Menaka S reviews The Auto That Flew (written by Ken Spillman, illustrated by Ajanta Guhathakurta ) on PlusMinus’n’More.
- From the word go, Ken Spillman captivates the reader and arrests him/her with his inimitable imagination – An auto with a name and that which flew.
- Ajanta Guhathakartha’s illustrations are colourful and are appropriate for the content and the target readers.
- This book is published by Pratham books. With their mission of “a book in every child’s hand”, their picture books are published in many regional languages as well. This one is available in Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil and Urdu. Personally, I want to see good books for children in regional languages, and I appreciate Pratham books’ efforts towards this.
- Find Pratham books on Scribd. I downloaded this book from their Scribd channel, where they have released about 400 of their books under Creative Commons Licence. Plus one to this effort.
- According to the back cover, this book is meant for level 3 readers, for children who are ready to read on their own. I have always wondered if classifying a book by age is appropriate. I like this classification than specifying age, because it is more appropriate to classify by ability than age.
- Economical pricing. At Rs. 50 the hardcopy of the book is worth every rupee spent on it.