ABOUT THE BOOKLittle Shilu loves to dance around naked. She wants to be like the animals; like Pirate, her cat. When her grandmother Nannu says she can’t because she is now a big girl, Shilu wants to know why. Peppered with Nannu’s loving chiding, intimate grandma-granddaughter bonding over conversations, and a heart-to-heart between the mother and her inquisitive daughter, this book is a reflection of the wild and free nature of childhood.
- A dreamy book that celebrates the carefree pleasures and innocence of childhood.
- Young Shilu longs to be wild and free – of clothes, of expectations, of social norms. Author Richa Jha explores this unusual theme from a child’s viewpoint as she goes about her everyday life, chatting, questioning, playing and having fun with her grandmother and mother.
- The strong and unconditional relationships Shilu shares with her grandmother and mother are beautifully portrayed in the book. Not to mention, Shilu’s camaraderie with Pirate the cat.
- Ruchi Mhasane’s soft, flowing illustrations complement the text and add an ethereal quality to it.
- The illustrations infuse a sense of movement in the book in more ways than one – they depict the playfulness and physicality of the characters and also help move the story forward.
- The text feels stilted on a couple of pages, especially where the illustrations tell the story much better.