Parinta Shetty: The Best Indian Children’s Books of the Year

My favourite Indian children’s books of the year.

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We asked some people who we know read a lot of Indian children’s and YA books to tell us about one (or more) really impressive book they read this year. We will be posting their replies over the rest of the month.

Parinita Shetty is an author and a children’s book professional.

Parinita Shetty

We are thrilled that there are so many Duckbill books in Parinita’s list, and we promise no arms were twisted–platypuses do not believe in list-fixing.

Survival Tips for Lunatics by Shandana Minhas (Hachette India)

Twelve-year-old Changez Khan and his nine-year-old brother Taimur (aka Timmy) have been accidentally left behind by their parents in the wild. Just as they’re making plans to be reunited with their parents, there’s an earthquake. A talking sparrow then appears and saves them from a ravenous-yet-oddly-polite horde of giant crocodiles. Their excellent adventure also includes a philosophical bear, vegetarian Velociraptors, a poetry-hating dragon, some…

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