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Daal Rice – The Saga – Sangeeta Dixit & Siddhesh Palande (illustrator)



Here is how it will work. I will tell you my story, and you will be the one to decide whether it’s a saga or not.

Vinnie is stuck right in the middle – he’s in the middle of his siblings and stuck between worlds (parents are from India but he was born in America).

It’s a bit difficult being him – trying to balance what he wants with his parents expectations with the expectations for the world at large.

“Remember, aggressive, more aggressive. And don’t forget to enjoy the game!”
Really? How exactly?

Oh, and that’s not to mention his family!

With them, everything (even something as simple as figuring out who wants a cup of chai tea) becomes an ordeal!

Some half hour later, I had my chai metrics ready, which looked like really interesting.

One thing’s for certain, he’s going to have a wild, wild time!

All in all, I thought this was quite a good slice of life book!

It did take me a little bit to get into the book – Vinnie has a very stream of consciousness sort of take on the world and it did take some adjusting to get used to.

The way he phrases things sometimes had a little bit of a simplistic approach, but it was consistent with his character’s age and after a while, I settled into the story and it became less noticeable.

I did love how the author fleshed out Vinnie’s parents and extended family – one of my favorite parts is when Vinnie had to figure out the chai tea situation.

Each family member wanted chai tea (which, yum!), but each one also had a set of conditions. (Like I’ll have tea if so-and-so and don’t give so-and-so tea with milk and sugar, it’s not good for his health).

Vinnie ends up making a table which compared all of the relatives and their orders, which ended up being a lot of fun to read.

I also enjoyed the pictures in the book. I loved the simple (but effective) line drawings with their splashes of color.

They matched the tone of the book really well and enhanced the reading experience.

All in all, this was a really fun read! Definitely one to check out.

With thanks to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Interested in this one from Sangeeta DixitSiddhesh Palande? Buy it here:  Amazon

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