A big thank you to schools and bookstores that have opened up their venues for Icky, Yucky, Mucky!events over the last few months. The most recent author appearance for a reading of Icky, Yucky, Mucky!at the lovely West Wind school in Mumbai had a delightful group of children go EEEW! With rain pounding the pavements, the setting was rather perfect for an Icky story reading!
The American school in Mumbai was a similar delight with a wonderfully interactive reading. Every child had something to say, and most claimed to have an Icky, Yucky or Mucky person in his or her family and friends. The children also enjoyed quizzing the author on whether she remembered the text by heart since there were bits when she didn’t refer to the book during the reading. She luckily got the thumbs up after the children held the book in their hands and crosschecked whether the story was narrated verbatim! The reading ended with each child trying on the Maharaja’s turban.
Treasure Books in Bandra, Mumbai was another great venue for a reading and a splotch monster activity. With a full house here, it was lovely to have parents and children join in the fun and then browse the bookshop.
Grab a copy of the July issue of Child magazine to read a 4 page excerpt from Icky, Yucky, Mucky! We’re delighted that they featured the book in their wonderfully put together magazine alongside all the other interesting articles. A big thank you to everyone at Child.
With the monsoon rains playing truant in India, we are feeling a bit like fish out of water! With fishes in mind and wishes for big drops of rain, we had some children put their fingers to good use. The ‘what you need list’ is rather simple here. A paper, pots of poster paint and lots of little finger tips. Newspapers to lay out, tissues and aprons would be good too!
SImply draw out your fish or other aquatic creature. Then dip your fingers into the paint to dot on, swirl around and mush up. And parents, do have a go too!
There is nothing Maharaja Icky loves more than a good mess. You should look at his tablecloth after a meal. It’s the spottiest thing around. Here’s how we copy the messy design using bubble wrap, or phut phut paper as some of us like to call it.
What you need to get started:
Old newspaper for covering up your floor
Sheets of plain paper to print on
Poster paints in 2-3 colours
Let’s get dotty!
Cut the bubble paper into pieces about 5”x5”. You’ll need one piece for every colour you want to use.
Take one piece of the bubble paper and paint one poster colour onto the side with the bubble dots.
Turn it around and print the spots onto the plain piece of paper. Continue with the other colours you want to use.
There you have it – a dotty, spotty, colourful paper that you can create stuff with! You could even print this onto old newspaper to create colourful recycled gift-wrap.
Here is one fishy scene we created for a card with out phut phut print.
We’ve been burping our way through Mumbai and Delhi over the past few months now and have been delighted to have so many children join us at the readings everywhere. At the end of the reading, we often give the children an opportunity to create their very own Splotch monsters.
They get a paper with either a colourful splotch of paint or some body parts drawn in by the illustrator of the book, Anitha Balachandran. Armed with markers, crayons and a really big imagination, children have amazed us with the variety of monsters they’ve come up with! We caught a few on camera and have set up an online gallery hosted on the Icky, Yucky, Mucky facebook page.
Do click on the link above, browse, comment, caption…be amazed!
An interview with the author featured in DNA YA newspaper in Mumbai this weekend. Click on the picture to read about her favourite character in the book, what Maharaja Icky would wish for if he met a genie and a lot more thoughts on writing.
We were delighted to see Icky, Yucky, Mucky mentioned in an interview with Richa Sethi, an organiser of the recent Junior Writer’s Bug festival in Mumbai, as her five year old’s current favourite book.