Enchantico
 

Enchantico

December 31, 2018 .10 mins


Best reads for the month of December


Tis the season to be jolly! Christmas may have come and gone but the joy of the New Year is yet to arrive! What a wonderful feeling this is, to renew our enthusiasm for the joys in the upcoming year and to be in high spirits! We’re in high spirits too and we’re looking at 2019 with hopes of more to read and much more to do.
Here are the 8 best reads of December!

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The 5 to 6 year olds, who are absolutely crazy about Christmas, received two fabulous books in their boxes this month.

Tiny Wing Fairies by Suzanne Barton

Tiny Wing Fairies by Suzanne Barton
The first was about 4 really courageous fairies Pippin, Tiffin, Marthy and Little Ess who are always on the lookout for adventure. These fairies are the first to rush into the frosty night to investigate the strange sounds emanating from the dark corners of the forest. What are these fearful sounds and will the fairies get to the bottom of this mystery!? Find out in Tiny Wing Fairies by author /Illustrator Suzanne Barton.

What we love:
We love that the fairies are brave and courageous. It completely changes the perspective of the reader towards fairies, who are traditionally demure and timid!

What the kids will love:
Kids will love the ending. It’s heartening to see that courage is always rewarded handsomely.

The Tree Boy by Srividhya Venkat

The Tree Boy by Srividhya Venkat
The second book was about a lonely little boy who wasn’t always a tree. But one fine day, when the little boy asked for a wish, the universe granted it overnight. How did the little boy react to getting his wish fulfilled? Did it change his perspective of life!? Find out in The Tree boy with Srividhya Venkat with beautiful illustrations by Nayantara Surendranath.

What we love: 
We love that the child learns a very valuable lesson by the end of the book that sometimes wishes come true, but not all of them are worth wishing for!

What the kids will love:
Kids will love that the Tree Boy thinks that he will be very lonely after becoming a tree but in reality he gets even more friends than he ever had!
For the 7 to 8 year old kids, this month was a fun bonanza of two amazing books.

The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Sheperd

The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Sheperd
The first book, is a about a curious little fruit. The fruit was found by a Tomas who was picking some other fruits in the garden. The little fruit was different from the other ones. Can a fruit hatch? Huh? Yes! It hatched and we can safely assume that this fruit which was in fact an egg belonged to none other than a mother dragon! Oh my God! As if one dragon wasn’t crazy enough, there are many many more fruits of the tree in the garden and maybe many more such gardens as well? Tomas’s parents are going to be so mad! Find out what happens next with The Boy who grew Dragons with Andy Sheperd with funny illustrations by Sara Ogilvie.

What we love:
We love that Tomas is an imaginative and creative child who isn’t afraid of a challenge!

What the kids will love:
Kids will love the hilarious situations that arise from the presence of a Dragon on the house! How long can you hide a creature that breathes fire!?

Fabio the World's Greatest Flamingo Detective:

The Case of the Missing Hippo by Laura James

"FabioThe Case of the Missing Hippo by Laura James"
In the second book, just as Fabio and Gilbert are trying to take a relaxing vacation from their “busy” detective careers, they find out that a sinister mastermind has struck again. On the train journey to the relaxing vacation spot, Fabio and Gilbert notice that there’s a commotion. On reaching the hotel they find out that the heavily talented Jazz singer, Julia the hippopotamus is missing! Will they find her before the show begins!? Find out in Fabio the World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo with Laura James illustrated by Emily Fox!

What we love:
We love that Gilbert and Fabio find themselves in these really difficult positions simply because they are too polite to say no!

What the kids will love: The kids will be left in stitches when they see Gilbert and his awful disguises which aren’t hiding him at all!
For the 9 to 10 year olds, we’ve had a couple of very exciting books.

Greta Zargo and the Amoeba Monsters from the Middle of the Earth by A.F.Harrold

Greta Zargo and the Amoeba Monsters from the Middle of the Earth by A.F.Harrold
In the first book for the 9 to 10 year olds, here’s a story about an inquisitive girl called Greta! Now Greta has been noticing some strange happenings in and around her town. Her neighbors have disappeared. Some pets seem to have gone missing as well, but there’s nothing around their homes or the alleged crime scenes that will give her a clue as to who or what has abducted these individuals. Her best guess here is that a group of unruly Amoeba Monsters are burrowing from the middle of the Earth and engulfing people whole! What happens next? Maybe the author A.F.Harrold can venture a guess! Here’s Greta Zargo and the Amoeba Monsters from the Middle of the Earth illustrated microscopically by Joe Todd-Stanton!

What we love :
We love that the book’s plot is crazily connected and makes sense even while being completely whacky and inane!

What the kids will love :
Kids will be in splits on one page and scratching their heads in mystery with the next.

The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O Connell

The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O Connell
Yes yes, here’s a little boy who is very poor and get a giant candy factory as an inheritance. This might sound familiar at first but then it starts getting a little weird. There’s a letter that talks about a supernatural presence inside the chocolate factory. And there’s also a matter of solving a mystery to find the secret recipe for the best candy in the world! How is a child like Archie going to accomplish allll of this!? Find out in the Chocolate factory ghost along with David O Connell that has gorgeous illustrations by Claire Powell

What we love :
We love that the book reminds us of one of the classics brings back wonderful memories and the story is wonderfully weaved.

What the kids will love :
The kids will love that the mystery will keep them on their toes jumping from one adventure to the other and they just won’t be able to put the book down.
For the 11 to 12 year olds, we’ve had a true literary festive blast going on!

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment by
Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll

Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll
The first book is about an Egypt enthusiast whose grandfather is an Egyptologist too. Set in Europe in 19th century London, Lillian Kaye finds herself fascinated by the Kings and the culture of Egypt. Her favorite Egyptologist is also going to open a cursed sarcophagus. He mysteriously dies right after and leaves a package behind for Lillian! What could be in the packet? Will the curse follow anyone who opens the packet? Reveal the Secrets of a Sun King with Emma Carroll.

What we love :
Something mysterious lurks this way! We love that this story is a wonderful collection of cultural references around Egypt and the twisted mystery just continues to spell bind the reader

What the kids will love :
The kids will love that there are two stories that run parallel in two completely different time periods seamlessly join each other in the end!

The Missing Barbegazi by H.S. Norup.

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle
In the second book for this age group that loves mystery, we gave the kids a very mysterious case of the Missing Barbegazi. Tessa’s grandpa has been telling her stories of the Barbegazi for many years, and no one else but her believes them. But why would Grandpa lie to her? He tells her stories of the mythical creatures and inquisitive Tessa wants to find them by hook or by crook. But speaking of crooks, some crooks want to sell these Barbegazis as pets! How horrific! They’re not meant to be tamed. Does Tessa go ahead and reveal the real Barbegazis or does she hide the truth from the rest and lets them remain a mystery? Find out in The missing Barbegazi with H.S. Norup.

What we love :
We love that this story runs deeper than what it really is. Tessa makes a big discovery and has a moral dilemma about revealing the story. Does she? We would never spoil a fantastic ending!

What the kids will love :
Kids will love the relationship that Tessa shares with her grandfather.

Well, that’s it for the books from 2018! We hope you have a grand New Year’s Eve and a very enjoyable 2019!

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