This is the fifth book in the series featuring Sringeri Srinivas, the crazy, lovable, long-haired farmer. He has a temper (though he doesn’t quite know why) and scares everyone away with his frowns. Until, one day, he meets a troop of monkeys raiding his banana orchard…


  • Author Rohini Nilekani’s stories about the farmer from Sringeri are structured well with dollops of humour and enough action to keep a young reader’s interest going.
  • Without making use of conventional heroes and villains, she gives us an ordinary individual as hero – one who is, however, a tad too irritable, a mite too worried and a little too short-tempered. But everything comes right at the end, because Sringeri Srinivas has the wonderful ability to see humour in most situations, and is all too ready to laugh at himself.
  • Angie and Upesh’s illustrations are colourful and quirky and offer the reader a chance to discover many more layers and aspects to the story
  • Scarlet-bottomed monkeys are not native to South India. When you consider that their unique colouring was not relevant to the story in any way, one can’t but help wonder why the author chose to (wrongly) feature this species of monkeys in Sringeri Srinivas’ banana orchard.


The Sringeri Srinivas series of picture books – including Sringeri Srinivas Learns to Laugh – is a delightful addition to every child’s library. Its ever-popular hero and the excellent mix of humour and local flavour make it a series that young readers will dip into again and again.


Author: Rohini Nilekani
Illustrator: Angie and Upesh
Language: English
Page Extent: 24 pages
Price: Rs 40
ISBN: 978-93-5022-539-4
Publisher: Pratham Books 2016
Subject Category: Fiction/Picture Book/Humour/Series
Age-group: 6+ year

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