The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has invited Ramendra Kumar, author of DC Mango’s A Tsunami Called Naani to present a paper at the 36th edition of the event to be held at Athens, Greece from the 30th of August to the 1st of September, 2018.
The author will be showcasing the book which has won many hearts and is continuing to be amongst the best reads for the year. A Tsunami Called Naani is the first book from Mango to be showcased at IBBY.
About the Book
A Tsunami Called Naani is quite literally a Tsunami! It covers so many themes that are complex and contemporary yet the book is laced with humour. The book also breaks stereotypes without being didactic. And finally it ends on a positive note.
The fact that the book was not set in a big metro, but in a small town was a big plus. Anurag’s parents are stereotypical and Anurag is the quiet rebel. It is lovely to see a feisty grandmother who relates more to Anurag than his own parents. There is so much reference to food in the story, and food is such a big part of our lives. The book doesn’t shy away from food. Naani’s healthy attitude towards being overweight is refreshing.
The story talks at length about the differently abled, a topic that most of us shy away from him. Their success and integration into the mainstream sends a positive message to young readers. The story within the story when the children enact the story of a Pakistani girl being brought up by an Indian family is about our difficult neighbor. A highly charged and politically topic is handled with grace and compassion.
And in end if feisty Naani had not done enough she takes on the bad guys single-handedly.
The book in a nutshell covers so much of what we encounter in our day-to-day lives.
The feedback although informal has been positive and the best endorsement was the review written by a young reader, all of 10.
The energy and enthusiasm of the author was infectious!
The International Board on Books for Young People is a non-profit organisation representing an international network of countries and people, mostly volunteers, dedicated to bringing books and children together. It is the only international body working comprehensively for children’s books.
IBBY International Congresses attract at least 450 delegates from 70+ member countries. Many of those attending are international leaders, influential in their fields.