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Book Reviews

Book reviews from Mocomi Kids
Interested in the exciting world of children's literature available out there? Take a look at Mocomi's picks and reviews of books children won't want to put down.
The Rise of the Midnight King: Book 1 – Book Review

The Rise of the Midnight King: Book 1 – Book Review

The Kumaon Secret Society Series by Olivier Lafont is off to a promising start with ‘The Rise of the Midnight King’. It is the beginning of a gripping saga featuring a group of children who meet in the village of Devagarh, high in the Kumaon hills. They reunite each summer to go on adventures (th ...

By Mocomi Kids on December 26, 2019 Read more ...
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein – Review

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein – Review

Albert Einstein is a scientist celebrated for his amazing sense of curiosity and theoretical work which has been the basis for generations of work to come. However, his accessibility to younger readers has always been limited and not many children have had a chance to explore his life.

A la ...

By Mocomi Kids on December 12, 2019 Read more ...
The 104 Storey Treehouse – Book Review

The 104 Storey Treehouse – Book Review

The ‘104 Storey Treehouse’ is the eighth book in Treehouse Series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. What began as a 13 storey treehouse, has now added levels with each book, reaching 104 storeys! The treehouse adventures are a telling of the hilarious adventures of Andy Griffiths and Terry Dent ...

By Mocomi Kids on November 28, 2019 Read more ...
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Book Review

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Book Review

The world of children’s literature has long been dominated by the genre of fiction. Non-fiction books have been sidelined to the realm of being of entirely ‘educational’. This has limited the exploration of strong female figures in non-fiction writing. ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls’ p ...

By Mocomi Kids on November 14, 2019 Read more ...
The Bolds – Book Review

The Bolds – Book Review

The Bolds are much like any other family – with regular jobs writing Christmas cracker jokes, and children. They live in the suburb of Teddington, in West London, and live their lives much like any other British family. However, the Bolds are different from other Londoners in a very small way – t ...

By Mocomi Kids on October 31, 2019 Read more ...
Women in Science: Jane Goodall – Book Review

Women in Science: Jane Goodall – Book Review

Jane Goodall is a formidable figure in the world of science. She is the foremost expert on chimpanzees and has a career spanning more than 50 years. As a primatologist and anthropologist, she has inspired countless other scientists to pursue the field and has been an inspiration to many.

Al ...

By Mocomi Kids on October 17, 2019 Read more ...
Great Stories for Children – Book Review

Great Stories for Children – Book Review

Ruskin Bond began his writing career at the age of 16, with the short story ‘Untouchable’. He has gone on since, to mesmerize readers with his idyllic descriptions of a quiet life in the hills. His work is deeply influenced by the life he has led living in the foothills of the Himalayas, weaving ...

By Mocomi Kids on October 3, 2019 Read more ...
The Tree Boy – Book Review

The Tree Boy – Book Review

‘The Tree Boy’, written by Srividhya Venkat and illustrated by Nayantara Surendranath isn’t your run-of-the-mill children’s storybook. It touches upon feelings of empathy and imagining what it would be like to be in someone else’s shoes.

When Sid is mocked on the By Mocomi Kids on September 19, 2019 Read more ...

Dog Man – Book Review

Dog Man – Book Review

Dav Pilkey, creator of the very popular ‘Captain Underpants’ graphic novels has written another hilarious and well-illustrated series, ‘Dog Man’. As is the case with all of Pilkey’s books, the cartoons and stories have been plotted out by his fictional duo – George and Harold. They are th ...

By Mocomi Kids on September 5, 2019 Read more ...
Kali Wants to Dance – Book Review

Kali Wants to Dance – Book Review

Kali Veerapathiran is an unlikely hero. No, he doesn’t have superpowers, nor can he solve crimes with his trusty sidekick. He is a hero in the small fishing village of Kovalam because he worked hard and pursued his dream – to dance!

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By Mocomi Kids on August 22, 2019 Read more ...
The Stupendous Time Telling Superdog – Book Review

The Stupendous Time Telling Superdog – Book Review

Humans are bound by the concept of time. They do not have the option to choose when they want to do what they want. There is a fixed notion of what should be done at what time and the human race follows it. Sounds a bit grim for a children’s book, doesn’t it?

In her book ‘The Stupendo ...

By Mocomi Kids on August 8, 2019 Read more ...
Ramayana for Children  – Book Review

Ramayana for Children – Book Review

In this book, author and scholar Arshia Sattar remains true to Valmiki’s version of the Ramayana. However, with the original revering Rama as the just and noble hero, this book shows Rama’s younger brother Lakshmana in a much better light. Rama’s unjustifiable actions of sneakily killing Vali, ...

By Mocomi Kids on July 18, 2019 Read more ...
The Jungle Radio: Bird Songs of India – Book Review

The Jungle Radio: Bird Songs of India – Book Review

Curious little Gul is startled early one morning when her radio begins to play the sounds of different birds chirping. Keen to know more, Gul follows the clues, only to end up in a lush Indian jungle.

Written in rhymes, this beautifully illustrated book exposes its readers to the wonderful ...

By Mocomi Kids on July 4, 2019 Read more ...
The Good Indian Child’s Guide to Eating Mangoes – Book Review

The Good Indian Child’s Guide to Eating Mangoes – Book Review

‘The Good Indian Child’s Guide to Eating Mangoes’ by Natasha Sharma is a funny, tongue in cheek look at the love India has for mangoes and how there is no “right” way to eat them! The text has been brought to life with illustrations which are simple yet witty.

The book is informa ...

By Mocomi Kids on June 20, 2019 Read more ...
The Boy and Dragon Stories and Other Tales – Book Review

The Boy and Dragon Stories and Other Tales – Book Review

‘The Boy and Dragon Stories and Other Tales’ comes from author Suniti Namjoshi, who previously brought us the popular ‘Aditi Adventures’. The stories bring to light the unlikely friendship between a boy and a dragon. The boy is initially tasked with punishing the dragon, but instead, the two ...

By Mocomi Kids on June 5, 2019 Read more ...
Mother Steals a Bicycle and other stories

Mother Steals a Bicycle and other stories

The book is narrated by a girl, whose Amma is telling her stories from when she was a young girl living in a village in Southern India. Amma’s stories straddle the line between fact and fiction. A bicycle that pedalled itself? Hy ...

By Mocomi Kids on May 23, 2019 Read more ...
The Girl Who Chose – Book Review

The Girl Who Chose - Book Review

Do you want to know more about Sita? Who she was and how she made the five choices of her life? When did she follow the rules and when did she choose to break them? In the Adbhuta Ramayana, Sita is a form of the goddess Kali who can defeat demons more powerful than Ravana. The book, ‘The Girl W ...

By Mocomi Kids on April 12, 2019 Read more ...