Book Review : The Royal Toothache
This book review comes from Annie Besant who received our book ‘The Royal Toothache’.
The best way to review a children’s book is to read it aloud to children! So, that’s what I did with Sanjiv Jaiswal’s The Royal Toothache with illustrations by Ajit Narayan. The book priced at Rs.15, and for children between the age groups of 3-6, had my niece and nephews saucer-eyed and jumping with concern alternately. The premise is simple: When the Lion, the king of the jungle, has an unbearable toothache his courtiers find themselves in a fix until the smallest of his subjects – the mouse- finds a way to help the king!
Very subtly, in an Aesop’s fable like tale, Jaiswal has introduced the importance of dental hygiene, reinforced the lesson that sometimes the least and humblest is often the one to hit upon a smart solution, and stressed on the importance of keeping a secret between friends. The illustrations appealed to my niece and nephew and they couldn’t wait to colour in all the pictures though this isn’t a colouring book at all! But their verdict: “Read it again, aunty!”