Muthumama and Muthumami have an unexpected guest for dinner – a ravenous lion! Find out what happens next in this tale of hospitality gone wrong.


  • A fun picture book that tells the story of Muthumama and Muthumami, who invite a hungry lion home for a lip-smacking feast of hot dosas, spicy sambar and savoury chutney.
  • Expect to soak in the aromas and flavours that waft out of a traditional South Indian kitchen.
  • Chetan Sharma’s bright and colourful illustrations add drama and emotion to the story, be it the hunger of the lion, its disappointment and anger at being cheated of a feast and the fear of the elderly South Indian couple.
  • In fact, the visual narrative does a lot more for the story than does the text, which could have been edited to be more concise and impactful.
  • The dual ending is likely to ensure that young readers are not disappointed either way.
  • This picture book was shortlisted in the Best Picture Book: Story and Best Picture Book: Illustration categories at The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards 2018.


A humorous picture book that is good for reading aloud to young readers and to be read independently by confident readers.


Author: Lavanya Karthik
Illustrator: Chetan Sharma
Language: English
Page Extent: 36 pages
Price: Rs 250.00
ISBN: 978-8181903136
Publisher: Karadi Tales, 2016
Subject Category: Fiction/Picture Book/Humour/Fantasy
Age-group: 5+

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