TCA Sharad Raghavan
KIKI AND PIKLU PLAY HIDE AND SEEK by By Kavitha Punniyamurthi. Illustrations by Shashi Shetye Children’s Book Trust, 2022, 16 pp., 60.00
November 2023, volume 47, No 11

The book won Second Prize in the category Read-aloud books/Picture Books in the Competition for Writers of Children’s Books organized by CBT. Punniyamurthi is the author of another CBT title Vini’s Garden.
The book captures a charming and funny little story about Piklu the dog and Kiki the frog, and a game of hide and seek. Piklu wants to play for fun, but Kiki has a funny and naughty side and the shenanigans will have toddlers reading it cackling away.
Not only an engaging read, but the story also incorporates a theme that encourages children to learn and practice counting. Overall, a fun read for a child, but perhaps could have featured less text on each page. The book might have become slightly longer, but the imagery would have been even more eye-catching than it is.