Book Review: ‘The Great Poop War’ by Ranjit Lal

Join the Hilarious Hunt in 'The Great Poop War' – Where Laughter Meets Whodunit!

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Book Title: The Great Poop War
Author: Ranjit Lal
Publisher: Red Panda (Westland Books)
Number of Pages: 136
ISBN: 978-9357764674
Date Published: June 5, 2023
Price: INR 210

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Book Review

The Great Poop War“, penned by Ranjit Lal, is a delightful and humorous literary escapade where the author takes us on a whimsical journey into the heart of a peculiar whodunit mystery set against the backdrop of the Great Poop War. This battle ensues between cats, dogs, and the furious residents of Sparkling Apartments. This cooperative housing society in Delhi, known for its four-year streak of winning the ‘Cleanest Cooperative Housing Society Award,’ suddenly finds itself on the brink of disaster.

What ignited this uproar? It all began when RWA President Gangajal Badrinathji had the misfortune of stumbling upon a pungent mound of excrement, setting the stage for a comically intense clash between canine aficionados and feline devotees. The burning question on everyone’s mind: who’s the culprit behind this ‘who-doo-doo-it’ mystery? Was it a dog, a cat, or an unexpected intruder? As tensions mounted, an unlikely duo, Parvati and Bharat, embarked on a mission to unearth the truth, uniting mortal foes – the cats and dogs –to restore order amidst the chaos.

At a concise 136 pages and skillfully written in English, this book caters to a young audience of eight years and above. Ranjit Lal, a prolific author with over forty-five books spanning genres, weaves his fascination for natural history, animals, birds, and insects into this narrative. Published by Red Panda and beautifully illustrated by Ambika Karandikar, “The Great Poop War” promises to captivate readers with its intriguing title and engaging storyline, appealing to children and adults’ innate curiosity.

This slim volume unfolds as a charming and whimsical whodunnit that immerses readers in the eccentric world of Sparkling Apartments, inhabited by characters with names like Shri Gangajal, Shrimati Golgappadas, and their pets with equally amusing monikers. The plot revolves around the mysterious appearance of fecal deposits in the squeaky-clean society, leaving residents to speculate whether it’s the doing of a pet dog, a sophisticated feline, or a neighborhood stray on a covert mission under cover of darkness.

A pandemic leads to cat and dog owner clashes, threatening animal banishment. Teenagers Parvati and Bharat form vigilante teams to investigate, but the identity of mischievous culprits remains elusive. A war ensues, and Ghoos considers transferring animals to a rumored shelter. The story emphasizes unity and addressing issues like fake news and genetic manipulation.

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To sum up, “The Great Poop War” is a hilarious and captivating whodunit mystery that will keep readers entertained from start to finish. It’s a must-read for those who enjoy a hearty laugh and relish stories featuring endearing animals. This book is a perfect gift for young readers, as well as an excellent choice for parents and guardians to read aloud to younger children who will undoubtedly giggle with delight at the quirky names and comical escapades of the characters, thoughtfully brought to life by Ambika Karandikar’s illustrations.

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