The Pachaihara Forest is a peaceful place, where all animals (even lions) are vegetarians, and lived in harmony with each other (well, almost). Reading this introduction brought a smile, and I felt that I was in for a fun read. This is the second book of the series.
There are even humans in the Pachaihara forest, those who care for the forest. One is the boy Suvnin, who stays in the trunk of a tree. His best friend is Nutcat, a wise bird who lives further up on the same tree. When Suvnin and Nutcat go on a picnic close the the dark forest of Droom, they fall into an unwanted adventure which leads to Nutcat’s capture. Can his wisdom help him escape and return safely to Pachaihara?
I quite liked the character of Suvnin. Children often go with their instinctive innocence and ignore the wise advice of elders. Suvnin’s character reflects that innocence, but also has the sense to realize the mistake. I like Nutcat’s character a lot, and the wordplay on the name as well, but still felt the name was slightly confusing for a bird (given there’s a cat character as well). Some of the Droom forest characters show that there can be good characters in a land that is portrayed to be bad. I liked that too.
I felt this one was engaging and enjoyable as the first book in the series. The young illustrator Shriya’s art once again adds to the reading experience. This is a book that both children and adults can enjoy reading.
|Title: Nutcat the Wise||Series: Pachaihara Forest #2|
|Author(s): A.R. Sara||Genre: Children’s Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: B00A3X2G10||Publisher: Self-published|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
21st April 2018)