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Enchantico

October 30, 2018 .10 mins


The 8 Best reads for the month of October

Hello to you and Happy Halloween! Amongst the trick-or-treating and the scary disguises, there are so many stories to tell! Especially with Diwali coming up too! And what’s better than spending Diwali reading your favorite books!? So, here are the 8 best reads from the month of October.

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The 5 to 6 year olds had a cute line up of two books this month.

The Adventures of Woka Chimni by Preeti Vyas

The Adventures of Woka Chimni by Preeti Vyas

The first of the two books is The Adventures of Woka Chimni. She’s a feisty house sparrow who really believes in the ecological preservation of the planet and the natural resources. She travels across India with her GeePee device that helps her locate fellow animals in trouble. Written by Preeti Vyas, the book take the reader to The Sunderbans and the Pangong Lake in Ladakh.

What we love:
We love that the book has a sparrow that has a positive attitude towards ecological conservation and that’s a wonderful trait children can learn about in this day and age.

What kids will love:
Kids will love that Mother Earth has a cute and cuddly savior who will travel across the nation to protect the natural sanctity. Maybe they’ll want to be one of the saviors too!?

Hortense and the shadow by Natalia O Hara

Hortense and the shadow by Natalia O Hara

The second book for the 5 to 6 year olds is about a little girl named Hortense who is afraid of something that never leaves her back. That’s right, it’s her shadow. She hates that her shadow travels with her everywhere. But there’s no way to get rid of it. Believe us, she has tried! One fine day, she realizes why her shadow follows her everywhere. Find out why, with Natalia O Hara in Hortense and the shadow.

What we love: 
We love that the book deals with the concept of fear of the dark and shadows, it is a relatable fear for most children and through this great book, they’ll find out that there’s nothing to fear!

What kids will love:
The kids will love that the book has some very beautiful illustrations and that Hortense lives in a snowy land which makes it pretty cool when it snows !

The 7 to 8 year olds had an eclectic mix of books to satiate their reading appetite this month.

Secret seven and the mystery of the skull by Pamela Butchart

Secret seven and the mystery of the skull by Pamela Butchart

The first book will send tingles of nostalgia all across, just by the mention of the name. Yesteryear’s classic gangs, the Secret Seven, are out on a mystery solving mission once more. This time, it’s the mystery of the Skull! Join the kids and author Pamela Butchart as they solve this unbelievable case in Secret seven and the mystery of the skull.

What we love:
The Secret Seven, by Enid Blyton, have been an iconic mystery solving gang for the last three decades. Pamela Butchart’s writing successfully engulfs the mind and keeps the reader on the edge for a twist in the tale.

What kids will love:
There’s masystery, there’s friendship and there’s scary things! What’s not to love? The kids will love that the book is fast paced and helps them sharpen their detective skills.

Bad Nana by Sophy Henn

Bad Nana by Sophy Henn

The second book for the kids was about Nana! A cute and cuddly grandparent who always has sweets to offer! But not this Nana! She’s called the Bad Nana who doesn’t like badly behaved children or adults. She is awesome and takes down angry park operations officers if need be. This book is a wonderful revision of how we often misjudge people on outer appearances. Read Bad Nana along with Sophy Henn.

What we love:
We love that the illustrations in the book are very childlike; they are beautiful and have a knack of capturing the little things about Nana!

What kids will love:

The kids will love the hilarious antics that the grandmother pulls on the grown-ups who trouble the kids!

For the 9 to 10 year olds, we had 2 amazing books for their reading buds.

Pickle witch and Jack by Claire Barker

Pickle witch and Jack by Claire Barker

The first book was Pickle witch and Jack. The unlikely story of a naughty witch and the “Goodest” boy in class who become best friends because of cake! The story is a heartwarming combination of something naughty and something nice by Claire Barker, the author of Pickle witch and Jack.

What we love :
We love that the book talks about such an unusual friendship! A witch and a good boy become reluctant friends who then turn out to be the best of friends! Isn’t that how great friendships work?

What kids will love :
Kids will love that both Jack and the pickle witch are just like them. The witch’s antics will make the kids roll with laughter!

The Big cash Robbery by Andrew Clover

The Big cash Robbery by Andrew Clover

The second book for the kids was The big cash robbery by Andrew Clover which will definitely tickle all funny bones! Rory Branagon is the “BEST” detective in town and has his work cut out for him this time. The school fest is a few days away and the money from the school office has disappeared! Who could have committed this dastardly act and how will the school festival happen if there’s no money!?

What we love :
The book is about a scrappy young boy who is waiting to solve all mysteries. What we love about Rory is that he meets failure so many times, but he doesn’t let that come in the way.

What kids will love :
The kids will love that Rory is super brave and funny too! The hilarious comedy crime story will have kids go crazy for Rory.

For the 11 to 12 year old kids, this month, we had a cool combination of fiction and non-fiction.

The boy who harnessed the wind by Brian Mealy

The boy who harnessed the wind by Brian Mealy

First up, the 11 to 12 year olds read about William Kamkwamba, the real life super hero, who brought the miracle of electricity to his village in Malawi in Africa. Brian Mealy details his life journey in the boy who harnessed the wind.

What we love :
We love that William is a positive role model for the kids who will want to emulate William’s strength and will admire his tenacity.

What kids will love :
William’s story makes us believe that anyone can change the world if they try hard enough. The kids will definitely love being inspired by a real life hero who decided NEVER say NEVER!

Tilly and the book wanderers by Anna James

Tilly and the book wanderers by Anna James

The last book in this month for the older kids was Tilly and the book wanderers, which is written by Anna James. Now Tilly is a lonely child who loves to read, but one fine day, she realizes that she can wander through a book and explore aspects of the story she never knew existed. She could travel from one book to another! Could this be the key to solving the mystery of her mother’s disappearance? Maybe!

What we love :
We love that Tilly can literally get lost in a book, Isn’t that the dream!?

What kids will love :
Everyone craves to find purpose in their lives and the kids will love that Tilly is finally able to see who she truly is and be confident in her-self!

So these were the 8 best reads for the month of October.This Diwali eve, while the elders in the family share the age old Good vs Evil stories, you can tell them these new age stories of your own. Here’s to wonderful conversations, family fun, many many sweet treats and a safe Diwali.

Happy Diwali to All.

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