Favourite characters and genie wishes in DNA YA!

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.

An Icky, Yucky, Mucky song!

We promised you an ICKY, YUCKY, MUCKY SONG and here it is.

The Icky Yucky Mucky trio (!) brings the house down with a marvellously messy musical moment. Natasha Sharma, Anitha Balachandran and Anita Roy (publisher on guitar) at Full Circle Bookstore and Cafe Turtle in Delhi last Saturday.

To help you sing this at home, here are some more lyrics to get you started. Then go ahead and make up some of your own: (To be sung to the tune of “If you are happy and you know it…”)

If you are ICKY and you know it, go burp burp

If you are ICKY and you know it, go burp burp

If you are ICKY and you know it and you really want to show it,

If you are ICKY and you know it go burp burp. 

 

If you are MUCKY and you know it tik tik pthoo….

 

If you are YUCKY and you know it dig your nose ENH ENH…

Have fun singing it out!

Delhi turned a lovely shade of Icky, Yucky, Mucky this weekend!

Thank you to everyone in Delhi who was a part of the ickiness this weekend! The lovely folks at Full Circle bookshop, BumbleBees centre with Eureka Books, The Reading Caterpillar library and Pathways School Aravali, thank you for hosting us!

The many many children who made our weekend so very delightful with their laughter, yucks, eews and amazing artwork as they created their splotch monsters, we hope to see more artwork, mucky ideas and comments on our blog and by mailing us at ickyyuckymucky@gmail.com.

And to parents who brought their children over for the readings, thank you and may you go YUCK!

To visit a full gallery of pictures (and if you were there probably spot yourselves in them) visit the Icky Yucky Mucky facebook page!

AND OOOOH! WE ALMOST FORGOT! THERE IS AN ICKY, YUCKY, MUCKY SONG COMING SOON… 

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 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)

Go naturally splotchy this year for an Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi!

In this week’s idea for an Icky, Yucky, Mucky Holi, we would love for you to be natural this Holi! Here’s how…

You may have local organisations that create natural colours. In addition to them a wonderful organisation called Ecoexist makes completely natural Holi colours and sells them across many cities in India. Click here for a list of where you can get your natural Rang Dulaar colours.

That’s not all! You can try making your very own colours at home for your water guns.

  • Boil a few marigold flowers in water to get  bright yellow.
  • Soak beetroot overnight in water or boil it to get deep pink coloured water.
  • Mix lemon juice with turmeric into the water for red splashes.

Get set to go naturally splotchy this year!