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Do you belong to that old endangered species ? the bookworm? If yes, read this book for a complete guide to fiction in English.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2006 12:37 IST

The Puffin Good Reading Guide for Children
Introduction by Ruskin Bond
Price — Rs 195
Publication — Puffin Books

Do you belong to that old endangered species — the bookworm? If yes, then there is good news for you. One of the oldest and most respected members of the species -- Ruskin Bond is providing us with more leaves to chew on!

The Puffin Good Reading Guide for Children is a comprehensive guide to fiction in English for readers aged four to sixteen. With an introduction by Ruskin Bond, the book is divided into three main sections according to age group. It has listed 1,000 books of various genres including humour, supernatural, animal stories and so on.

The listing includes classics as well as best of contemporary work. For instance, the Science Fiction lists Samit Basu’s Simoquin Prophecy, with the classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C Clark and Foundation by Issac Asimov. Not only that, books from all over the world are included under various headings.

The entries also have certain symbols to indicate award-winning books, books made in films or TV series so that if you like the book you can look for the film in your neighbourhood DVD library.

This book provides answers to the question: what do I read next? Have books been written before and after the Harry Potter series? In the end, a note to the parents and teachers: Why despair that children do not read these days? Are we catering a fare suiting their palette?

The Puffin Good Reading Guide will help the elders to suggest reading material to children. If you can’t read all the books suggested here, go ahead and read some, find out those, which are not listed but should and make your own guide to Must Reads.

After all, if you save the bookworm you will have a companion for life. Say what Mr Bond?