I got this book for my 8 year old niece- read it together with her and have to say that I was as involved in the story as she was and absolutely loved the way the beautiful message was conveyed as well as the gorgeous graphics and colours. Definitely my go to place for gifts for nieces and nephews and godkids 🙂 Cant wait to see what Bookosmia comes up with next.
A beautiful coming of age tale that encapsulates a melange of themes -from a contemporary story line of a boy trying to fit in, to the past glory of a dying tradition, guided by subtle yet strong support from family and elders to finally finding your own destiny, all through interwoven with informative aspects of one of most vibrant dance-drama forms of Karnataka…..truly makes you go “Aha!” with delight!”
To read Divya Purandar’s review of our book Yaksha, head over to her blog, an excellent resource for parents and readers of children’s books :
I received ‘Yaksha’ with a handwritten note from the author herself! This was the first time that I received such a wonderful letter and it was an absolute delight to read the book, which is about the Yakshagana theater form and how a schoolboy revives it an unexpected way! I’ve enclosed the note. My daughter loved it. Thank you Tanu Shree Singh for writing about it last week and for drawing attention to such diverse voices in children’s literature!
If you are looking for a quick read to introduce your child (and yourself) to Yakshagana, a dance and drama form of Karnataka, this is it. Honestly, I had assumed it would be drab but the facts about dance are mixed with our boy Yaksha’s story in just the right doses!
Thanks for sending this, Archana Mohan! I had no idea Yakshagana existed! The story of its origin, sharing of space by women and men -it is all very fascinating.
Yaksha is a beautiful little picture book about a boy who is bullied in school for being different and who inadvertently revives a traditional Indian theater form!
Read this beautiful review by Toka Box, a monthly subscription box that carefully curates a children’s book representative of South Asians every month.
I have ordered four of these books for my son and his cousins. There are couple of things that I like about these books. – The graphics and colours. They are very interesting for a young kid. – The activity box. It makes the stories a lot more real for the kids. – Personalisation.
My 3.5 year old was so excited to get the box of goodies from Bookosmia which included the book “I wish I were”, a coloring book and a jigsaw puzzle. I simply loved the concept of personalizing books for children. My girl feels like a proud protagonist every time I read her the book.