When Petu starts cheating, his friends are sure he is headed for a life of crime. They try everything to stop him – hypnosis, a home-baked truth serum, a D-I-Y polygraph… Will they succeed?


  • Pushkin and his band of friends are back with another hilarious adventure. Needless to say, Pushkin, aka Petu, eats his way through the story.
  • Author Arundhati Venkatesh gets the humour spot on in Cheater Peter, that sweet spot that both children and adults will appreciate and enjoy.
  • Each of Petu’s friends have a quirk of their own, making them stand out and certainly adding to the humour quotient.
  • Shilpa Ranade has an offbeat artistic style and the illustrations are rather different from those one might find in a children’s book. The holes are mostly unused though, which is a pity.
  • Some of the scenarios are quite unrealistic (such as tying a broken rubber band around a brick, climbing a building or carrying a spiked cheesecake to school). Not that the intended readers of this book would care a jot.


An engaging story with a clever twist of an ending. No morals, no subtle social commentary – this hOle book is just fun!


Author: Arundhati Venkatesh
Illustrator: Shilpa Ranade
Language: English
Page Extent: 72 pages
Price: Rs.175.00
ISBN: 978-93-87103-07-8
Publisher: Duckbill, 2018
Subject Category: Fiction/Chapter Book/Series
Age-group: 7+


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