Invaluable childrens’ book for all
Back to the BCs
There are two very convenient traps that books for children often fall into. In the first, the author mistakes simplicity for pithiness, and as a result, the book becomes a preachy moral science textbook rather than an enjoyable book of stories. In the second, the author is so in thrall of the beautiful illustrations that the text becomes secondary, like an afterthought.
Pavithra Srinivasan’s Back to the BCs sidesteps both these wormholes with rare finesse; the language is suitably simple yet always elegant. Also, Lalithaa Thayagarajan’s illustrations, with their Jamini Roy eyes and lavish details, dovetail brilliantly with the narrative, never imposing, always complementary.
The collection begins with The City of the Dead, a marvellous re-imagining of the Mohenjo-Daro story. It is so vivid and engaging that one is tempted to rate it alongside the classic parables of childhood. Other high points include A Meeting of Minds and A Spoonful of Sugar.
Though marked ‘for Age 9 & above’, this book is, in fact, an invaluable and entertaining experience for readers of all ages.
~ Aditya Mani Jha.
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