Hello All, Happy Diwali and best wishes. Today I am bringing to you a book review of an upcoming children’s book Moshank Relia’s “Adventures in Farland”
About The Book
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 by a man named Bushy that she has been invited by Princess Harmonica to attend the party. Bushy also uses a spell to turn her two friends, the mischievous and vexing boys, Bira and Vira, into rats so that they will not disturb the other party guests with their constant fighting and misbehaviour. At midnight, Mira, with Bira and Vira snuggled in her pocket, climbs Gunhill and is picked up by the pilot Starhead and flown in his plane to the party. However, the flight is cut short by a terrible wind, and Starhead is forced to land his plane near the Lost Forest. There, Mira discovers that Farland is in great jeopardy. Another Farland resident, Windman, has been generating great windstorms to prevent the Queen of Witches from reaching Dragon Hill. She intends to release the Dragon of Underhill, chained in its den beneath Dragon Hill, so that Farland will be burned and completely destroyed.
About the Author
Moshank is a graduate in English literature and has earned certificates in creative writing, sketching and theatre. He also holds a diploma in photography and has worked as a fashion photographer. He has trekked a number of high-altitude ranges in the Himalayas, including the mighty Rupin Pass (15,250ft.), Kedarkantha (12,850ft.) and the Kuari Pass (12,516ft.). His love for adventure, his deep affection for kids and his wide-ranging creative experiences drove him to write children’s fiction.
Even though he is based in New Delhi, he can often be found sauntering along Camel Back Road, Mussoorie, where he spent most of his teenage years.
I have grown up on a dose of fairy tales. I have read each and every fairy tale and children’s classics and I still read them up sometimes, the abridged versions. When I got the book of Moshank Relia I was happy to have received an adventure fairy tale. And it held my attention with its opening lines “ It was a misty Sunday. ‘Sunday is a fun day,’”
It is the adventure story of Mira Rawat, a 7 year old and her friends BIra and Vira the potbellied twins, who are always fighting and misbehaving. They reminded me of Twiddledee and Twiddledum. They all are invited to Farland to attend the New Moon Party. The story follows their adventurous journey to this magical land of Farland; home to many gnomes, fairies, eagles, toads, toadstools, the wise Wizard, Queen Halo and Saltman, the Dragon of Underhill, and whatnot!
The book is full of imagination and adventures which take you off to faraway lands and introduce you to mystical creatures. The characters are unique and very well drawn, e.g. Bushy who has a bush in place of his head or the star headed pilot. Children will relate to the characters and the story will help build imagination. The language is simple and will help develop your child’s vocabulary.
There are lot of lessons to be learnt to from the little Mira; Bravery, Loyalty and Friendship. The plot takes her through some amusing adventures. She has always heard of Farland and she gets to go there. Will she be able to save her magical land. The book will certainly keep tiny readers hooked.
Only thing that I did not like about the book is the lack of bright colourful illustrations. I still remember the pictures from all my fairy tale books and those were helpful in making the characters more alive, which is lacking here. But the book’s cover illustration is very cute and attractive.
My Rating – 4.5/5
All in all a good and cute read for children. The author has not included any bad incidents or words or action sequences and kept the book very clean. It will hold the interest of young readers.
Stay tuned for the scheduled release of the book on 19th October 2017