Book Review and Giveaway: 'Diwali Fun With Mouse in the House' by Shivangi Mathur

posted by Shweta Sharan, October 26, 2018

Shivangi Mathur's first children book, 'Diwali Fun With Mouse In The House,' is an interactive book that's all about how a modern family celebrates Diwali. It is also a delightful spin-off on the Elf on the Shelf, with a Desi twist!

Diwali is just around the corner and I was on the lookout for a book that will tell my daughter all about Diwali and why we celebrate it but in a modern context. My daughter and I do love the traditional Diwali books but we were also keen to read something that talks about the global Indian family and how they celebrate Diwali. What do they do on the festival days? Why do we celebrate Diwali by lighting lamps? What does it symbolize?

Shivangi Mathur's wonderful bookDiwali Fun With Mouse in the House is just perfect for this occasion. It sets Diwali in a modern context that children can relate to so beautifully. Instead of just narrating incidents, it tickles the child's curiosity and engages them in the journey!  


An Indian spin on the Elf on the Shelf idea!

Photo credit: Shivangi Mathur

My daughter loves the Elf on the Shelf idea, which is why we fell in love with the concept behind Diwali Fun with Mouse in the House. The book comes with a soft toy of a Mouse, along with a puzzle booklet.  
 
The Mouse is Lord Ganesha's loyal messenger who wants to make sure the children are having tons of fun during the Diwali season. The Mouse loves to play hide and seek so every morning, the children should find it from its hiding spot and get the puzzle from its tail, a puzzle sent by Lord Ganesha himself!

Of course, we parents work behind the scenes to make sure this is possible! We introduce the mouse three or four days before the main Diwali festival day and as a family, we give it a name! Every morning, we should hide age-appropriate puzzles or tasks in the Mouse's tail and hide the Mouse in a new spot every morning. The children should find the Mouse, do the task/puzzle and earn their Diwali day gift! After festivities are over, have your kids bid adieu to the mouse and reintroduce it next Diwali! 

A book that brings all the colors of Diwali into your house


Photo credit: Shivangi Mathur
The first thing we liked about the book is the idea of waking up to Diwali. The morning is full of hope and surprises and the illustrations by Debasish Saha are just resplendent! The diyas, for instance -- they look like they are actually flickering!  
We loved how the book talked about spreading joy and love, the triumph of good over evil and respecting one another, but not in an instructional way.  The last page has a simple but memorable write-up on the legend of Diwali and why we celebrate it, including the story of Rama.

We also loved the superb glossary at the end, which describes everything from 'namaste' to 'Dhanteras.' You can also personalize the book by filling in the inscription page towards the end, where you can fill in when you welcomed the Mouse into your house and the name you chose! 

The puzzles in the booklet are kid-friendly, funny, entertaining yet educational. We love how the book talks about how a modern family celebrates Diwali and at the same time, brings out the Indian values of caring, giving and of course, being a tight-knit family!  

I'd like to sign off by saying that I loved the picture of the boy making the rangoli!  

Cover image credit: Shivangi Mathur

Buy this book right in time for Diwali!

We are running a giveaway of Shivangi Mathur's book! Here's what you have to do to enter this competition:

Click on the link below to participate in the contest!

Diwali Fun With Mouse In The House - Book Giveaway!

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