A Saffron Tree Review. Thank you Mad Momma!

We are positively drooling and excited enough to juggle a few rosogullas ourselves on reading the review of Icky, Yucky, Mucky on the Saffron Tree blog. For those of you unfamiliar with them, they are a wonderful group of people who post reviews on children’s books both Indian and international that catch their fancy.

Here’s an excerpt from their review.

“Icky, Yucky, Mucky, as the name suggests, is truly one of the most disgusting books I’ve ever had the privilege of reading to my children. Goo, poo, snot and projectile rosogullas are just the tip of the iceberg. The book certainly does not let the title down…

…Author Natasha Sharma has her finger on the pulse of young readers and it is roll on the floor-and-laugh-out-loud and cringe-dramatically-at-each-page fun. In a world full of social messages and sermons, this is one for the kids’ side. It’s almost *gulp* anti-establishment. Yes, it is nice to find books that help you deal with bullies or the death of a pet but every once in a while they should be given a break in favour of out and out icky-ness.

Anitha Balachandran needs no introduction and outdoes herself in this one as she did in Mister Jeejeebhoy. Fine details, doe-eyed princesses, mustachioed maharajas, snarky little captions peeking out of places and splotches all over. Simply fantastic…”

Click here to read the full review.

 

The reviewer has her own blog too, The Mad Momma and features our Delhi reading schedule. Do visit her blog to read some brilliant writing, have yourself in stitches even as you grin wildly and nod your head in agreement.

A reminder for all ye in NCR, click on our schedule for details of author appearance with a dramatised reading in Delhi over April 6-7, 2012. 

Yoo hoo Delhi! Let’s turn Icky, Yucky, Mucky this April!

Two of the readings – at the Reading Caterpillar library in Nizamuddin and at BumbleBees organised by Eureka Bookstore in GK II need pre registeration. There are limited seats and available on a first come basis. So email/call and book your child a slot!

The Maharaja’s Moochh Cupcake

An afternoon of whipping up cupcake batter turned into an Icky baking session when it was time to ice the cupcakes! For batter and butter makes for one messy session!

We turned out Maharaja Moochh cupcakes and the boys were so thrilled to munch away on the moustaches.

The girls decided to do a bit messier version of fairy cupcakes and make do for the moment till we get around to a nibbly Maharani cupcake…though those crescent things on top could be nibbled off nails instead of fairy wings!

Calling all parents and children to get inspired, get baking and icing and get clicking. Send us pictures of your creations that are Icky, Yucky, or Mucky to ickyyuckymucky@gmail.com. We’ll be thrilled to put them up on this blog!

For cupcake recipes and much more, check out the Purple Foodie blog. The nutella cupcakes look positively messy, delicious, and a sure hit with kids!

Sneak peek into an Icky, Yucky, Mucky reading

We’ve uploaded a snippet on youtube from the Icky, Yucky, Mucky reading at its launch event reading at the Kala Ghodha festival last month in Mumbai. If you’d like to know more about the book, we have a trailer of the book too.

Click here to take a see the author as Maharaja Icky in action. If you’d like to join in the ickiness, check our schedule for any upcoming readings.

Our next reading is at Crossword Bookstore at Kemps Corner, Mumbai on Sunday, March 18th, 11:30 am onwards.

Kiducere featured a review of our reading at the Kala Ghoda festival. Here’s an excerpt from what they had to say “The reading itself was characterized with tone modulation and generous gesturing to cause excitement amongst the children. What I loved most were the acoustics accompanying the narration. It elevated the entire experience from a mere book reading to a theatre experience for children.”

Click here to read more about it.

Roti roll up

It has been a while since we put a post up about an Icky recipe. Well, the Maharaja’s hungry now! So do you love to stuff your face with roti like Maharaja Icky? Here’s an easy way to make a great oozy, crunchy snack and stuff your face silly.

What you need to get started:

  • One cooked chapatti (have an adult do this for you)
  • Tamarind chutney / Tomato ketchup
  • Aloo Bhujia
  • Teaspoon of chopped coriander

Let’s roll!

Place the chapatti on a plate and spread two spoonfuls of the chutney or ketchup in a broad line along the centre of the roti.

Sprinkle on aloo bhujia on top of the chutney. You can put however much you like.

Add on the chopped coriander and roll the roti up.

Wrap a tissue around it and chomp away. On second thoughts, forget the tissue…its Icky time!

Mumbai turns Icky, Yucky, Mucky this March!

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We had a wonderful bunch of little children squealing with disgust at Kitab Khana bookstore in Mumbai last weekend. We’re now set to turn Mumbai completely Icky, Yucky, Mucky this month. Join us for a reading every weekend of March at a Crossword bookstore near you.

The How, What and Why that led to Icky, Yucky, Mucky

To read the article that has appeared in Midday today, click here: Midday article

Please note that the reading at Kitab Khana bookstore in Mumbai is scheduled for Sunday, March 4th at 11:30am (and not Saturday, March 3rd as stated in the article)