There was once a young prince who hated food. A series of comic turn of events led the royal cook to create a soft, crisp, golden ball, which again, by a funny twist of words gets to be called a - Bonda! The prince loved them and ate them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Soon enough all the people in the kingdom started to eat the round Bondas. And as you would you expect, they became round, just like the bondas.
From there starts the story of the round and happy people, in the land that soon became known as - Bondapalli. As the title suggests, it is a silly, rib-tickling story of the people of Bondapalli. Children wills enjoy the bouncy rhythm of the story and cheer at the slapstick war that culminates at the end of the tale.
The animation style of illustrations also enhances the impact of the story. My children read the book for weeks together - every single day! They laughed spontaneously and were engrossed in animated discussion.
The significant part is the end of the story that provides an opportunity to the reader to become a writer and think of different closure to the story or carry forward the story with a sequel. And yes, there should definitely be a sequel or series of this slap-dash comedy style story!
Perfect gift by an author to its young readers!
This book is also available in: Hindi, Marathi, Gujrati, Bangla, Tamil, Telugu, Malyalam, Kannada.
The Silly Story of Bondapalli was selected as an Outstanding Picture Book for the Nami Island International Children's Book Festival, Korea, by the Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC).