A Kirkus Reviews' Best Picture Book, 2018
Mina vs. the Monsoon
Words by Rukhsanna Guidroz
Illustrated by Debasmita Dasgupta
Age Range: 4-6 years
Type: Hardcover and Paperback, 38 pages
Imprint: Yali Books
ISBN-13: 978-1949528985 (Hardcover), 978-1949528992 (Paperback)
Mina loves to play soccer all year round. Nothing comes close to it. But when the monsoon arrives, Mina is stuck indoors and she can’t help feeling restless and bored. Her ammi doesn’t understand. The doodhwalla doesn’t understand. That’s when Mina decides she’ll find ways of chasing away the clouds herself. In doing so, she makes an unexpected discovery. Soccer will never be the same again for Mina!
In a charming story that any kid who loves a sport will relate to, soccer-mad Mina tries just about any trick to stop the monsoon clouds from raining on her game. In doing so, she shows us glimpses of her life in a village in eastern India, highlighting the important role played by monsoon rains in this part of the world. The heart of the story, however, is the bond forged between a mother and her daughter on a gray, gloomy day.