Andal Jagannathan
MOIN AND THE MONSTER; MOIN THE MONSTER SONGSTER by Anushka Ravishankar Duckbill Books, 2013, 109 pp., 160
November 2013, volume 37, No 11

Vibrant colors and a quirky illustration of a pink monster with autorickshaw horns, draws you in. Flip through the book to assess it, and the Indian names gladden your heart. Ah! A children’s book set in an Indian scenario. Awesome. Anushka Ravishankar does a great job of narrating the interesting incidents in Moin’s life as he deals with the ownership of a monster.

Hilarious monster rules such as ‘A monster cannot be gifted away’, define what Moin can and cannot do with the monster. Moin keeps the monster away from his parents, but he does let his friends in on his secret. One of his friends starts documenting monster rules in an attempt to understand what makes them tick.

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