Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous – Gita V. Reddy – Published 7 August 2015
Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous is a bed time story for kids, and also a first-read for early readers.
Bala-Gala lives in the forest of Gamba-Bamba, and must save himself from the crocodile, Brammy-Gommy, who lives in the River Kanga.
But who is Bala-Gala? Is he is deer, a tiger, a dinosaur, or a dragon? The answer will delight kids, as will the story.
I was asked to read and review this children’s picture book. It is a clever and sweet story about a child’s playful imagination.
Bala-Gala is brave and dangerous. When he walks through the forest as a deer his friends hide from his large, earth-shaking steps. When he is a tiger he can scare the nasty crocodile. And he loves being a dinosaur so he can carry his friends all over the forest. But when a monster threatens the peace of the forest it will be up to Bala-Gala to save his friends.
This story is both an adventure and a lesson in creativity. The twist at the end is nice and children will enjoy the ‘oh, you mean, he’s…’ moment. The story is written in prose, but the names of people and places add a nice rhythm to the story, Bala-Gala who lives in the forest of Gamba-Bamba.
The illustrations in Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous are bright and simple. They match the sweet tone of the story. The green background encases the readers in the depth of the forest setting, and the colourful images of the animals are really quite beautiful.
The author provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Category: Fiction – Picture Book.
Themes: Imagination, animals, friendship, bravery, magic.
Published: 7 August 2015 by the author.
Format: ebook. 24 pages.