Cross Connection: The Big Circus adventure by Jugal Hansraj

cross connection.jpgI received the book Cross Connection: The Big Circus adventure by Jugal Hansraj as a review copy from the publisher Rupa Publications and am thankful to them for the book. This book published under Red Turtle Books of the Rupa Banner revolves around the animals in a circus and is the debut work of the author. The illustrations are by Shrirang Sathaye, an animation lover, designer and director for thirty years.

The blurb:

When the animals of the ‘The Great Indian Circus’ found their lives all topsy-turvy, they realized that turning the world around takes a lot more than just circus acts.

Chunky the Funky monkey and Bhole Ram the Brave are among the performing animals of The Great Indian Circus. While Chunky spends most of his time playing pranks on others, Bhole Ram is a shy and gentle elephant who ends up bearing the brunt of Chunky’s mischief.

Things take a turn when their bodies get switched in a freak accident, and they are forced to live each other’s lives. A cosmic cross connection that leads to complete confusion all around!

Trapped in each other’s bodies, Bhole Ram and Chunky learn to put aside their differences in order to make things smooth in the Circus again—both for themselves and for everyone else—learning some important lessons in life along the way.

Cross Connection is a delightful read that will leave you smiling long after the last page has been turned!

The story:

In the outskirts of a charming little hill station called Kamalpur, in the Himalayas in North India, The Great Indian Circus is stationed. Mr Gulshan Circuswala, the owner of the circus, an animal lover, cares for the animals with a lot of love as if they were his own children. And the best part of the circus was that none of the animals were caged but housed in separate enclosures and roamed freely in the circus.

A lot many animals lived in the circus, Uncle Geri, the wise old bluebird, who did not really perform at the circus but had lived there for as long as he could remember and all the animals were his best friends.

Uncle Geri has two favourite animals, Bhole Ram the Brave and Savitri, both elephants. Bhole Ram is a big grey elephant, the star attraction of the circus and part of the famous opening act. He is possibly the most soft-hearted and shy animal in the troupe. Savitri is his female partner, massive, beautiful and equally gentle. He is crazily in love with Savitri but cannot tell her.

Pintu, affectionately called Pintu Da, the Royal Bengal tiger, is a classical singer. Chintamani the Lion, the king of beasts, is a nervous, shrinking violet, scared about anything and everything and even had a stage fright.

And then there is Chunky the Funky monkey is a prankster. And there is a girl monkey, Jenny, who is his best friend. There are the evil panthers, Kaalia and Charlie, who are locked up in the cage for their life threatening crimes.

Chunky and Bhole Ram do not see eye to eye because Bhole Ram does not like the way Chunky plays silly pranks on his friends.

But one day an incident happens and their souls switch, so Chunky is in the body of Bhole Ram and Bhole Ram is in Chunky’s body.

What happens next???

Read on……….

My take:

A simple, well written story with lovable and funny characters, beautiful illustrations and beautiful messages is how I would describe this book in one line, but a one line review would not do justice to this book, so here are the details.

Story is simple written in a simple language, easily understandable. The writing is crisp and there are twists and turns in the plot.

I really liked all the characters in the book, they are funny, lovable and all of them have something to teach. Illustrations inside the book as well as the cover are beautiful and the illustrator, Shrirang Sathaye, has to be applauded for his work.

The descriptions are such that I could visualise a lot of scenes and felt that I was a part of the story. The author has also given messages through various characters. I loved the romance part as well.

The book is unputdownable especially after the switch.

An excellent book for kids and adults alike.

A must must read.

DISCLAIMER: I received the book as a review copy from the publisher, Rupa Publications, in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

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Eating Healthy with Mighty Raju

1282120a.jpgI received the book Eating Healthy with Mighty Raju as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. This is one book in the series of sixteen books created for the little ones.

On the back cover of the book:

The beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of books created keeping young learners in mind. Throughout this series, you will learn a variety of concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. The unique series has with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

My take:

The book talks about healthy food and junk food in the form of a story. I feel it would help children understand the importance of healthy food. The book is well illustrated and easy for a small child to understand. The cover is attractive and has a feel good factor. An excellent book for little ones who have just learnt to read sentences.

The book starts with a photo introduction to the characters.

Highly recommended.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

 

Mighty Raju spends a day at the sea

1282123aI received the book Mighty Raju spends a day at the sea as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. This is one book in the series of sixteen books created for the little ones.

On the back cover of the book:

The beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of books created keeping young learners in mind. Throughout this series, you will learn a variety of concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. The unique series has with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

My take:

In this book, Raju and his friends spend a day at the beach. Suddenly, Raju’s friends are captured by a big crab and the adventure begins.

The book is well illustrated and cover is attractive and has a feel good factor.

The book starts with a photo introduction to the characters.

The story has been written in small sentences which are easy for a small child to understand. An excellent book for little ones who have just learnt to read sentences.

Highly recommended.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

Mighty Raju’s adventure on a train

51zFvRGsm-L._SX359_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book Mighty Raju’s adventure on a train as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. This is one book in the series of sixteen books created for the little ones.

On the back cover of the book:

The beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of books created keeping young learners in mind. Throughout this series, you will learn a variety of concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. The unique series has with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

My take:

In this book, Raju and his parents are on a train, returning from a vacation and bandits enter the train. Mighty Raju adventure begins.

The book is well illustrated and starts with a photo introduction to the characters.

The story has been written in small sentences which are easy for a small child to understand. An excellent book for little ones who have just learnt to read sentences.

Highly recommended.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

Mighty Raju at the amusement park

51uroCXr0dL._SX368_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book Mighty Raju at the amusement park as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. This is one book in the series of sixteen books created for the little ones.

On the back cover of the book:

The beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of books created keeping young learners in mind. Throughout this series, you will learn a variety of concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. The unique series has with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

My take:

In this book, Raju and his friends go to an amusement park to spend a fun-filled day. They enjoy many rides and suddenly a disaster is about to strike and Mighty Raju saves them.

The book is well illustrated and starts with a photo introduction to the characters.

The story has been written in small sentences which are easy for a small child to understand. An excellent book for little ones who have just learnt to read sentences.

Highly recommended.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

Mighty Raju goes into space

1282118a.jpgI received the book Mighty Raju goes into space as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. This is one book in the series of sixteen books created for the little ones.

On the back cover of the book:

The beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of books created keeping young learners in mind. Throughout this series, you will learn a variety of concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. The unique series has with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

My take:

In this book, Raju travels to the Moon and finds his friends at the command centre there. There are aliens and they capture the kids. And thus starts Raju’s adventure in space. The story is cute and has been written in small sentences which are easy for a small child to understand. The cover is attractive and has a feel good factor. The book starts with a photo introduction to the characters.

An excellent book for little ones who have just learnt to read sentences.

Highly recommended.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

 

Mighty Raju goes to the mountains

Mighty-Raju-goes-to-the-SDL033845250-1-816c9.jpgI received the book Mighty Raju goes to the mountains as a review copy from Rupa Publications and am thankful to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. This is one book in the series of sixteen books created for the little ones.

On the back cover of the book:

The beloved superhero Mighty Raju is back. Set out on exciting adventures with him and also learn something new with this unique series of books created keeping young learners in mind. Throughout this series, you will learn a variety of concepts in a fun, interactive and engaging manner. The unique series has with the right amount of learning, fun and adventure all packed together.

My take:

In this book, Raju and his friends take a trip to the mountains along with their parents. The book has good illustrations. The cover is attractive and has a feel good factor. The book starts with a photo introduction to the characters.

An excellent book for little ones.

Highly recommended.

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.