"‘I wish I was a writer,’ sighed Wisha. ‘Well, you are Wisha Wozzariter,’ said the Bookworm. ‘So I am! But I don’t quite know where to begin.’ ‘At the beginning, of course,’ said the Bookworm, rolling his eyes. Ten-year-old Wisha wishes to be a writer. When she meets Bookworm, she stops wishing and starts writing. With him, she rides on the Thought Express to the Marketplace of Ideas, the Superhero Salon and the Bargain Bazaar, and encounters a motley crew of characters. Along the way, she discovers the creative process by which anything beautiful and lasting is created, a process in which Faith, Luck and Destiny play no mean part. Roger Dahl’s zany illustrations bring Wisha’s imaginative world to life. Join Wisha on this rollicking writer’s adventure and find out how she finally fulfils her dream of becoming a writer! "
Hip-Hop Nature Boy and Other Poems
"If a tortoise could run And losses be won, And bullies be buttered on toast; If a song brought a shower And a gun grew a flower, This world would be nicer than most! Beautiful, poignant and funny, Ruskin Bond’s verses for children are a joy to read to yourself on a lazy summer afternoon or to recite in school among friends. For the first time, his poems for children, old and new, come together in this illustrated volume. Nature, love, friends, school, books -- all find a place in the poetry of India’s favourite children’s writer. "
Meddling Mooli and the Blue-Legged Alien
Murali Krishnan aka Mooli: a boy whose meddling ways get him into trouble all the time.
Supriya George aka Soups: a girl who loves reading and has plenty of smart ideas.
They are best friends on a mission.
To win a prize on the website WAYOUTS
[World’s As Yet Original Untried Tricks and Stunts]
So they try out many untried tricks and stunts. And mess up the house. And trouble their parents. And create ruckus in their neighbourhood.
But do they eventually win the prize?
Pick up this easy- to- read book and find out how Meddling Moolie and Soups ‘shoot’ a neighbour, discover a blue-legged alien and have some awesome, super cool adventures.
The Puffin Book of Magic Stories for 8-Year-Olds
Sat under a Heart Beat Tree?
Held enchanted seeds in your hands?
Meet Amar, the little boy who catches an infection of magic, Dewdrop the fairy who grants wishes and Mogu the magician who forgets his charms.
Dragons, geniis, fairies and many other extraordinary creatures are ready to bewitch you. With these funny, amazing magical stories"
The Puffin Book of Funny Stories for 7-Year-Olds
Meet a cat named Jawaharlal who goes missing; a dragon called Blaze, who spouts water; Gulab and Jamoon, dogs who eat recipes; and Shyam the boy who can bark and moo.
Have hilarious adventures with the Alien who visits a goofy family, and the two friends Mano and Rahul who are puzzled by a Baby."
The Puffin Book of Animal Stories for 6-Year-Olds
A cow who just can’t resist sweet cakes
An elephant that can fly
This zooful of animal stories is a treat for all you animal lovers and those who share that special bond with your pets. There’s Aman whose visit to the zoo changes his views on animals; Adil who prevents his pet chicken Noor from being eaten at Eid; and Arthy whose tortoise theme birthday party turns out to be a hit!"
One Dozen Stories
Twelve timeless stories by a master storyteller The creator of immortal films, Satyajit Ray was also a writer of great repute. In this collection are some of his most extraordinary and gripping stories that will take readers to realms of adventure, fantasy and horror. While -Bonku Babu's Friend' deals with a mofussil schoolteacher's encounter with a friendly and somewhat awkward alien, -Anath Babu's Terror' is the tale of a ghost hunter's foray into a haunted house. Meet Bipin Chowdhury, who seems to be suffering from a most disagreeable bout of amnesia, and read the amazing story of a carnivorous plant with a monstrous appetite in -The Hungry Septopus'. This collection also includes two stories featuring everyone's favourite detective, Feluda. Published originally in Bengali as Ek Dojon Goppo, this collection"the first in a series of short stories written by the master storyteller"is funny, sinister and intriguing by turns and truly a must-have.
Vikram and Vetal
"Classic Vikram and Vetal stories retold for our times The king slashes his way through the forest, his sword cutting down the terrifying rings of leaves and branches. He climbs a tamarind tree and brings down a corpse hanging from its highest branch. Just as he turns to make his way out of the gloomy forest, an eerie voice cackles in his ear . . . Thus begins the saga of Vikramaditya, the brave and noble king, and the Vetal, his tormentor from the spirit world. As Vikramaditya trudges through the forest, the Vetal narrates stories to him, ending each with a riddle that tests the king’s famed sense of justice, his ideas of right and wrong. Many centuries later, a twelve-year-old girl, disgusted at the way her summer holiday is turning out, runs away to a dusty field where she meets a strange old man sitting under a large tree. The man tells her stories about kings and queens and people of long ago, tales of generosity, courage and wisdom as well as of treachery, deceit and great stupidity. Incredibly, each of the stories deals with ideas and issues that are being debated at home by her eccentric grandmother. She also learns that these are the ancient Vikram and Vetal stories, and that King Vikramaditya had asked for a boon wanting these tales to be handed down generations. But who is the old man? And what connects the girl to a king from ancient times? Deftly weaving together the age-old Vikram and Vetal stories with the mysterious happenings of a summer holiday, Poile Sengupta brings alive these classic tales in a new, energetic way. Funny, sad, serious and weird, this unique retelling proves how relevant these tales remain even today."
A Clear Blue Sky
Sub title: Stories and Poems on Conflict and Hope
"26/11, 9/11, 7/7—dates that have changed the way we see ourselves and those around us. Dates that have changed the world, and not for the better. Why is the world getting increasingly fragmented? Is there a way for us to understand different viewpoints better? In this collection, writers from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan—Gulzar, Elmo Jayawardena, Manjula Padmanabhan, Poile Sengupta, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Subhadra Sen Gupta and others—write about various kinds of conflict in our society and history. Some stories are dark, others full of light and hope, and some outright funny as they portray mindless bigots for what they are. When a church burns in Bangalore, the altar cloth ends up in the hands of Mubina, whose grandmother can clean and repair it like no one else; years after the Partition tore a friendship apart, two people try to find the happiness that was once within their reach; and while chasing away courting couples from the Delhi Ridge, a young thug learns a lesson about what really makes Indian ‘culture’. Interspersed with poems that articulate pleas for peace and understanding, this collection is sure to start a conversation on religion, race, caste, and mindsets that divide us."
Crazy Times with Uncle Ken
Who doesn't like an eccentric uncle? Ruskin Bond certainly does. Read all the stories about bumbling and endearing Uncle Ken in this collection. Whenever Uncle Ken arrives at Grandma's house, and he does frequently, there is trouble afoot! Uncle Ken drives his car into a wall, is mistaken for a famous cricketer, troubled by a mischievous ghost, chased by a swarm of bees and attacked by flying foxes. Be it the numerous bicycle rides with the author or his futile attempts at finding a job, Uncle Ken's misadventures provide huge doses of laughter. Crazy Times with Uncle Ken includes old classics as well as new stories, and will be enjoyed by all Ruskin Bond fans.