Unlucky Chumki

Author: Lesley D. Biswas

Illustrator: Anupama Ajinkya Apte

Publisher: Duckbill Books

“Everyone in the village thinks Chumki is unlucky. No wonder she has no friends.
Things get worse for Chumki when her Dadi forbids her from going to school. But Chumki’s brother Aki hatches a plan that has the potential to turn Chumki’s luck around
Will his plan help Chumki make friends? Will she be able to convince her Dadi to send her back to school?”

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by Arushi Chandra - Grade 5 on Neev Literature Festival

The first thing you see when you look at a book is the cove,r and the interesting cover of this book seized my attention. The good experiences I have had with other ‘Hole Books’ made me eager to read this one.
This book is about a girl named Chumki. Chumki is labelled unlucky because her family believes in certain superstitions. She goes through many unfortunate experiences and is banned from attending school. But her brother Aki comes up with a risky plan that might help both her and his gang of friends. Will it work?
While reading this book, I noticed that Lesley D. Biswas subtly introduces each character and portrays their feelings. This book also maintains suspense, and I felt the urge to flip to the last page of the book to see what happens in the story.
The quirky illustrations by Anupama Ajinkya Apte, appearing on most pages of the book are very funny. These illustrations show the ‘character’ of the character. The rustic, detailed drawings based on the text show the emotions of the characters.
Even though this book is fun, I feel a few scenes could have been made clearer using more appropriate transitions. Overall, Unlucky Chumki is an interesting read. Go on a rollercoaster ride with Chumki, and feel what she feels.