The Reading Raccoons on Ashoka and the Muddled Messages

Review time! ” History is not easily lapped up by kids. My younger one, at least, tries to avoid all references to the subject. So, when he picked up a book from Natasha Sharma‘s History Mystery series, I was pleasantly surprised. Two books from the series are out, and we have read Ashoka and the Muddled messages. The plot is hilarious with the king’s edicts ending up muddled every time he sends them out to his kingdom. When he asks everyone to turn vegetarian, his edict gets muddled, and ends up inscribed on stone, encouraging people to make animal sacrifices! So who is muddling up the messages, and creating utter chaos across the kingdom?  The Agramatya’s beard, that he colours in the most outrageous shades, the Tremendous Ten and their antics, the queen’s tantrums – all make the whodunnit fairly interesting. What we absolutely loved about the book was the brief, simple facts about the king given at the back , a page in the end for ‘My hysterical History notes,’ and the absolutely lovely illustrations by Tanvi Bhat.  Must read for the younger raccoons. In fact my ten year old also enjoyed it, so it is definitely not limited to that age group.” – Tanu Shree Singh on The Reading Raccoons Available in bookstores and online retailers including Amazon  flipkart  infibeam Share...

On my historically geographically challenged past…

Here’s a blog piece that I wrote for my publisher Duckbill’s blog regarding history, geography and more such. Ooty and Orissa Natasha Sharma, the author of the History-Mystery series, on her struggles with history and geography at school and beyond! There is one bit of history that I recall clearly from school – the Indus Valley civilisation. It intrigued me. The layout of their cities, the thought put into buildings and public spaces, the drainage system, the statue of the dancing girl, the seals … it all built up this world in my head that has stayed with me ever since. On my earliest visit to the National Museum, I remember heading straight for the Harappan section and getting goosebumps on seeing the relics from thousands of years ago. And that’s really where all my fascination with history ended back then. History, apart from that first chapter, was my most dreaded subject. Okay, probably second from the bottom of my list, geography being the lowest. I was extremely geographically challenged back and even at the risk of being ridiculed ever after, I shall reveal the moment that I look back at myself in utter horror… Read ahead here … http://theduckbillblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/natasha-sharma-ooty-and-orissa/ Visit the History Mystery series page to know more about the books and for links to buy the books or ebooks. Click on the book covers below to read the first chapter from each book.      Share...

Going rooster crazy

Ruru Rooster has me thinking, seeing, dreaming up roosters everywhere! Here’s an adorable breakfast rooster and rather wonderful chicks that I came across on the blog site Little Food Junction. Eggs, corn, cucumber seem to do the trick. You’ll have the kids pecking away in no time! Share...

My sessions at Bookaroo in Pune and Junior Writers Bug in Mumbai

Two fun-filled weekends ahead! Join me at Bookaroo in Pune next weekend, Nov 30 – Dec1 or at the Junior Writers Bug festival on December 8 for some crowing, barking, burping and more madness. Details of my sessions: Bookaroo in Pune, at Sambhaji Park Jive to Rooster Raga November 30th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm, The lawns at Sambhaji Park, Pune Time to go Bonkers! November 30th, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, The stage at Sambhaji Park, Pune Let’s get Icky, Yucky, Mucky! December 1st, 2pm – 3pm, Crafty Corner at Sambhaji Park, Pune Junior Writers Bug, at Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai Opposite Dharavi bus depot Jive to the Rooster Raga December 8th, 11:45am – 12:45 am, in the Kahaani Corner, Maharashtra Nature Park Time to go Bonkers December 8th, 4:15pm – 5:15pm, in Nisarg, Maharashtra Nature Park To know more about each session read on: Jive to Rooster Raga. For children 4-7 years. Jump, jive, shake and sing with me as I prance about and read from my most recent book Rooster Raga. Then make your own roosters to take back home. Time to go Bonkers. For children 6-9 years. Join me as I read from my book, Bonkers! and enjoy an utterly mad session as I transport you to the world of doggie fun and my childhood home with 39 animals and 6 adults. Learn how to draw your very own Bonkers dog. Woof! Let’s get Icky, Yucky, Mucky! For children 6-9 years. Meet a Maharaja with the worst table manners ever, a nibbly Maharani and indulge your senses in a session of burps and slurps. Join me for an animated reading...