Book Review

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  • 12th February 2019

The Case of the Stolen Smells

The Case of the Stolen Smells

written by Pankaja Srinivasan and published by ‘Karadi Tales’.

This book tells the tale of Raju, who has a modest lunch of rice each day. One day he discovers the delicious smell of bajjis coming from Babu’s stall. He starts to have the most wonderful lunch – purely tasting the smells! Babu soon realises what Raju is doing and demands that Raju pay for the smells.

We received this wonderful book review from the parents of a young girl,  Vania Vriksha, who is 3 years and 9 months old and from India. She obviously enjoyed the book! These are responses to questions her parents asked her about the book. “I like the hand with the green nail polish on the cover of the book….Raju works in an Indian haircutting salon…Every day Raju only ate rice ….Babu was frying mozhaga bhajji …and Raju could smell the bajjis…..Babu said “How dare they ?” (This is my favourite dialogue) …..Raju said “why you are angry Babu ?” Babu said ….”because you are smelling my Bhajji”…Babu went to the village head…Chattapadi…he wears only dhoti shirt. Babu complained to Chattapadi and a case was happening. I like Raju, Kannan, Chattapadi and also all the village people. I like Raju because he cuts hair for people . It is a good story . Raju is a good guy and Babu is a bad guy. Babu should not ask money for smelling the bhajji but only if you eat the bhajji.”

Thank you to Vania for introducing us to the book and for contacting The Story Room from so far!