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March 20, 2014

Book Review - 154 : Timmy in Tangles




Author : Shals Mahajan
Publisher : Duckbill Books
Illustrations by Shreya Sen


Timmi’s life is full of tangles: Her mother expects her to go to school even though she’s a raja; Idliamma eats up all her idlis and everyone thinks Timmi ate them ... and why can’t people understand that if you have a giant for a friend you can lift the roof to let the rain in? 

Timmy in Tangles is a small little children graphic book which will sweep you away with the sincerity and sweetness of its lead protagonist. The writer's approach of storytelling to tell the narrative from the point of view of the child brings in a fresh perspective on the table. In just over 70 odd pages, author sweeps you away with Timmi's emotions - sad, sweet, funny and distressed. The book can engage readers of all ages, which is no mean feat in this age. The lines between reality and fiction are seamlessly blended in a contemporary, urban India where her experiences are told in an easy, impeccable manner. She comes from an non-orthodox family but that point is never forced into the story, but told with ease and finesse.

I am going with 3.5/5 for Shals Mahajan's 'Timmy in Tangles'. Read it for your child or read it with him/her but don't miss it.

[Update : 28 May, 2015 - Book was nominated and won at the Vodaphone Crossword Book award 2014]

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