A Kirkus Reviews' Best Picture Book of 2018
Mina loves to play soccer all year round. Nothing comes close to it. But when the monsoon arrives, Mina is stuck indoors and she can't help feeling restless and bored. Her ammi doesn't understand. The doodhwalla doesn't understand. That's when Mina decides she'll find ways of chasing away the clouds herself. In doing so, she makes an unexpected discovery. Soccer will never be the same again for Mina!
In a charming story that any kid who loves a sport will relate to, soccer-mad Mina tries just about any trick to stop the monsoon clouds from raining on her game. In doing so, she shows us glimpses of her life in a village in eastern India, highlighting the important role played by monsoon rains in this part of the world. The heart of the story, however, is the bond forged between a mother and her daughter on a gray, gloomy day.
About the Author
Debasmita Dasgupta enjoys drawing children with big eyes and shining smiles in a world of bright colors. After her first picture book The Friday Fair (KATHA India) was published in 2010, she has gone on to illustrate 11 more books. Her work has been exhibited in Italy, Singapore, and Thailand. She is also the founder of My Father Illustrations, an online movement to amplify voices of fathers who fearlessly defend the rights of their daughters. She lives and works in Singapore. Connect with her on Instagram @debasmitadasgupta and @debasmita_d on Twitter.