About the Book
Author: Subhash Kommuru
Illustrator: Sujata Kommuru
Publication Date: October, 2014
Publisher: Kommuru Books
Recommended Ages: 3 to 8
Shastriji is a wise old chicken who always has an answer for How…. until comes the vile crow Kaalia who is up to no good. All of Shastriji’s ideas to deal with Kaalia one after other backfires. What if the right question was not “How” but “Why”? Could there be an end to the tyranny of Kaalia?
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
This is a children’s book about chickens who live on a farm and they have a great life until a crow decides to terrorize them. Despite their best efforts, the crow continues until the happy farm is ruined. They are finally saved when the crow goes after one of the chicks and the mom saves the chick, saves the day, and ultimately saves the farm.
Although the names are interesting, it may be difficult for young children to get past trying to pronounce them. Other than that, the story is child friendly. The pictures are made to look like they were drawn by a child. I think that could be a good idea if they looked just a little less so. There seemed to be a lot of scribbling on some of the pages.
Because of the names, this book would probably be best used as a book for parents to read to children at least the first few times.
About the Author & Illustrator: Subhash & Sujata Kommuru
Subhash and Sujata Kommuru hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself.
Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea!
These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.