Bookasura – The Adventures of Bala and the Book-eating Monster had a fantastic launch at the Bookaroo Children’s Festival in Pune, traveled to the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai and received a splendid response in Bangalore.
Bookasura won the Best Publication for Children award at Comic Con India 2015.
Bookasura was on the Crossword Book Award 2016 shortlist.
Praise for Bookasura:
“This wonderful chapter book would be great fun to read out aloud and is sure to delight any budding bookworm in the house.” – Good Books
“Besides being brilliantly written, the author delves into the mind of a young boy and showcases the myriad shades of Bala’s world with an indigenous charm that makes it all the more relatable.The book touches upon so many aspects, albeit in a subtle manner – changing family dynamics with the arrival of a new baby, parents’ paranoia over exposure to television and its transference to the child, the undivided and no holds barred attention from grandparents, impact of stories on a child’s imagination, in turn instilling a passion for reading and books! Priya Kuriyan’s playful illustrations present a perfect visual context to this original plot that is sure to entertain and engage your young reader this summer.” – ParentEdge
“Bookasura has a very RK Narayan-ish touch to it. Brings back the simple joys of life – summer vacation, grandparents, home cooked meals and gardens with an abundance of trees and fruits.
The clever use of some international titles will pull off a few chuckles from the reader. The ending will receive a thumbs up from parents because it takes a dig at a certain someone … Go read the book!” – Cuddles and Reads
“Bookasura is a fun adventure for younger readers to giggle their way through. It is also a book celebrating books and the powers of good stories , and that takes a cheerful dig at, erm.. the lethal powers of certain contemporary modes of entertainment. The ending is sure to have younger readers – and their parents – giggle approvingly!” – Saffron Tree
An unputdownable book, says Indian Moms Connect.
“The imagination of the author left me spellbound. She has managed to take a hobby like reading and convert it into something so exciting. The description of food which Paati makes for Bala! Sigh! … And the list of books which Bala gets should be put up in any children’s library. I loved the way the author takes up contemporary TV characters which children can associate themselves with and turns them around.”
“Bala’s is a delightful tale of courage and book loving, he shows how stories have the ability to stay with you forever and come back to you just when you need them.
Let your imagination run wild
In this winner of Comic Con Best Children Book 2015, Arundhati Venkatesh shows that imagination is the only superpower one needs to destroy the monster that is fear.
And then feed it and make it stronger
The book establishes (or re-establishes) your faith in the power of imagination and wonder and shows how books feed this power.
A perfectly satisfying end
Her writing is entertaining but the best part is the ending which is like a stunning display of fireworks, it is just flawless and completely satisfying.
And again to celebrate the magic of books
Meet a fellow book-lover, get a glimpse into his life and his fears and see how books become his saviour.
Bookistaan recommends this one for younger readers, age 6 and above, a fun story to feed your imagination. – Bookistan