Viji can’t sit still. She fidgets and she wriggles, and she is in constant motion. Nothing seems to contain her boundless energy.


  • This book is part of the Little Book Lovers’ Reading series that aims to prepare small children to start reading; in the publisher’s words, “reinforce pre-reading skills”.
  • It has a story that a lot of youngsters (and perhaps the adults in their lives too) will identify with. Viji is a vibrant and mischievous young girl who is always up to something and of course can’t ever sit still.
  • The illustrations are especially cute and charming, making it ideal to engage the youngest of readers.
  • At 64 pages, the book is way too long for its intended audience. Perhaps 24 pages or even fewer would have been ideal.
  • For a book that aims to teach reading, and therefore language skills, the writing is quite ordinary. For instance, the rhymes sound somewhat forced; there is a mix of tenses in the narrative; and there is a typo on the cover.


Sit Still has a lot of potential and would have achieved it with better text and a much shorter length.


Author: Karishma Mahbubani
Illustrator: Suzzanne Rebello
Language: English
Page Extent: 64 pages
Price: Rs 200.00
ISBN: 978-93-85290-20-6
Publisher: MultiStory Learning, 2017
Subject Category: Fiction/Picture book
Age-group: 3+

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