Book Title: Munni Monster
Author: Madhurima Vidyarthi
Published by: Penguinster
Published on: February 20, 2023
Genre: Early Middle Grade, Fiction
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‘She was angry too, angry inside; about this unknown person who was being suddenly forced into her perfect life. That she would have to give up her room-her bed!-and share Thamma with this-this . . .’
Mishti’s life changes when her grandmother’s cousin Munni, who has cerebral palsy, comes to live with them. Her only thought is to make her leave, somehow.
But as time goes by, Munni shows strange endearing habits and when matters come to a crisis, Mishti is no longer sure that Munni is the monster she thought she was.
A funny moving story about a ten-year-old dealing with strange and difficult changes and disability, and above all, about love.
I love children’s books. It takes me back to my childhood when I loved discovering new things with a sense of wonder and astonishment. When I found this book on the Book Review Program by Blogchatter, I decided to check out the synopsis. It instantly melted my heart and I knew then that this was going to be a great read.
“It means people who are different in any way – different from most of the other people, what is called the majority – should not be made to feel different. In any way. In the way, we see them or treat them or in the way we do things for them.”
Munni Monster is a brilliant story that introduces the genetic disorder called Cerebral Palsy to children. It explains in detail the emotional struggle and unfairness of society toward people with special needs.
Mishti lives with her parents and grandmother and she is the apple of their eyes. She has some of the most endearing habits and reading them makes your heart go Aww. The way she worked hard to get her Grandmom’s bed all to herself was one of the many moments that I loved.
However, her life goes topsy-turvy when Munni comes to live with them. Munni is her grandmother’s cousin
This book is everything you want your kid to know about Cerebral Palsy without being too overwhelming. It teaches you how to be gentle and empathetic to everyone around you including your parents and elders.
I especially loved how Mishti was a brilliant kid, mostly in the sense that she could realize the difference between right and wrong, or good and bad (not necessarily evil). She knew from subtle things her *best friend did to help her ward off Munni from her house, that it was still wrong. She began keeping her distance which really warmed my heart. Therefore, the book also focuses on the importance of having good friendships.
So, you can now understand how the author was able to influence us in picturing the story and feel the plethora of emotions in it.
I also loved the nuanced parenting methods opted for by Mishti’s parents. Especially, her dad when he skilfully schooled her by letting her feel like an adult while talking about money.
A must-read for children and adults alike, it is also an easy read. This story has covered such an important topic with all its tenderness and subtlety.
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In a gist, here’s what you can expect from this book.
💫Great story💫Engaging 💫Simple language
I hope you like this book as much as I did.
Yes! Loved how the story discussed an important topic like Cerebral Palsy with subtlety!
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