ABOUT THE BOOKRohan has managed to get his pesky little brother Kabir on his side; now it’s time to break a few ground rules set by their parents for their seaside holiday. A genie popping out of a washed up can of cola is definitely not part of the plan, but if Rohan thinks they have found a wish-granting slave, he couldn’t be more wrong. Is he clever enough to get what he wants from the canny genie? What does he want anyway?
- Rohan (twelve) and Kabir (eight) are on a boring beachside holiday, trying to find ways to kill time and not get into trouble, when they stumble upon a strange cola can. Before they know it, they’re face to face with a genie. Genie on Holiday is a quick, light-hearted adventure story that will go down well with readers who’ve just begun their foray into chapter book territory.
- Liji Ravindran’s writing is simple and lucid – peppered with just enough difficult words to make the prose challenging and stimulating. She has a good grasp over the lingo youngsters use, which ensures that the narrative is convincing and holds the attention of a young reader.
- The adventure itself is brief and fun. Despite having fantastical elements, the book sticks to the core of its plot and setting, instead of trying to introduce complicated magical elements or time travel. The story is well-developed and evenly paced.
- The illustrations are somewhat of a let-down. The style is not very interesting or original, and it neither adds nor takes away from the text.