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August 29, 2018 .10 Min


The 9 best reads for the month of August

The awesome August boxes had some fantastic books in them and we are proud to bring you the whole list of the 9 best reads for this month.

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For the 5 to 6 year olds, here are two amazing books plus one bonus book that we just absolutely COULD. NOT. RESIST!

When the World is Full of Friends by Gillian Shields.

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The first book for the tiny readers this month is a story about unusual friendships. An eclectic family of rabbits wants to be friends with the group of squirrels across the river, but, how will the bunnies cross this river? Find out with When the World is Full of Friends by Gillian Shields with cutesy illustrations by Anna Currey

What we love: We absolutely love that the author talks about making new friends and the lengths one may have to go to, for doing so.

What kids will love: Firstly of course, they will love the adorable illustrations by Anna Currey and secondly, kids will really appreciate that the bunnies tried so hard to become friends with the squirrels.

Sir Scaly Pants and the Dragon Thief by John Kelly

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The second book in this section is about another animal which may not be as cute and cuddly as squirrels and bunnies. It’s about a dragon. Guinevere and Sir scaly pants, the steed and the noble dragon knight, have left on a journey to free to king from the clutches of the evil fire breathing dragon. But will they be successful in doing so? Find out in Sir Scaly Pants and the Dragon Thief with author and illustrator John Kelly.

What we love: We love the fact that Sir scaly pants is as noble as can be. He is a courageous and noble dragon who always fights for what is right! He is a great example for children to emulate.

What kids will love: Of course the kids will love the beautiful illustrations by the author himself. But, they will love the heroic acts of a kind and brave dragon even more!

And finally, as promised, here’s this month’s bonus book.

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor. The woman who loved reptiles by Patricia Valdez

If you haven’t heard of a herpetologist, or a Komodo dragon, we have the perfect book for you. Here’s a non-fiction book. The author Patricia Valdez, a doctor herself, found fascination in the life of the phenomenal woman, Joan Proctor. She learned about Komodo dragons and other creatures that creep! This is, Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor. The Woman Who loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez and quirky illustrations by Felicita Sala.

What we love: It’s so cool when kids get to see a positive role model in a book, But here, there are two ! Patricia Valdez and Joan Proctor both have been hardworking and sincere professionals in their career. And we’d all want kids to pick up on these much needed traits!

What kids will love:  Hands down, the kids will love the entire description of Joan Procter’s life. They will also go crazy when they know that she took her pet Komodo dragon to school with her! Whoa!

Next up for the kids between the age group of 7 and 8 we have two equally thrilling books in store.

Max Champion and the Great Race Car Robbery by Alexander McCall Smith

This is a book written by someone who has literally done everything in his life. Well, we exaggerate, but still. He’s been a writer a professor, a lawyer and so much more. This book is about a sweet little boy named Max, who loves his mum, his granddad and cars. While working in his granddad’s garage, Max notices his family name on an old racing car. Why would that be there? Is there a secret here to unfold? Unravel this mystery in Max Champion and the Great Race Car Robbery by Alexander McCall Smith with illustrations by Kate Hindley.

What we love : It’s so good to read a book with a happy ending, especially when a hardworking, genuine hero, wins the race after all. Oops! Have we given away too much?

What kids will love : Kids will love Max, who is just like them! He works, he plays, he loves his family, but he is also absolutely crazy for racing. He’s kinda like a little of everyone.

The second fantastic book happens a little far away from the mainland. Actually quite far away…

Ariki and the Giant Shark by Nicola Davies

It is time to meet Ariki, a little girl who lives in a peaceful tribal village, on the shores of a scenic island. She sneaks a swim whenever she can dodge her village members. But one day, she sees a giant shadow in the ocean. What could it be? What is bigger than the biggest thing that Ariki has ever seen? Could it be dangerous? Find out in Ariki and the Giant Shark by Nicola Davies illustrated by Nicola Kinnear

What we love : We love how Nicola Davies has painted a picture with her amazing writing style and how Nicola Kinnear has brought all the picturesque scenes to life.

What kids will love : Ariki is a rebel! And who doesn’t love one!? Kids will love this rebellious spirit.

Moving on, the 9 to 10 year olds are now set for a sweet treat.

The Curious Case of The Sweet and Spicy Sweetshop by Nandini Nayar

The first book is about a curious case in a sweetmeat shop. Oh yum! But, the sweet meat shop belongs to a man named Vishnu, whose long lost sister’s son is coming to visit him, there’s another girl who claims to be his long lost sister’s daughter, and finally, the sweetshop is haunted. Huh… Looks like this might not be a sweet story after all. Maybe that’s why it’s called, The Curious Case of The Sweet and Spicy Sweetshop. Come explore the unknown world of mithai with Nandini Nayar.

What we love : All things sweet may sometimes give us a tooth ache. The sweet and spicy sweetshop is a welcome savoury change. We recommend the read for adults as well.

What kids will love : There’s the crazy supernatural twist that might get the kid’s hearts racing for a minute, which will later turn into bouts of uncontrollable laughter.

Nimmi’s Spectabulous Schooldays by Shabnam Minwalla

The second book for this age group is about school. Ugh! Who likes school anyway? Well, Nimmi does. She’s quite excited to see what’s in store in the new grade. But, here’s the rain on her parade. Her new uniform is ill fitting; her old “nemesis” Sumit keeps bothering her and there’s an impromptu birthday party that needs to be thrown. Enjoy school days with Nimmi’s Spectabulous Schooldays by Shabnam Minwalla

What we love : Nimmi’s pretty smart and witty. She knows her way around the problems. But we love the hilarious things that happen in all the confusion.

What kids will love : “Oh my God, THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME !”. If you hear kids say this while reading the book, then the book is working… The kids will love the relevance of the entire story.

Finally, coming down to the most advanced readers in the age group of 11 and 12.

The Gift of Dark Hollow by Kieran Larwood

One Ear Podkin is in exile after the last battle. While he is in his hiding place, he feels a strange draw towards a dark hollow. When he does finally walk into the hollow, he finds a secret and a gift. Only time will tell, what is what! Join into this mysteriously magical journey through The Gift of Dark Hollow by Kieran Larwood with captivating illustrations from David Wyatt

What we love : The book is a fantastical journey owing to Kieran Larwood’s compelling storytelling style. David Wyatt’s illustrations bring the dark hollow to life. And why wouldn’t they ? He has illustrated books for J.R.R.Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and many more! What’s not to love!?

What kids will love : Of course, the mind boggling illustrations will be loved by the kids and also, there’s a much deeper learning about how our heroes may be different from whom we imagine them to be!

This brings us to the final book from the series which is about a submerged adventure.

Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar

Fidelia loves the sea. But she has been kidnapped by the monstrous Merrick, who wants to steal an underwater treasure with her help. Will Fidelia escape the clutches of her captor? Find out in Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar

What we love : We love Fidelia’s grit and courage ! She’s brave enough to dive deep into the dark ocean without being afraid of what’s in store!

What kids will love : Kids will love the descriptions of the submerged wonders. Lindsay Eager does paint a beautiful picture with her words.

Boo hoo! Its over! But worry not, for we will return with the next month’s best reads, right here. So stay tuned and keep on readin’ !

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