Sandy’s mother is getting as large as an elephant. But he has no time to worry about it because his new friend, Aftab, needs saving from mean Mrs Gupta and her cat. How can Sandy rescue him?


  • This is a sweet story about friendship, and the two main characters, Sandy and Aftab, are especially delightful. Aftab is the quintessential mischief-maker, full of ideas, while Sandy is in the unenviable position of a big-brother-to-be.
  • The story is easy-to-read and a good introduction to chapter books as many of the hOle books are. The fact that it tackles issues young children face, like the apprehension of sharing your life with a new sibling and the excitement of doing things that are forbidden, is an added bonus.
  • Chetan Sharma’s illustrations deserve special mention for their role in adding tons of humour to the story. Look out for the cat – that’s all we’re going to say!
  • Going to daycare is a reality many urban children face these days. It’s a pity that this is shown in a negative light. Also, the references to Sandy’s mum’s advancing pregnancy come somewhat close to body-shaming.


There can never be enough stories about friendship. Working together to take on the problems of the world is the most uplifting story of all and Sandy to the Rescue fits this bill perfectly.


Author: Rupa Gulab
Illustrator: Chetan Sharma
Language: English
Page Extent: 72 pages
Price: Rs. 175
ISBN: 978-93-87103-02-3
Publisher: Duckbill, 2018
Subject category: Fiction/Chapter Book/Friendship/Series
Age-group: 7+

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