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Hari and His Electric Feet

Written by Alexander Mccall Smith
Illustrated by Sam Usher

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February 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: joyful story of a boy and his dancing feet

Hari lives in a biggish city in India with his sister and aunt. He’s always cheerful and enjoys helping support them all delivering tiffin boxes for the nearby take-away and running his own sweet-making business. He spends some of the proceeds on tickets to the cinema and particularly likes musicals. When he accidentally stumbles onto a real film set, his special talent is suddenly revealed: when Hari dances, everyone has to join in. It makes him a local celebrity then, with the help of his friend Mr Ram, Hari uses his gift to spread happiness further afield. The story is as tempting and delicious as Hari’s coconut barfi, and its engaging narrator will have readers almost convinced it’s a true story; the world would certainly be a better place if it was. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+.

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4kids editorial expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Toby Little, age 9 - 'The book shows that different things can help the world, even dancing. Hari's dancing makes people happy, and that makes the world a better place.'

  • Cecilia Barth von Wehrenalp, age 8 - 'This is a story for all ages.  If you are young, ask your mum or dad to read it to you.  It made me laugh and it made me happy.  Hari teaches us not to give up on what we want we to because anything could happen.'

  • Harsh Budhdeo, age 10 - 'Overall, I really enjoyed the book and my favorite character was Mr Ram because he is a man that thinks of an idea and goes through'.

  • Daniel Bisland, age 10 - 'Alexander McCall Smith is a great author to explore especially if you are a starting to read as a lot of his books are not too complicated. I think all his books are brilliant! I recommend this book to 8+. I give it 10/10.'

  • Beatrice Whithear, age 10 - 'I knew I would love this book as I have read other Alexander McCall Smith books and love those. Mr McCall Smith’s descriptions always make me imagine the people and the places.'

  • Oscar Smith, age 10 - 'I love this book because it made me smile, and I am positive it will have the exact same effect on anyone else. It's a great family friendly read which would be foolish to miss.'

  • Bella, age 10 - 'Hari And His Electri Feet was a great book.  It is easy to read because it has special writing for dyslexic children and its a fun story.'

  • Frances Garey, age 10 - I really enjoyed this book because Hari and all the people in it are so realistic and it is written in a lovely style.  I think that it could really inspire people to pursue their dreams because they could be as good as Hari is at his dancing.'

  • Gianna Smith, age 8 - 'Hari and his Electric Feet is a very good book and it is a nice dip into India.'


Hari and His Electric Feet by Alexander Mccall Smith

Hari is a dreamer with an unusual talent. He spends the few coins he earns washing cars on cinema trips to watch (and learn from) his beloved Bollywood films. Then one day Hari's gloriously fancy footwork is spotted by Mr Ram, a man on a mission to resolve conflicts near and far. Hari so entrances everyone with his magical dancing that soon he is travelling all over the world and his electric feet bring harmony to all who see him dance.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

About the Author

Alexander Mccall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith has written more than fifty books, including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and a number of immensely popular children's books. But he is best known for his internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, published in the US in 2002 and 2003. The first installment, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, received two Booker Judge's Special Recommendations upon its U.K. publication in 1998, and in 2003 received The Saga Wit Award (commonly known as the "silver Booker" for authors over the age of 50). The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series now numbers a total of five books (he is working on the sixth) and has been optioned for feature film. The series has become an international bestseller, with more than 3.5 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe (formerly called Southern Rhodesia) and was educated there and in Scotland. He became a law professor in Scotland, and it was in this role that he first returned to Africa to work in Botswana, where he helped to set up a new law school at the University of Botswana. He was for many years Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, and a visiting professor at a number of other universities elsewhere, including ones in Italy and the United States (where he has twice been visiting professor at SMU Law School in Dallas, Texas).

In addition to his university work, he was for four years the vice-chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the UK, the chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, and a member of the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO.

Alexander McCall Smith currently lives in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth (an Edinburgh doctor), their two daughters Lucy and Emily, and their cat Gordon. His hobbies include playing wind instruments, and he is the co-founder of an amateur orchestra called "The Really Terrible Orchestra" in which he plays the bassoon and his wife plays the flute.

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1st February 2018




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