NEEL ON WHEELS

NEEL ON WHEELS

ABOUT THE BOOK

My big brother Neel has wheels!
Neel’s wheelchair transforms itself to fight dragons and monsters and chase away scary creatures of the night.

SNAPSHOT REVIEW

  • Neel on Wheels is narrated from the perspective of a younger brother who adores his older brother and thinks he can fight dragons and monsters and chase away scary creatures of the night. After all, Neel – being in a wheelchair – has wheels!
  • The idea that a child in a wheelchair can be a superhero and not necessarily a ‘victim’ is marvellous, and very welcome. By ‘normalizing’ or even celebrating that which is usually derided or pitied, author Lavanya Karthik strikes the right note of inclusivity.
  • The story deals with several of a child’s fears – caused by an active imagination that sees dragons and tigers in lurking shadows and rustling leaves. For a child, these fears are real, and it is assuring to know that help is at hand – from another child!
  • There’s a wonderful rhythm and metre in the text, which is vital in a book meant for a young reader.
  • Habib Ali’s illustrations so effectively capture both the fearsome stillness of a dark night and the mind-boggling madness of a busy street, that one can’t but help going through the book again and again to feast one’s eyes on them.
  • This picture book is the winner in the Children First writing competition organized by Parag, an initiative of Tata Trusts, and Duckbill Books.

CONCLUSION

Neel on Wheels is a perfect mirror-and-window book – for some readers, it reflects their own experience; for others, it offers a view into someone else’s experience.

BOOK DETAILS


Author: Lavanya Karthik
Illustrator: Habib Ali
Language: English
Page Extent: 24 pages
Price: Rs 299.00
ISBN: 978-93-83331-87-1
Publisher: Duckbill, 2018
Subject Category: Fiction/Picture Book/Disability/Inclusion
Age-group: 6+

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