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Maharani The Cow at The Farm

Passing a cow that is lazing (after grazing) in the middle of the road is an everyday thing. But feeding a cow and other animal friends is special. And that was the treat in store for children last weekend at The Farm, OMR – hobnobbing with cows, goats, horses, chickens and turkeys, before settling down to listen to the doings of Maharani the Cow from her author Christy Shoba Sudhir. All udderly amoosing!

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Celebrating World Book Day

To celebrate a day that celebrates books, we put together a two-part event at Wandering Artist, Chennai, with a writing workshop and lively storytelling – to a room-bursting response! Some creative prodding from writer Sandhya Rao, some dreamtime thrown in with her Dream Writer, and a bunch of quick-thinking children churned out a half baked cake! Whaaat? Another dream? Next, it was get-set for the gentle gi-normous Gajapati, with his creator Ashok Rajagopalan and actor-storyteller Janaki Sabesh!

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Launch of When Bholu Came Back

'Graaa-ooo-ooo-oon' chimed the little ones at ABC Playschool at the launch of When Bholu Came Back. Author Kavitha Punniyamurthi read the story in English soon after which her husband read it in Tamil – and the children were delighted to hear the story in both languages! Inspired by Niloufer Wadia's illustrations, they designed their own setting for the ship of the desert which was as colourful as Niloufer's. Looks like they have 'graaoon' to love Bholu!

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Bookaroo Kolkata

The Indian Museum in Kolkata was roused to bustle with the first Bookaroo bash in the city. Author Swati Sengupta's Talking Bird talked, illustrator Shreya Sen's Kumbhakarna snored, and translator Indrani Barua's Sultan roared (in Bangla!). These pictures are proof of the ha-ha hulla-'bhalo'!

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The power of imagination

Australian writer Ken Spillman charmed the children at Early Learning Centre, Mangalore and Kids Central, Chennai, when he spoke to them about the power of imagination! He lated introduced them to the little girl in his picture book, Clumsy!, whose imagination created a world of words and pictures.

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Rooting for Ruru

When Nursery grade at Oberoi International School went kukaroo kuroo, miaow, heen haan and kkrggh with me as Natasha Sharma read out Rooster Raga. So much fun!

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Sandhya Rao at Bengaluru

Back again to Bengaluru. What happened when the children at Valley School met their favourite author? Stories stories stories – for Sandhya Rao’s list of books is mighty long and growing. 'Magical' was how the session was described. It had to be! Says Sandhya: "As hundred little ones and I shared Stories on the Sand and Look, the Moon! and swapped stories and feelings, a few tiny things walked into my lap... and one leggy thing thrust a leaf cup into my hand saying: 'Here's some Valley School sand for you!' Then, another hundred joined us to sing and dance to the tunes from Oluguti Toluguti and Dum Dum Dho!... Thank you, Valley School and Bookalore!"

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Make room for Gurrburrrrooom

The hot-off-the-press three-quel, Gajapati Kulapati Gurrburrrrooom! has been blowing people away since its arrival – especially adults! Actor-storyteller Janaki Sabesh used the book for a teacher training workshop in Chennai and says the response was thunderous! The teachers loved the book so much that they even enacted the story! Take a look.

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A bondaful experience

Gillo Theatre Repertory’s performance of A Silly Story of Bondapalli received mounds of rounds of rolling applause after a series of successful shows in Mumbai. Author Shamim Padamsee, who attended the event was delighted to see a version of her story go down so well. Long live Bondas! Long live Bondapalli!

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Jamming in Jaipur

Bookaroo’s Jaipur jamboree had an overwhelming response. With Dungi doodles, Rangannarangalands and Dum Dum Dho dhamaka, here are some moments from the fun-filled festival of children’s books…