I had resolved not to buy picture books this year at the Bangalore Book Fair since my older one has graduated to chapter books and we really do have way too many of them. But this book just yelled out " Pick me up".
The art is what primarily drew me to the book. And that someone had finally thought of having a pleasant rakhshasa instead of a ferocious or unkind one.
The theme reminded me a bit of an old Tulika title - Anna and Chenna- that one need not subscribe to any standard definition of beauty to find happiness or beauty even. The joy of giving and friendship is what life is about.
The book is a visual treat in an off beat sense- the cute monsters ( remember Five Little Fiends) , the vivid colours, the finger print art in places, all tie in beautifully with a story about generosity and the common good.
Karimuga is the pleasant Rakshasa ( Sowmya does it again with this name, after her Kattaboman series ) envied for his pot belly, his hairy legs, dark skin. He decides to share his many attributes to spread cheer but rather realistically finds himself a little dull and down after all the giving.
Read the book and you will know how he discovers all is not lost and finds pleasure in another of his imperfectly perfect features.
And the young chapter book convert at home, gave the book a Thumbs up as well!!