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Reader’s DELIGHT

Tales of friendship, camaraderie, companionship and even voicing our thoughts are in store this month.

October is upon us already. How time flies! Well, let’s not waste any more time, and jump right into this month’s list of books.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Three unlikely characters come together in this heart-warming tale of courage, honour and soup! That’s right. Despereaux Tilling is a little mouse who loves to read, and is fascinated with stories. And then he goes on an adventure to rescue a human princess, with whom he has fallen in love! Roscuro, a dungeon rat, longs to see get out of the darkness he is subjected to in the dungeons, but somehow ends up bringing misery upon others. Then there’s Miggery Sow, a dense servant girl, abandoned by her father, and now works in the castle dreaming of becoming a princess herself. Do they succeed in their respective endeavours? In the end, all one needs to know is that kindness and compassion go a long way. Or do they, dear reader?

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

How awesome would it be to own a pet moose? Well, Wilfred should know. He decides to keep a moose that wanders toward him, and names him Marcel. Wilfred grows close to his wild pet, for whom he has made up a number of rules on how to be a good pet. But of course, Marcel is a wild moose — he doesn’t care much for rules. Later, when someone else stakes claim on Marcel, Wilfred is stumped. Something that belongs in the wild — does it really belong to us?

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Jackson has an imaginary friend — a huge cat named Crenshaw. Sounds like fun, right? But for him and his family, things are quite difficult. His father is ill and unable to keep a job. They are in the brink of losing everything — sleeping in their minivan, taking up any kind of job that provides meagre income, selling off their belongings just to have a proper meal etc. Jackson can’t afford to be distracted by imaginary beings. However, a child does need a few child-like whims, and perhaps, Crenshaw can help.

Decibella and Her 6-inch Voice by Julia Cook

This one is a tad different from the other books. You must wonder what kind of a name Decibella is. Well, it’s little Isabella’s nickname. Isabella cannot help but shout out her feelings and blurt out her thoughts — which brings us to the five volumes of voice and when to use them. Decibella and Her 6-inch Voice is more of an informative or educational book, and uses this narration to teach kids about how to use their voice. Enjoy reading this to someone in your 6-inch voice!

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