Moin The Monster Songster
Anitha Balachandran
age group: 
7+ yrs
Number of pages: 
pets monsters humour family
fiction, fantasy

Anushka Ravishankar’s Moin the Monster Songster continues the adventures of the Moin, his pet Monster ,(that suddenly appeared under his bed, as monsters are supposed to, it says) Parvathi and Tony, Moin’s friends. Tony, by the way, has been writing from the first book on,a book on Monster Rules, which the latter seems to invent to suit itself from time to time.

Mr Kooki the school Princie is seeing pink things, and Reddy the psychiatrist is having a whale of a time analyzing him. The pink and hopelessly tuneless creature gets Moin into a lot of hot water at school and at home , as it cannot hear a musical note without bursting into shreiky song.

Moin's innocently supportive parents think he needs to attend a classical vocal class ( at which he excels) but at the final concert the Monster escapes the clutches of the three friends and sings instead of Moin…..Loopy Bagiri thinks it wonderful music…read on for a rollercoaster ride with Moin and his life with the Monster!

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


Asha Nehemiah comments on FB:

The Monster Songster (Moin -2) matches Moin 1 in whacky, irreverent humour. Totally agree -- these are 2 beautifully produced books. And Anitha's Balachandran's illustrations are super cool