ABOUT THE BOOKTootsie Lama is an eight-year-old girl in Darjeeling. She lives on her own, goes to bed any time she likes, cooks her own meals, and doesn’t bathe if she doesn’t want to. One day she decides she would really like a delicious steaming bowl of thukpa, just like her aama used to make. Now all she needs is a plan.
- Any kid who has a Pippi Longstocking dream will take to Tootsie Lama, living on her own, taking care of herself (or not).
- Ishan Trivedi’s illustrations are delightful (it’s a pity he doesn’t get a cover credit), especially the spreads, and Tootsie and Tenzing’s energy spills out of each page.
- The story, however, is quite ordinary. The plot is somewhat absurd, and there is way too much time spent building up Tootsie’s (tragic) life.
- There are inconsistencies in the story too. In places the language is not at all child-friendly: “But alas, merriment ceased when a landslide wreaked devastation in the town market” or “…he spotted the big grasshopper taking centre stage on an old man’s hair next, performing an allegro to what seemed like Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’.”