Icky-ing up some schools and bookstores

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.

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Splotchy, Scary, Monstery artwork by children

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!

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!


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!

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.

Mumbai turns Icky, Yucky, Mucky this March!


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.

Thank you to everyone who attended our launch reading at Kala Ghoda!


Maharaja Icky is sighing and burping with happiness at the wonderful launch reading of Icky, Yucky, Mucky at the Kala Ghoda festival in Mumbai this weekend. With a 100 children in attendance and parents in tow, it was most certainly a feast for the eyes and ears. The author Natasha Sharma did a dramatised reading of the story, accompanied by Madhuri Kudva in the role of a wonderfully disgusting Maharani Yucky. The two burped, slurped, nibbled and chewed their way through the reading with gooey sound effects in the background. Many a child giggled and grimaced and many a parent squirmed in their chair! The kids let their creative juices flow as they made lovely splotch monsters and wrote and drew some icky, yucky, mucky stuff on the board.

A big thank you for all who attended and made it such a special afternoon for us. Our apologies to the ones who were unable to get their copy once the books sold out at the bookstore on site. Do click on our “Buy the Book” section for details on where you can get a copy.

For those in Mumbai who were unable to join us, our next session is planned at a lovely, lovely bookstore – KITAB KHANA AT FORT ON MARCH 3rd, 11:30am onwards. We look forward to seeing you there.

We have put up a few photographs here. To see some more, please visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Icky-Yucky-Mucky/176178469145951