September 27, 2017

Book Review: Kuttan's Dilemma by Leni Varkey

Kuttan’s Dilemma
Author: Leni Varkey
Rating: 3.5/5

“The town was paper, but the memories were not.”

If you were born in the 90s, then you would remember the mastermind character from one of the favourite comic books- Chacha Chaudhary. Reading during those days was simple, yet effective. Not only did we enjoy the humorous illustrations that depicted Sabu as extra tall and Pinki as extremely mischievous, but also learned our lessons. Though the comics can still be found today, yet the quality is no longer the same. ‘Kuttan’s Dilemma’ comes as a big relief for all the parents who want their children to read about  smart, witty and good characters. This fiction book narrates the story of a young village boy, Kuttan, who finds solace in his soliloquy. He loves to observe and form opinions. Leni Varkey has beautifully crafted the central character and I feel the children will be able to relate to the boy completely.

Area A: Text
The text has been organized in simple sentences. Not only can the children understand the language but also enjoy the pictorial representation of the scenes. The beauty of the book lies in the illustrations, for they add the necessary emphasis on the scenes.

Area B: Illustrations
The cover of the book neatly presents the main agenda of the plot. The catchy and colourful cover with a precise blurb acts as an icing on the cake. Kudos to Rishi Bhardwaj for making the book very interactive through the pictures!

Area C: Characterization
The main character of the story is Kuttan and the most dominant trait that can be identified is his intelligence and honesty. The author of the book has brought in the positivity of the character, which will, in turn, help in shaping up the minds of the young readers.

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