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Comic capers explode when science-mad Anisha must solve a mystery ahead of her Aunty’s Bindi’s “Big Fat Fabulous” Indian wedding.
April 2020 Debut of the Month
“Numbers are great, they make sense - unlike people. You’d think this if you lived with my family.” So Anisha sets the scene for the madcap mystery that unfolds in the chaotic run-up to her Aunty Bindi’s epic wedding.
Anisha loves her “sparkly” Aunty Bindi, but it’s not easy being bridesmaid to such a flamboyant figure, especially when she’s on the verge of having a “mega meltdown”! Matters take a scarier turn when Anisha finds a ransom note announcing that Tony, Bindi’s fiancé, has been kidnapped and the wedding must be called off if they want to see him again. “Why did I have to be the one who found the note?” she laments. “I DON’T LIKE DRAMA!” But, in order to prevent her already frazzled family from spiraling into further chaos, Anisha decides to find Tony herself, with the help of her best friend Milo.
A hilarious race against time ensues, with clues to pursue, undercover surveillance to be done and the involvement of some decidedly curious characters (among them a weeing lobster), and the menace of Anisha’s “evil” cousins-to-be.
The story shimmers with the vibrant exuberance of an Indian wedding, the special warmth of family and friends, and action-packed amusement. Special mention must go to the informative (and funny) footnotes that explain Indian food, customs and language referred to in the story, and to Emma McCann’s energetic illustrations.
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Anisha Mistry is all set to be a bridesmaid at her Aunty Bindi's wedding tomorrow...until she finds a note in her family's letterbox. Bindi's groom has been kidnapped and will only be released IF THE WEDDING IS CALLED OFF!
With best friend Milo, a mischievous granny, a runaway lobster, a giant chauffeur, and some super sleuthing skills, it's up to Anisha Mistry to find her uncle and save THE big Indian Wedding of the year.
Closing date: 21/04/2020
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
I loved the quiz and found out I was like Anisha! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book! Full review
Fun, bright and breezy. The story zips along with genuine laugh out loud moments. Great illustrations and a lovely addition to any library. Full review
I loved the pink cover and that it was about a wedding. Aunty Bindi and Anisha are my favourites. Anisha is really clever and kind and I now know a lot about lobsters! Full review
|Publication date:||5th March 2020|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, Humorous, Personal Social Health Economic|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, Reviewed by Children|
Serena Patel is a part-time law firm training co-ordinator and mum of two. She was shortlisted for the Asian Writer Short Story Prize in 2017 and was a finalist in the Undiscovered Voices Anthology in 2018. She is also a member of the Golden Egg Academy and SCWBI. Photo credit Tania Morris.More About Serena Patel