Kadooboo!: A Silly South Indian Folktale (Hardcover)

Kadooboo!: A Silly South Indian Folktale By Shruthi Rao, Darshika Varma (Illustrator) Cover Image

Kadooboo!: A Silly South Indian Folktale (Hardcover)

By Shruthi Rao, Darshika Varma (Illustrator)


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Kadooboo! Golden brown, puffy, sweet, and crunchy, it’s fresh from the pan—a delicious treat!

As soon as it’s ready, Kabir runs home with some to share.
He’s got to be quick, before the rain! But wait … can he remember the treat’s name? (His Amma is sure to ask!)

Of course he can. That is, if fun and friends aren’t too distracting along the way.

As Kabir makes his way, the sights and sounds of the street and interactions with friends start to jumble his memory. A cool new comic, and suddenly the treat is book-oo-doo! When a ball whizzes toward him—duck-oo-boo! With so much fun to be had, Kabir reaches home with a trail of friends … and a jumble of names. Could he possibly remember the right one?

This modern retelling of a South Indian folktale blends playful wordplay with delightfully quick pacing in a story about friends, family, and food—the perfect recipe for a satisfying story time.

Shruthi Rao writes books for children. She loves books, trees, hikes, benches, eating kadooboos, and hanging out with her daughter. 15 of her books for children have been published in India. She lives in California with her family.

Darshika Varma is a freelance illustrator based in Mumbai, India. She loves drawing characters in vibrant scenes and adorning them with emotions. She spends her free time traveling, birdwatching, and reading books.

Product Details ISBN: 9781645677895
ISBN-10: 1645677893
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Pages: 32
Language: English

"The illustrations’ vibrant neon palette wonderfully complements the fanciful text [...] Bouncy, joyful, and delectable."
Kirkus Reviews

"[W]ill delight story audiences. [...] A slight but sweet tale that seamlessly conveys the cultural relevance of this much-loved treat."