Mina vs. the Monsoon


A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Picture Book, 2018


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.


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!


Words by Rukhsanna Guidroz

Illustrated by Debasmita Dasgupta


Age Range: 4-6 years
Type: Hardcover and Paperback, 38 pages
Imprint: Yali Books
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1949528985 (Hardcover), 978-1949528992 (Paperback)


Weight 13 oz
Dimensions 16 × 12 × .25 in

Hardcover, Paperback


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