Title: Pedru And The Big Boom
Author: Nandita Da Cunha
Illustrator: Niharika Shenoy
Age group: 7/8 – 12 years
Pedru And The Big Boom by Nandita Da Cunha is about a boy named Pedru and his struggle against a powerful enemy to save his village. Pedru is a fun-loving, energetic boy who loves to explore. His biggest dream is to get out of his village and explore new places and make new memories. One day he decides to sell some cashews from his father’s plantation to buy a bus ticket to run away. Unfortunately, he gets caught, and from there on everything changes.
This is a book that is suitable for 7 years to 12 years. This is a simple story set in a village called Rotnagoan, unlike many stories that talk about a city over and over again.
I was born in a city and I have never been to a village. But I was able to visualize Pedru playing in the fields, eating his curry, delicious ripe cashews hanging from the tree, and many such wonderful things. The author paints a vivid picture of the story’s setting which made me feel as though I was a part of the story.
This story is written in a casual style which is very pleasant. This book has realistic illustrations done by Niharika Shenoy. I found the illustrations charming and they suited the story’s setting perfectly.