Moin and the Monster
Anitha Balachandran
age group: 
7+ yrs
Number of pages: 
monsters humour family
fiction, fantasy


Anushka Ravishankar is one the most interesting and witty writers for children that I have read. Obviously brought up on a diet of Lewis Carrol, P. G.Wodehouse, Roald Dahl and Disney, her sense of humour is very urban and very finely honed and her books keep one laughing throughout. It is so refreshing to have non- preachy non- moralistic fun loving books with a sense of the ridiculous that are seriously needed by children and parents and teachers all, in over-serious India where everyone’s talking down to kids all the time! Here is an author who isn’t afraid of being absurd, and her language is faultless so the books bring a double benefit!

The books offer a subtle comment on urban life and values, parents, teachers, the behavior of adults, and our obsession with stardom. (Loopy Bagiri—obviously Bappi Lahiri, and Kapeera Kannur –Kareena Kapur)

In this book, the Monster enters young Moin’s life a la the Tasmanian Devil being suddenly shipped in a crate into Bug’s Bunny’s world, where he eats voraciously and whizzes around doing the most unstoppable crazy things .

The characters the author has created are hilarious, Mr Kooki( Kutty Krishnan) the school Principal, his wife , Mrs Kooki, and Tothogotho the music teacher are probably the best.

The audio/ onomatopoeic content of the books is delightful and they need to be read aloud to get the best out of they will make great family reading time . Anitha Balachandran’s illustrations complement the book well.

The books have been very well edited and produced and are almost flawless, and the promos and ads don’t really do justice to the quality the books bring. So one must get one’s hands on them, that’s for sure!

Reviewed by Mariam Karim-Ahlawat