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 cake…yummy!

A site called Playing By The Book recently held an Edible Book festival and invited entries from the world over. Now in case any of you are wondering what an edible book is…well…it’s an edible creation inspired by a book.

And in their gallery of wonderfully creative entries that had us almost drooling over the keyboard, check out Entry number 29 – AN ICKY, YUCKY, MUCKY CAKE that looks wonderfully true to character!

Now that you have inspiration for a chocolatey Icky, Yucky, Mucky cake and some Maharaja Moochh cupcakes that we posted earlier, you might want to start planning your very own Icky, Yucky, Mucky birthday or tea party! And if you need some ideas for activities, you can browse through our Yucky Art, Icky recipes and let your imagination go wild. We in the meantime are working on some more wonderfully messy ideas!

The cake shown was created by Raashi Malhotra Sawhney of the Picnik Basket in Mumbai. To order yourself one and for other yummy ready to serve food, desserts and confectionery, contact her on 9987687005, 9321954055, thepicnikbasket@gmail.com.

Fingerbowl Sherbet

The Maharaja of Ickhtarpur loves to drink up the water in his fingerbowl. With temperature soaring across many parts of India, here is our version of a fingerbowl sherbet to cool off with.

Ingredients

  • A cup of clean drinking water
  • Three tablespoons of rose sherbet (add more to your taste)
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • One lemon, cut into quarters by an adult
  • One bowl, the size of a fingerbowl

Let’s mix and squish!

Pour the rose sherbet into the bowl.

Tear up the mint leaves, add them into the bowl and squish them with a spoon

Pour in the water.

Squeeze a few drops from a quarter of the lemon into the bowl and then throw in the quarter.

Our icky fingerbowl sherbet with a squeezed out lemon and bits of food floating around is ready!

Lift and drink up!

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. 

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.

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)

We’re going splotchy with the wait to Kala Ghoda!

We’ve gone completely splotchy in anticipation of our reading of Icky, Yucky, Mucky!  at the Kala Ghoda festival. Here is a sneak peak at the action behind the scenes.

Join the author for a dramatised reading from the book and some fun activities:

Saturday, Feb 11th, 11am – 12pm at the David Sasson Library garden,

Next to Westside department store, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.