The Magic Umbrellas – Behind the Story

A girl, her classmates, her teacher, and her mother are all a part of a great umbrella-chase!
The Magic Umbrellas is written by Theertha Raj, illustrated by Nancy Raj and published by Ms Moochie Books.
Winner of the Best of Indian Children’s Writing (BICW), 2018.

Recommended Ages:
Regular 5+ | Advanced 3+ | Storytelling 2+

In the Summer of 2016, we met Theertha, who did a writing internship with us.

In the months that followed, she wrote a lot, including six drafts of a story about a girl whose umbrellas go missing.

Back then, little did we know that these drafts would soon turn into one of our best books ever published- “The Magic Umbrellas.”

After Theertha finished her bit, we handed over the story to award-winning illustrator Nancy Raj, who took the reins from thereon. We fell in love with Nancy’s depiction of Leela and Amma right from her line drawings.

The Illustrated Journey of The Magic Umbrellas

The Magic Umbrellas Book Launch

The Magic Umbrellas was launched to much cheer and fanfare in May, 2017. Theertha and Nancy met for the first time for an interview about the book with The Hindu.

Read our interview with The Hindu here!

We had a super-fun umbrella-themed event around the book at a popular cafe, The Brew Room, on RK Salai, Chennai. There were games, crafts, dances, a storytelling of the book, and food- all centered on the theme of the umbrellas. Both the author and the illustrator got a chance to meet their readers too!

Here are some of our favorite moments from the event!
Where do Leela’s umbrellas go? Get your copy of The Magic Umbrellas and find out!

Hungry for more children’s writing? Don’t miss the Best of Indian Children’s Writing (BICW) – Contemporary Award List!

Also, check out our reviews of more books on the Neev Awards 2019 Shortlist!

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