Veena is full of bright ideas. She gets Aunt Malu to use her magic to make something new and wonderful. But magic has its own rules, and soon Veena and her aunt are in big trouble!
Illustrator: Priyankar Gupta
Published by Duckbill
For children 7+ years.
Ideal for children starting to read on their own.
Simple vocabulary and exciting plot keep young readers engaged.
“My particular favourite is Asha Nehemiah’s Trouble with Magic. It has magic, imagination, taking off from an extremely ordinary situation at home. Plus a lot of colourful descriptions in the text.” Read more…
– JayaBhattacharjiRose.Com (Reviewed by Jaya Bhattacharji Rose)
“Asha Nehemiah has written a lively story for kids using just two characters to highlight the ingredients of successful relationships.” Read more…
– The Swaddle (Reviewed by Shivani Shah)
“Trouble with Magic oozes Asha’s characteristic style which essentially is funny and filled with crazy adventure.” Read more…
– Bumble Bee Picture Book Reviews (Reviewed by Mariam)
“This makes the series ideal reading for children in India and the Indian diaspora; for young readers outside India they offer a reading experience that will broaden horizons without force-feeding cultural awareness, because in essence the stories will capture their imaginations and make them laugh.” Read more…
– Mirrors Windows Doors (Reviewed by Marjorie Coughlan)
Tips for adults
- If your child is not ready to read the entire book on her/his own, try reading out one chapter and then ask whether she would like to read the next.
- Another option is to read the entire story aloud, one chapter at a time. Then ask your child whether she would like to try reading the book on her own.
- Try to keep the reading pleasant and enjoyable. Don’t force the pace.
- Offer a wide variety of chapter books and let the child choose the book she’d like to read.