The 13th Riddle
Nadine D'Souza
Ajanta Guhathakurta
age group: 
5+ yrs
Number of pages: 
riddles problem solving moustache
Picture book, fiction

A humourous tale of a pompous mayor, Piloo Paheliji of Chakrampur, who prided himself on two things – one, his fine handle-bar  moustache and second, his phenomenal ability to set riddles which foxed every single person in the town.

Year after year, he posed a riddle to his people, which they repeatedly failed to solve. One day, he decided to throw in a grand prize – the Mayor’s post, to the successful candidate.

A little boy, undaunted, successfully picks up the cudgel, to the amusement of everyone in the town.

Kids will love the riddles in the story, as well as the courage of the precocious little boy and of course, the grand old moustache, as well!

The bold lines of the illustrations with their over-the-top depiction of Piloo Paheliji are sure to delight the kids. The strong lines will also be helpful to a partially visually challenged child be able to focus on and enjoy the visuals.

What a treat of a book!

Reviewed by Shamim Padamsee