Friday, January 26, 2007

Review: Looking for Bapu

This review was written by Alice Herold
Looking for Bapu by Anjali Banerjee is a charming book about an eight-year old boy, Anu, who looks for his grandfather, Bapu. Bapu suffered a massive and fatal stroke while birdwatching with Anu. Anu sees his grandfather in a vision and is determined to bring him back to life. Where does he look for his grandfather?

First, he tries an address ( on the computer. (I wonder if this is a real address.)*

Next, he looks in the graveyard. He took photos of his grandfather because his father was cremated.

Then he tries to become a holy person by shaving his head and holding his arm up in the air. He tired quickly of that!

Next, he runs away from home to visit the Mystery Museum to consult a famous magician. He was disappointed once again.

Finally, he finds his grandfather at the end of the book in an unexpected place. Read to find out where.

The author includes many folkloric Indian stories, all of which were new to me. I loved this book!
*Editorial comment: The website is, alas, not real.