I inhaled them again and fell in love with the Big Friendly Giant who calls human beings “humanbeans”. With words like scrumdiddlyumptious, uckyslush, whizpoppers, gobblefunk, bunkumhouse, hippodumplings, crockadowndillies, moocheling and footcheling, the BFG steals your heart. So does Dahl. So does the girl Sophie, who the BFG has whisked away. I’m sure after reading this book you will go out in search of a BFG, to make him your best friend.

Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate Dicamillo

Walker Books, Rs 350

Because of Winn-Dixie is a story about a girl called Opal and her preacher father who move to a trailer park in Naomi, Florida. In the novel by Kate Dicamillo,

Opal goes to a grocery store for macaroni, cheese and other stuff and returns with a dog who wasn’t on her shopping list. To save the dog from the store manager who wants to send it to the pound, she brings it home, claiming it as her own. She names it Winn-Dixie after the store she found it in. The mischievous dog helps the lonely young girl settle into her new town and make a whole lot of interesting friends. The book is a hymn to dogs and friendship.

A Cheese-Colored Camper, Geronimo Stilton

Scholastic, Rs 295

A Cheese-Colored Camper — Geronimo Stilton, was the first Stilton book I read.

After meeting Geronimo Stilton, the brainy mouse editor of the newspaper The Rodent’s Gazette living in New Mouse City, I fell in love with rodents. When you read these whisker-licking good stories, you will want to have a mouse for a pet. I slurped the mammoth milkshakes — the national drink of these cool mice and enjoyed exchanging grilled cheese sandwiches with my rodent friends.

Caravan to Tibet, Deepa Agarwal

Penguin, Rs 250

There are some books that quietly enter your reading space and heart. Caravan to Tibet by Deepa Agarwal is one such book.

The hero of the book — 14-year old Debu joins a caravan of traders from the hills of Kumaon to journey to Tibet to search for his father. Contrary to the title, it’s a fast-paced book with many adventures to keep you turning pages.

Wonder, R.J. Palacio

RHUK, Rs 399

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is the kind of book that makes you want to stop strangers on the road and tell them about it. Wonder is the story of August (Auggie)

Pullman, born with a rare birth defect that plays havoc with his face. The poor boy has undergone several surgeries to correct the facial anomalies he was born with, but he still looks different from the rest of his classmates. When August starts fifth grade at Beecher Prep (he had been home-schooled earlier), most of the students avoid him. His classmates think his face has been burned in a fire.

The Tiffin, Mahtab Narsimhan

Hot Key Books, Rs 299

The Tiffin by Mahtab Narsimhan is a heartbreaking story of a young boy, Kunal, who is separated from his mother and is forced to work as a slave in a café. Kunal is obsessed about finding his mother and he joins the dabbawallas so that while delivering the lunch dabbas he can search for his mother.

The Truth about Verity Sparks, Susan Green

Walker Books, Rs 550

The Truth about Verity Sparks by Susan Green transported me to 19th century London with horse-drawn carriages and ladies in hats. Verity, an orphan working as an apprentice in a hat shop has an amazing talent — teleagtivism. Though it sounds like a disease, it’s actually a talent to have. With this talent Verity can find lost things by thinking about them. It’s a gift everyone would love to have, especially when we misplace important objects.

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

Puffin, Rs 198

I rue the fact that I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle a bit late in my life. The book opens up the world of science to young readers. It’s the story of Meg Murry; the awkward girl with flyaway hair, braces and glasses, searching for her missing scientist father. It follows the journey of three children: Meg, her brother Charles and her friend Calvin, as they cross the barriers of time and space via a tesseract, across the universe.

Swami and Friends, R.K. Narayan

Indian Thought Publications, Rs 125

Swami and Friends by R.K. Narayan will transport you into the middle of a small town called Malgudi, in South India. Ten-year-old W.S. Swaminathan known as Swami, studies in Albert Mission School. When you meet Swami you will realise that life in 1930 was very simple for children. There were no gadgets or there were no iPads or computers to play games on. This was the time of making paperboats.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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