Monday, 24 August 2015

Rama and the Demon King by Jessica Souhami (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

A fantastic version of a traditional Indian legend, meet Rama and Sita and the nefarious many-headed demon king...

We're huge fans of Jessica Souhami's brilliant treatments of stories from around the world and in this tale she dips into Indian mythology to explore the legend of Rama, a heroic Indian warrior - and his muse Sita.

Rama, his loyal brother Lakshaman and Princess Sita are betrayed by a jealous royal courtesan who enlists the help of the many-headed Demon King to kidnap Sita and defeat Rama and Lakshaman in battle.

Rama vows to rescue Sita before the demon king devours her, recruiting the monkey god Hanuman and his mighty army to destroy the Demon King once and for all.

Jessica's fast-paced retelling of the classic Indian legend is astonishing and exciting, introducing children to new mythologies that will encourage them to find out more about the amazing tales in Indian folklore. The fabulous climactic battle in this story is worth the entry fee alone as Rama, Lakshaman, Sita and Hanuman join forces to take on the Demon King and his hideous army!

Superb stuff!

Charlotte's favourite bit: When the Demon King captures Sita who rather wisely talks the Demon King into not devouring her on the spot.

Daddy's favourite bit: A brilliant and exciting retelling of the astonishing Indian myths and legends, kids are going to love this!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

"Rama and the Demon King"

Written and Illustrated by Jessica Souhami

Published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

Release Date: 6th August 2015 (Paperback reprint)