YOU CAN’T FIND ME
By Jemma Jose. Illustrations by Jemma Jose
Pratham Books, 2018, pp. 24, R50.00
Which child doesn’t love to play? One of the first memories that came to my mind on seeing the title was about my childhood where I used to play hide-and-seek with my siblings. Games are one of the best mediums to connect with children. It is however, unfortunate that as we reach the state of adulthood, we become quite lazy to play as we tend to stereotype the idea of games to be attached with children most often. You can’t Find Me by Jemma Jose explores the child’s thoughts of being good at hiding wherein she asks the readers to find her from the places that she visits. Mia, the protagonist, is an enthusiastic girl who claims that she is best at the game of hide-and-seek. The writing in the book is in conversational style which the reader will definitely find amusing. The plot of the story revolves around the protagonist visiting markets. Mia visits various kinds of markets such as the vegetable market, fruit market, flower market, textile market and fish market wherein she asks the readers to spot her. Mia gets annoyed as she gets to know that the reader spots where she is hidden. The highlight of the book is that it is activity based which bridges children’s reading ability with visual skills. It asks the reader to spot some of the materials mentioned on the left side of the page. The book has been quite well designed in such a way that the things are relatable for the child and her/his surroundings.
Lovis Simon is with the Eklavya Foundation, Bhopal.