Dec 6

10 Gulab Jamuns by Sandhya Acharya | Book Review

10-gulab-jamunsI read a lot of children’s books, on a daily basis actually, as it’s part of my nightly ritual with my son. But I rarely review them, because frankly I just have no time to review any more books than I already do. However this is one book I just had to share.

I first came across Sandhya Acharya’s books, when she approached me to review her debut – Big Red Fire Truck, which by the way was a huge hit with my son. He loved the characters Idu & Adu (who are inspired by the authors two sons), and the story that revolved around learning through interactive play. Plus, the book is titled Big Red Firetruck, if you are a 4 year old, what’s not to love? (Check out my review here)

However, that book was only available as an e-book, which was a bummer, because my son kept asking me for the Big Red Firetruck book, and used to be pretty upset whenever I tried to get to it on my Kindle.

Anyway, he got over it eventually. But I am pretty sure that Idu & Adu did leave their mark on him, because last week when I took 10 Gulab Jamuns to read to him, and mentioned that it was starring Idu & Adu, he was really really excited.

Plus since this was a physical copy of the book, he kept flipping through the pages over and over again (mostly due to the wonderful illustrations, I am sure), even before I could actually read the story to him.

And speaking of the story, he loved it, it was a very cute and adorable tale of Idu & Adu discovering the yummy Gulab Jamuns, while also being a super fun counting lesson – two things my son really enjoys – gulab jamuns & counting. So, as far as he is concerned, this could have been tailor made for him.

The only way this experience could have been better was if I had a magic wand that would help me turn those Gulab Jamuns on paper into the real deal, so that me and my son could gorge on them.

But well in the absence of a wand, or any kind of magical powers really, the author has ensured we get the next best thing – the recipe! Yes, there is a special (and I am sure very delicious) recipe of Gulab Jamuns at the back of the book.

All in All: This was a wonderful read. The story was adorable, and the illustrations were absolutely lovely. But I must say that the thing I loved the most was the fact that this is one of the few books where my son could actually relate to the characters, the sweet treat, and even the general ambiance of the illustrations.

And (being an Indian living in US) that’s a pretty big deal to me. Because the lack of diversity in the children’s book genre here is appalling, so I will always be thankful to authors like Ms Acharya, who venture to fill the diversity gap. Which is why, needless to say, I highly recommend this book to everyone.

You can get this book on Amazon here – 10 Gulab Jamuns.

That’s all from my end, folks. I would love to hear from you guys. Have you read 10 Gulab Jamuns? If not, I urge you to pick up a copy for your child, or even as a gift to someone who has kids in the age-group of 2-5 years, as this book will make a perfect gift for little ones in your family or friend circle.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review, but the opinions, as always, are completely mine.

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  1. Sounds like a cute one. I haven’t read any of Sandhay’s books. I just wish my children were younger.
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  2. This is serendipity. I chanced upon an essay by Sandhya Archarya on an online journal and traced her to her blog. I was intrigued by this book, her latest one and here I see your review 🙂

  3. Sounds like an adorable read! I am always on the lookout for such treats to gift lil ones in the family instead of the usual gifts and with Xmas around the corner, really helpful this will be!

  4. This seems like a really cute book for younger kids. Did you know that Idu and Adu mean here and there in Kannada? Cute names, indeed. 🙂

  5. Gulab jamuns are my son’s favorite. He would definitely like to read this book. Thank you for sharing, Shantala. 😀
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  6. Wow.. My sons will surely love this. Will try to get this book. Thanks for the review Shantala.
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