Meet the poshest poodle in the universe. New recruit Monty won't ever get his paws dirty, even on an intergalactic mission. But when a huge horrible hairball is hurtling towards earth, will Monty learn to muck in when his friends need him most?

THE HAIRBALL OF HORROR by Michael Broad, Macmillan, Rs. 199

Two young contestants, Zal and Zara, are confident they can win – until their carpet is sabotaged by their deadliest rival. Now their only chance is to fly on a legendary and long-lost Rainbow Carpet. With only a day and a night for the race to start and with their enemies on their trail, they set out on a magical adventure to find the truth behind the legends — and win the race.

ZAL AND ZARA AND THE GREAT RACE OF AZAMED by Kit Downes, Walker Books

Pioneering scientist and mathematian Aryabhatta: Missile Man Dr. Kalam; economist and Nobel Laureate Dr. Amartya Sen; India’s Renaissance man Ram Mohan Roy; the immortal star in space Kalpana Chawla; master blaster Sachin Tendulkar; the evergreen melody queen Lata Mangeshkar; these are some of the great luminaries featured in this book of Indians who have helped shape the nation.

THE PUFFIN BOOK OF 100 GREAT INDIANS, Puffin, Rs. 250

Whatever you wanted to know about footy. U.K.’s footy annual.

MATCH ANNUAL 2013, Panmacmillan, Rs. 350

Join the Poo Crew as they take science down the toilet.

DON’T FLUSH, Panmacmillan