A good children’s story book has the following trait: adults can read and enjoy it too. After all, when the kid is of a younger age, don’t the parents read goodnight stories to them from children’s fiction books? And hence, shouldn’t the book make the adult reader smile and laugh too?
Moshank Relia’s “Adventure in Farland” is a book for young readers, with a storyline that both, young and older readers will love.
Mira Rawat has heard tales of Farland all her life from her mother, who has described the magical place of gnomes, fairies, mermaids and animals, and especially its wondrous festival, the New Moon Party. Now, Mira has been informed that she has been invited to the New Moon party by the Princess of Farland, Harmonica. What else could she have asked for? A party in a magical land, with lots of delicious and magical food and interesting magical people to meet, is every child’s fantasy.
Alas, the road to her party is peppered with a lot of problems. Her two friends, Bira and Vira are turned into rats due to their rowdy nature. A cruel woman, The Queen of Witches chooses to attack Farland and release the Dragon of the Underhill, on the very night of the New Moon Party. Mira, a guest and mere bystander, decides to help the kind people of Farland, to save their homes and magical land. The adventures that follow are fascinating and filled with fantasy.
The language used in the book reminded me of the feeling I used to feel when I opened a new box of oil pastels as a kid: the rush of bright colours, vivid and beautifully arranged always made my eyes shine with wonder. Your child will have no problem imagining the land of Farland. He/she will sympathise with the people of Farland, and strongly condemn the act of the Queen of Witches. Moreover, this book will be a primer for your child on many values and lessons that he/she must learn at a young age: how not to be a glutton all the time, how to follow instructions in times of emergency, how to be smart in times of panic and how to make sure that everyone has a good time at a magical party!
Also, I feel that the imaginative prose in the book is essential, because it gives children fodder for their budding brains. Bubbly characters with uniquely identifiable traits make it easy for children to relate with the characters and also with the story.
I give ‘Adventures in Farland’ a 4/5 star rating. This book will be released on 19th October, in a Paperback edition. The publisher is Rumour Books India.
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