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Book Review & Giveaway: Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia


Aneel’s grandparents have come to stay, all the way from India. Aneel loves the sweet smell of his grandmother’s incense, and his grandfather, Dada-ji, tells the world’s best stories.

When he was a boy, adventurous, energetic Dada-ji had the power of a tiger. Hunh-ji! Yes, sir! He could shake mangoes off trees and wrangle wild cobras. And what gave him his power? Fluffy-puffy hot, hot roti, with a bit of tongue-burning mango pickle. Does Dada-ji still have the power? Aneel wants to find out—but first he has to figure out how to whip up a batch of hot, hot roti.

Overflowing with family, food, and a tall stack of fun, Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji is sure to warm the heart and tickle the tummy. Hunh-ji! Yes, sir!

This story will bring back memories for anyone reading this book. Sitting with their grandparents listening to stories that makes you sit for hours under the moonlight. Combine with storytelling was the delicious food cooked by Aneel’s grandmother. This book was beautifully illustrated by Ken Min.  The Author also used common Hindi words and phrases in this story making it interesting. I highly recommend this book.

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Author to review and giveaway on my blog. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

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    1. I am originally from India and would love to get this for my daughter’s library. We love to read together and a book about her heritage would be a plus.

      Comment by Mona Garg | March 29, 2011 | Reply

    2. My one grandson’s class are learning about different cultures right now in school. The parents are asked to make something from their culture so the class may all share in tasting the differences. I love this idea. Especially when they start learning at such a young age.
      It’s so important for the children to learn about our neighbors and different cultures.
      This book is obviously done with a lot of love behind it. I always find the most interesting books here that I may not know of otherwise. Thanks for sharing.
      Carol L

      Comment by Carol L. | March 30, 2011 | Reply

    3. My children are biracial so i search hard for books showcasing or illustrating children of different races and believe me they are not as easy to find as one would think. These kind of books help me teach my kids that all gods children are loved and we should never judge or take to heart when others judge us. thank you for your blog and this giveaway – Aj

      Comment by Aj McIntyre (TFMW) | April 1, 2011 | Reply

    4. I love books that focus on the importance of grand parents in the lives of grandchildren. I spend lots of time with my grandchildren and we explore different foods and cultures. Books like this that help children learn different words and types of food is so important and help round them as opened minded people.

      Comment by Grace | April 1, 2011 | Reply

    5. We moved home to be close to grandma and grandpa and then they became snow birds so the kids so enjoy their summer with them now. They bring home great things from their trips and even take the kids with them to introduce them to different cultures and people. One has been to Prince Edwards Island and two have been to Iceland. Great grandparents to have. Going to Alaska this summer with one of them.

      Comment by Lisa Peters | April 4, 2011 | Reply

    6. I’m an email subscriber and I left the comment on Lee & Low’s FB page (Annette E). I’d love for my children to have a book that has common Hindi words and phrases. My children enjoy learning non-English words.

      Comment by AEKZ2 | April 5, 2011 | Reply

    7. It’s so important to have different cultural perspectives surrounding children of all ages so they don’t develop bias. Thank you for showcasing books about different cultures and food.

      Comment by mjmia | April 6, 2011 | Reply

    8. I am not familiar with the author but my children love books. My twins are two and one of them is already reading. I can’t wait to share some new stories with them. I liked their facebook page and added a comment as well. contact(at)

      Comment by Elle | April 7, 2011 | Reply

    9. I have done the mandatory. My 4 year old nephew loves books. Reading with about another culture will be a great learning experience.

      Comment by mary j | April 7, 2011 | Reply

    10. Memorable Children Books & Gifts (MCBG) will like to say a big thank you to all those who took part in the ‘The Miracle of Rain by Sherry Rossman’ Free Giveaway. And also like to say congratulation to the winner of this giveaway:

      Winner is #3 Aj Mclntyre selected by –

      Comment by mymcbooks | April 8, 2011 | Reply

    11. Memorable Children Books & Gifts (MCBG) will like to say a big thank you to all those who took part in this Free Giveaway. And also like to say congratulation to the winner of this giveaway:

      Winner is #3 Aj Mclntyre

      Comment by mymcbooks | April 8, 2011 | Reply

    12. Some truly nice stuff on this site, I adore it.

      Comment by Elizabeth Tockey | September 23, 2011 | Reply

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