Friday, 16 February 2018

Book Review: Prankenstein Edited by Jerry Pinto and Ruskin Bond.

Book: Prankenstein 

The gorgeous illusions in the book were delightful! 

Book: Prankenstein

Edited By: Ruskin Bond and Jerry Pinto

Illustrations: Lavanya Naidu

Pages: 121

Publisher: Talking Cub

Read On: Hardback Edition

How Long it Took Me To Read: 3 hours

Plot Summary: Is your school a hotspot for jokes? Do your family members regularly fall victim to pranks? Do ghosts and spooks get you into trouble? Find every kind of funny, crazy, impossible mischief in this book. Here you will find the girl who turned into a sloth just for her mother, the horse who went to the library and ate up some classics, the substitute teacher who saw dead people, the play where everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and many more amazing tales of pranks and troublemaking!
Selected by Ruskin Bond and Jerry Pinto, these stories have been written by some of the best children’s writers of the country, including Sukumar Ray, R.K. Narayan, Ranjit Lal, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Paro Anand, Bulbul Sharma and many more. As an added bonus, watch out for brand new stories by Ruskin Bond and Jerry Pinto, too. Prankenstein is a delicious treasure trove of trouble and will have every mischief-maker plotting that perfect prank!

General Thoughts: This book was sent to me by the publishers but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Things I Liked: 

1. An anthology dedicated to mischief! What's not to love?! An ode to childhood and it's innocent pranks and mischief. A throw back to simpler times and nostalgia.

2. This collection of stories contains stories from various authors. Some I had read before- Ruskin Bond, Jerry Pinto, Sukumar Ray and R.K. Narayan and some that were entirely new to me. A good way to sample new works and new writers.

3. For the Ruskin Bond fans, worry not. Not only does he edit this compilation, there are also a couple of stories by him.

4. The book is sectioned off in portions, mischiefs in School, Relatives and even Ghosts! So you could go a section that appeals to you the most and jump between sections.

5. This is a children's book and it works wonderfully for younger readers, obviously. I think the best part is that it takes today's children to a time before technology and how kids in the past entertained themselves. I also think it brings the stories of their parent's childhood come alive. And maybe even give kids today an idea on how to manage some mischief of their very own! :)

6. Even though it's a book meant for kids, the book is thoroughly enjoyable for grown-ups as well. A mark of a very good children's book in my opinion. This book and it's stories will take you back to your childhood and maybe some shenanigans you and your friends got up to. It is hugely relatable.

7. The illustrations are lovely! In fact, one of the stories in told in graphic novel style, quite lovely.

8. I read this book on a day that was less than stellar and it just lifted my mood. It was so funny and soothing and I had the best time reading this book!

Rating: 4/5

A fun read for people of all ages! 

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