I’m close to finishing my TBR list of 40 books. I decided that I would read 5 classics and write about them but I’m still on my second one because some of them are simply difficult to read. I hope to achieve my goal by December.
Recently, Scholastic India Writers Academy conducted a writing workshop for kids. The final stories written by these kids were curated and published as an anthology. This book is special to me because one of the stories was written by my 11-year-old daughter when she was 10. So, I took the onus of reviewing the book which consists of 20 stories by 20 little children.
The cover is cute with books flying all over the place.
Name: Little Bits of Magic
Author: 20 kids from the Scholastic India Writers Academy
Number of pages: 162
Availability: Amazon (Buy paperback here)
Perhaps the title could be different as all the stories do not talk about magic. The subtitles, on the other hand, are apt for the stories written under them.
Most of the authors have written in simple Indian English though some of them have used words that I had to Google. The word for today is gargantuan.
You will find all kinds of stories like simple thrillers, murder mysteries, magic diaries, embezzlement stories, change of heart, power of friendship, planet attacks, adventures and space ventures here. There are also stories about witches, grouchy grandmas, mafia and monsters.
*It was interesting to read what kids can write these days.
*Some of the stories were really mind-blowing (considering that they were written by mere 10 to 12-year-olds)!
*I learned quite a few words from these little writers.
*Their imagination was quite interesting.
*Some of the authors had an impressive palette of words.
The editing is done well despite negligible errors. Of course, for the kids, there is a lot of scope for improvement. If they can write this much at this age, I’m sure that they will right all their wrongs and do way better in the years to come. Wishing them all the best!
All the author introductions were written in the first person and were very cute. What I found common with all the little ones was that all of them read, loved to read or were avid readers. And this good reading habit shows in this amazing book.
Just to mention, my daughter’s story is called Murder at the Mads. I suggest you read this book, too. Perhaps one story a day would do justice so that you can absorb each story and revel in the authors’ imaginations. I hope you enjoy this publication by Scholastic India.
Check out my daughter’s BOOK REVIEW of GERONIMO STILTON BOOKS here.
This post is part of Bookish League blog hop hosted by Bohemian Bibliophile.