It’s Dev’s birthday and his favourite present is a cool new kite. But there is a problem – he doesn’t know how to fly it! Ollie, Dev’s bedtime magical owl, comes to rescue. Together, they set off on an action packed journey to the one of the largest kite festivals in the world…in INDIA!
Kite Crazy can be enjoyed by children aged 4+ from any background. It’s a unique combination of a festival experience and a hilarious adventure. What’s more, all this is beautifully wrapped around the magical relationship of a child and his bedtime cuddly toy.
Dev and Ollie: Kite Crazy
Author: SHWETA AGGARWAL
Illustrated by: SOMNATH CHATTERJEE
Sometimes the simplest birthday present is the best. Some children want video games and other expensive toys but Dev was thrilled with his present: A KITE! Dev just want to learn how to fly his kite and when his Grandpa enters his room at bedtime that’s all he wants. But, children can be impatient as you know and of course Dev was disappointed when his Grandpa told him to wait until the morning. But, Dev was almost asleep when his precious and favorite cuddly toy Ollie came to life and took him on a journey he would never forget. The pictures are amazing and bring the story to life as he finds himself at the Gujarat Kite Festival in India. But, unfortunately his landing since he was using his toy as his plane crashed on top of another child’s kite. Rahul was the name of the child and he offered to bring him another one. But, poor Dev broke more than one.
Searching the marketplace he came across an old man’s shop who sold kites. From this point on parents and teachers can use this book to show how Dev understands his responsibility to replace something that he broke and he uses his manners to deal with adults that he just meets. The older man’s store is in the Patang Bazaar and it is filled with clutter and needs to be cleaned up. In order to find the right kites and replace the ones he broke Dev readily accepts the responsibility of helping the man rearrange his store. He worked hard and his toy Ollie was proud of him and wished that he would do the same to his own room. But, Dev’s response is cute and will made you smile. Over anxious he does not see the ladder and what happens next will teach Dev and other children about being careful and safety. Putting the finishing touches on the store wait until you see what he uncovers about this man. You will be amazed. But, he returns to Rahul and gives him the special kites the man gave him. Thanking him for his kindness and efforts will he learn to fly a kite and enter a kite contest before returning home? Wait until you see what they show him and how you can learn from this story and from Rahul’s father the ART OF FLYING A KITE!
This story has humor and is fun filled for children up to age 9. Watch Dev as he takes lessons in kite flying and tries to learn the art of winning a contest. See his face when he and his cuddly OWL friend Ollie return home. Will he land safely this time? Will he have a kite to fly? What happens when he challenges his grandfather to a kite contest? Watch and see what happens? Who wins the contest? What does that teach you about Dev? What happens when Ollie suggests that he cleans his room?
Dev and Ollie ; Kite Crazy even has Facts for Curious Minds at the end that those interested in learning more about kites will benefit from. Would you like a Kite for a birthday present? I wonder what Dev would like next year?
Check out the colorful illustration on the last page and see how many times you find Ollie. A story that will make you smile and realize that children can be polite and responsible.
Fran Lewis: Just Reviews