The Monster Hunters



The Monster Hunters

By : Vibha Sharma  /  2014
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Abhay and Nitya, the two great friends, decide to do their English class project together. They need to pick an object to show the class and narrate a real-life story on that object. They believe that every child has a monster in his/her room and they decide that a monster is just what the class needs to see! So one Saturday morning they are off to Monster Hunting. Quite understandably they pick their friends' rooms to check what is under their beds and in their cupboards.

While on their hunting expedition, they come across various interesting objects and creatures which eventually make their project report much more colorful and adventurous. They find their friend Tanmay struggling to find his own Math book which he has lost the second time this year. However, Abhay and Nitya find some of their own things in Tanmay's room which they had lent to him a long time back. They don’t stop with Tanmay though. The Monster hunt continues as they invade the rooms of their other friends, one after the other. 

The author, Parinita Shetty, has a wonderful way of narrating the story from a child’s perspective and this makes monster hunting a fun activity for the reader in company with the two 8-year olds. Right from the first chapter when the protagonists Abhay and Nitya are introduced, the excitement begins. Abhay's belief that all mothers have an extra pair of eyes at the back of their heads is quite convincing. I guess all children must have experienced falling in the range of those set of eyes, time and again. The author effortlessly introduces a big ensemble of characters along with their unique and interesting idiosyncrasies. These wacky supporting characters including Doodle, their pet dog, who brings in a multitude of flavors to the proceedings. As Abhay and Nitya move from one house to another, the excitement never falls short at any point. How they present their report in the class at the end is equally interesting. The narrative flows effortlessly, making it a fun read. The language is easy to understand and follow for readers who have just started reading chapter books. Sketches by Pooja Pottenkulam work as the perfect accompaniments to the proceedings. She deserves a special mention for aptly capturing the spirit of the plot in her illustrations. The one showing Tanmay's Nani trying to pull the skates off Abhay's feet is simply the best.

Though The Monster Hunters brought back memories of Moin and the Monster by Anushka Ravishankar, the similarity just ends with the word ‘monster’. However, the fun quotient remains the same. This is indeed a light and jolly hOle book by Duckbill.

Vibha Sharma is from Bangalore, India. She is a software engineer and a management graduate by profession but is now a stay-at-home mother of two children. The passion to read and write brought her to the blogging world. Vibha has two blogs—one devoted to book reviews and interviews—Literary Sojourn and Literary Siesta (Short Stories For Children), where she posts short moral stories for young children.



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