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“Yaargh”! I really liked this book. It was full of war and death, though. It was interesting the way the commentators Yakkety Yak and Yeherdit Hearfurst cracked jokes. It was hilarious. The illustrations and the book cover is beautiful. I also liked the way Nayanika Mahtani, the London based writer describes the times. ‘Altan can cook an epic”. Interesting Mongol and Mughal connection! What’s so special about the book is that it makes children look back into history which educates them. Genghis Khan is rather a hard topic too. It made me feel very sad as there is so much killing but, it made me laugh out loud too as it was hilarious. So, it was a little bit of both the feelings. There is so much to learn about history and that’s why I loved the book. I would recommend this book to all my friends and give it a five-star rating! - Anushka Tonapi
Read Genghis Khan on my flight back last night. What a cleverly woven tale indeed! A story told with both mastery over the subject matter and vibrancy in presenting that subject matter. I loved the interplay of history with modern twists of presenting that history. One of the marks of a good story teller is someone who can take a topic that may not create much interest on its own in young minds and present it in a fashion that it becomes a tale to remember! I learnt a lot about the many facets of Genghis Khan's life. Wish Nayanika had written our history books as we plodded our way through our voluminous history syllabus in school. I always thought our syllabus was so very comprehensive (impeccable coverage of both international and Indian history) but our history books put it in such a dreary way! Clearly the Nayanika factor was missing! Great to see so much of the author in the way the story is told. This is as much a personal journey as it is a professional one. Cannot wait to see where this journey heads next!
From the very first page, the book is gripping.Informative, yet humorously light. It is written a tone that children of today will identify with ! The truth behind the "gory" details was presented in a unique child friendly yet mature manner.
This book is a rare jewel that I know will be loved and accepted by our youngsters. It is probably one of the best books to give as a present as it will act as a key to reopen or reintroduce our young readers back into the magical world of books !
Loved reading 'The Gory Story Of Genghis Khan' by Nayanika Mahtani. It was a book I couldn't put down on the contrary it made me laugh 😂 till I dropped.(get it!) . I know.. I know its for kids but what the heck the cover says 9+...(I qualify). Loved the puns (no pun intended!)and Yuherdit Hearfurst's prompt reporting ...Thank you Nayanika. Waiting for the next.