Friday, October 3, 2014

The Adventures of Alex and Angelo: The Mystery of the Missing Iguana by Ruchira Khanna

Name of the Book :The Adventures of Alex and Angelo: The Mystery of the Missing Iguana 
Author: Ruchira Khanna
Publisher: Lekha Publishers 
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: N/A
No. of Pages: 16 pgs.

Disclaimer: I got this book from the Author in exchange for my honest opinion.


Alex and his pet chimpanzee Angelo are the young detectives of their neighborhood. When a friend's pet Iguana goes missing, Alex and Angelo immediately take on the case, and the sneaky reptilian leads them on an exciting chase. How will alex and Angelo use their sleuthing skills to solve this mystery?


Ruchira Khanna has caught the imagination of the young minds. When I got this book by post, I felt good. The mailman barely brings me gifts, so the feeling was ...:D Thanks Ruchira. But it was short lived. It was addressed to my son. So, I felt a bit jealous (I think I just lost the role of Mother India !)  and decided that the receiver of the gift should review this one.

I read him the story first and then he read it after a few days. Once he got into the book, he was not happy sharing it with me. I have proof for that!

So I decided to interview him. Out of the Babes mouth.. and the innocence of childhood never lies. So dear Ruchira, I hope you like this one :)

Me: Did you like this book?
R: Yes. It's mine?
Me: Yes. But what did you like most about this book?
R: The Monkey!
Me: Chimp. (I automatically corrected ) Why did you like it? Is he as naughty as you ?
R: (promptly) No, He is as smart as me. 
Me: (Modesty, I tell you) Why do you think he is smart? 
R: He found the ... (ok ok .. buzzzz.. spoiler alert !)
Me: So what about the story?
R: (giggling) Mamma, it is so funny. Especially the part when the Iguana won't leave the monkey's tail. 
Me: Chimp, sweetheart. Ok, what about Alex? Do you want to be like Alex?
R: Yes. Mamma. He is so cooooool
Me. Really? What did you learn from Alex?
R: (without batting an eyelid) You owe me more than one dollar!
Me: Eh?
R: Yes. Alex taught me for every work to take 25 cents. 
Me: Oh Daddy is at home! Talk to you later sweety. 
R: Ma? Will Alex and Angelo have another adventure. 
Me: I am sure they will.( Will they Ruchira Khanna ?)



The first thing about this book that attracted me was its illustrations. Very cute and positive. The story had an Enid Blyton quality and if turned into a series will really adorn the shelf of many kids. The words used are a mixture of easy and tough, so the kids will not only read the story on their own but would definitely learn new words.  Highly recommended. 

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At October 4, 2014 at 7:39 PM , Blogger Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

The review and the interview were charming, Rubina! It sounds like a great book!

At October 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM , Blogger Ruchira Khanna said...

I loved the review from your made it even more adorable :)
Thank you :)

At October 6, 2014 at 4:47 AM , Blogger Sundari Venkatraman said...

Great going Ritvik! As is the mother, so is the son. I am so glad that you are able to encourage your son to read Rubina. It's the biggest boon :)

At October 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Thanks a ton Deanie for dropping by. It is a lovely book. Specially for the younger kids. :)

At October 6, 2014 at 7:31 PM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Glad you liked it. We both had some enjoyable moments - thanks to you :) Hugs..

At October 6, 2014 at 7:34 PM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Yes Sundari. I hope he too cultivates this love. My daughter has it. Even though we don't agree with each others genre.. we have some great debates - specially when I win. :D Of course she is brow beaten by the dialogue.."Mom knows the best baby " :D

At October 6, 2014 at 10:36 PM , Blogger Sundari Venkatraman said...


At April 28, 2015 at 3:41 AM , Blogger Ashwini Gopalkrishnan said...

I like and love the review and interview of yours .

I love Mr.R 's confidence in sharing his views about the book.

Have a nice day.


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