Apr 302021
Big Mouse’s Book Bingo (5-8 years) #kbcBookBingoSr!
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Here is our entry for #kbcBookBingoSr!

1) A MYSTERY BOOK – The Shy Supergirl by Shabnam Minwalla
One of the Duckbill hOle books, and our first mystery book. This one we read through without putting down. The title itself was interesting – how can a superhero be shy! I loved the way the author has introduced the concept of how a person can be very different from what they appear or show externally.

2) A GRAPHIC NOVEL – Amar Chitra Katha – Mahabharata
Can’t go wrong with Amar Chitra Katha! The three volume set was a gift. An amazing compilation of one of the most popular Hindu mythology narratives. Beautiful illustrations to complement legendary events and characters.

3) A CLASSIC- The Little Mermaid – Well-Loved Tales
One of the old classics, it’s an exciting tale of a mermaid who falls in love with a human prince, and her adventures thereafter. One of the stories that we grew up reading, this version has beautiful illustrations. Our copy belongs to my childhood makes it even more endearing.

4) BOOK ON ENVIRONMENT – The Seed Savers by Bijal Vachharajani
The title was intriguing, and the book is based on a real life event. Loved the way the this Pratham book talks about why seeds are important, what are seed banks and what seed bankers do. It is a treasure trove of information, and teaches us that we shouldn’t take nature for granted.

5) NON FICTION / BIOGRAPHY – Fantastically Great Women: True Stories of Ambition, Adventure and Bravery by Kate Pankhurst
The set of these three lovely books is about women who stood up against all odds to follow their dreams. The books tell awesome stories of these brave women with mind-blowing illustrations. I like how they’ve included the lesser known/lesser told ones.

6) BOOK BY INDIAN AUTHOR – Koobandhee: The Adventures of Bala and The Book-Barfing Monster by Arundhati Venkatesh
A hilarious chapter storybook about Bala, who’s books are under attack from his little sister and Koobandhee the monster.

What a book! Touches upon very real issues, that kids must be taught to stand up for themselves, their rights. Having ordered it through school, my daughter got the opportunity to see and hear an author for the first time! Getting a signed copy was the icing on the cake.

8) A FUNNY BOOK – Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
A weirdly funny book. About a boy whose kite gets stuck in the tree, and how he tries to free it by throwing random things at it. The illustrations are superb and the storyline so out-of-the box! Who throws a ladder, the milkman, a ship, a fire engine and firefighters and whatnot at the tree just to free a kite?!!

9) AN INFORMATIVE BOOK – 366 Words in Mumbai
A remarkable book filled with landmarks, festivals, foods, etc of our dear Mumbai. The ‘spot this’ format is great fun!

10) SHORT STORIES – The Girl Who Ironed Her Hair and Other Stories by Lalita Iyer
A book with short funny stories with titles such as The Fart That Changed Its Mind, The Runaway Patient, The Girl Who Ironed Her Hair, etc. This book will for sure evoke a smile, lots of laughs, and many jokes!

11) A SCI-FI BOOK – Attack of the Heebie Jeebies by Tom Percival
A power packed adventurous chapter book about Erika who finds herself trapped along with the heebie-jeebies after going to bed angry at her younger brother Randall, who seems to be getting all of his parents’ time and attention. Will the heebie-jeebies eat her dreams or will the Dream Team save her?!

12) A BOOK THAT WAS GIFTED – Mercy Watson To The Rescue
Mercy Watson is no ordinary pig! Mercy loves hot butter toast, and often lands up in the middle of some adventure! The second book in the Mercy Watson series, is about Mercy’s dream to drive and how one day that dream comes true! The Watsons treat Mercy as their porcine wonder, their baby. The hilarious turn that the story takes along with the funny characters – their neighbours, the policeman, firefighters make it fun and hilarious!

13) AN INSPIRING BOOK – Guthli Has Wings by Kanak Shashi
Guthli wants to wear a frock like his sister. But when he’s told he can’t, he says “but I’m a girl!”
A simple and beautiful book to start a conversation about gender identity and sexuality. I believe every house will benefit from having this.

14) A BOOK WITH A MALE PROTAGONIST – Big Bully and M-Me by Arti Sonthalia
A Duckbill hOle Book that empowers kids to stand up against bullying. It tells a story of a little child who is bullied at school and his emotional turmoil, until he finally decides to standup for himself.

15) A BOOK THAT’S ALSO A MOVIE/TV SHOW – The Magic School Bus: Rock Man vs. Weather Man
The Magic School Bus is off again, this time to see an epic battle between rocks and weather. It’s a great book to explain the rock cycle to kids.

16) A BOOK BY AN AUTHOR YOU HAVE NEVER READ BEFORE – The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
Andy and Terry are friends, with the coolest treehouse with a bowling alley, lab and whatnot! The illustrations are equally funny and creative! My kid won’t stop at one, and now demands the rest of The Treehouse series!

17) A BOOK BY YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR – The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
This Dr. Seuss book has been the eternal favourite with both kids. A cat doing tricks standing on a ball, refusing to listen to the fish in the bowl or Thing one and Thing two, adds to the chaos!

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