“Playtime does not need any gadgetry; a little bit of imagination can work wonders,” says Shamim Padamsee on the My Grandfather’s Stick
, written by Nandini Nayar and illustrated by Kshitiz Sharma. Blogger Aparna
calls Stone Eggs
, written by Helen Rundgren and illustrated by Soumya Menon, “a good starting point for beginner dino-lovers and yet engaging enough for more knowledgeable kids.
Mayil Will Not Be Quiet, written by Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran has more fans.
The book “delves beautifully into the life of a typical 12 year old, exploring her questions, doubts, joys, confusions and fears in a way each one of us would be able to relate to,” says one reviewer, while this blogger
says she doesn’t remember the last time when she could identify with the mother and the daughter in a book. Another reviewer says, "Issues of gender stereotyping and sex are addressed quite subtly. Maybe with so much subtlety that even a book for adults would not have been able to accomplish. I totally recommend it to girls, mothers and even boys of that age group..."