Reading about five children with an allergy to rules can be a lot of fun. Add a dog to the mix, and you’ll be left with a stitch in your side, says publishing director Shobha Viswanath of the new book from the Karadi Tales’ stables. “The Dog Who Wanted More is the first book from the four-part Rulebreakers’ Club series, written by children’s author, Sowmya Rajendran. Targeted at 10-14 year olds, it is a story that all kids can identify with,” says Viswanath, who wants to test waters with the title, before launching the remaining three books in the series.
According to Rajendran, the story was inspired by something she felt very strongly about as a child. “I was a big Enid Blyton fan and I used to feel that I didn’t have a life like the Famous Five because I didn’t own a dog,” she says, explaining why the kids in her book decide to dognap a pug—because no club worth its salt can be without a dog.
And though children nowadays are exposed to a lot of fantasy, sci-fi and adventure, she believes her story can stand up to competition. “The book is an ironic twist on the adventure genre. The gang wants to imitate what they read about in books, but soon realises that reality doesn’t mirror that fantasy,” says the author who is bringing out a graphic novel next and is also working on her first book for adults, a dystopian satire.
Finding the voice of today’s generation wasn’t difficult for Rajendran, a veteran of 14 books. “I run a creative writing club for children, which keeps me in the loop. I also send out my stories to youngsters to get their feedback,” she says. The Dog Who Wanted More will be launched tomorrow at the Odyssey bookstore in Adyar, by playwright and novelist, Shreekumar Varma.
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—Surya Praphulla Kumar