Younguncle Comes to Town
Vandana Singh, Illustrations by B.M. Kamath
108 pp Pb
English Rights Sold. All Others Available
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NOW ALSO AVAILABLE IN HINDI!
* Shortlisted for the 2008-2009 Grand Canyon Reader Award Master List, USA
* sele cted by the Children's Library Guild, USA, 2007
In a small, sleepy town in northern India, three children gaze out onto a rain-drenched street, waiting for a most unusual guest. Their father’s younger brother is coming to stay. Who is Younguncle? What’s his real name? Was he really, truly kidnapped by monkeys when he was little? Can he really make a noise like a sewing machine? Will he ever (heaven forbid!) Settle Down and Get Married? When he finally arrives, Sarita, Ravi and the baby know instantly that their lives will never be the same again…
Meet India’s newest and most engaging literary creation, as he outwits the local hoodlums, rescues the town’s finest milk-cow, evades the baby’s schemes to eat his shirts, flummoxes unwanted in-laws, plucks the hair from a sleeping tiger’s tail, and generally turns the world upside-down. The adventures of Younguncle and his family will entertain, delight and amuse readers of any age—from babies to ancient old fossils.
“Vandana Singh is a fresh, new voice in children’s fiction. … this book is a treat that has you turning the pages with a smile and the last page with a sigh.” R. Sriram, CEO & MD, Crossword Bookstores
“One of the best children’s books I saw this year,
…Younguncle Comes to Town has none of the self-consciousness you often find in adults who write for children, very plausible dilemmas and a delightful style.” Nilanjana Roy, Business Standard
“Vandana Singh is a most promising and original young writer…” Ursula K. LeGuin, author of The Earthsea Trilogy
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