Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip was shortlisted for the prestigious Goodbooks-The Hindu Award 2016 and the rights of the book have been sold to Japan, Germany, and France. The story is set in Rajasthan, a state in northern India that is rich in historical significance and holds a special place in the hearts of the Indian diaspora. This is just the first of many adventures planned for Farmer Falgu.
Chitra Soundar's onomatopoeic language makes Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip an especially fun-filled read-aloud. Soundar was born in Chennai, India, and lived for a time in Singapore before settling down in London, United Kingdom.
Kanika Nair's gentle illustrations portray the rural setting and the wide-ranging characters with understanding and humor. She resides in Franklin, Tennessee.
The terse onomatopoeic text with its sounds picked out in bold colors will keep young listeners engaged, and the pictures have a Rouault-like flavor with dark outlines and deep colors...A quiet discovery that home is best. ~Kirkus Review
Enlarged, color-coded type helps emphasizes the onomatopoeia that fills a buoyant cumulative story that, in addition to being just plain fun, may leave readers curious to learn more about the rural Indian setting. ~Publishers Weekly
"The vibrant illustrations, full of colour and life, offer the reader a glimpse of the everyday life of those who live in India. The simple plots offer lots of opportunities for joining in and for adding musical accompaniments whilst showing us the best qualities of this gentle man... [I] really look forward to seeing where Farmer Falgu’s adventures will take him next!" ~North Somerset Teachers Book Award
- The Hindu Young World Goodbooks Award - Best Story