The Unboy Boy

The Unboy Boy Gagan S Family And Friends Think Of Him As An Un Boy Boy And Want To Make Him Boy Like Do They Succeed The Unboy Boy Is A Gentle Story Of One Boy Who Is At Ease Being What He Is And He Has Enough Tricks Up His Sleeve To Show The World That There Are No Boy Boys Or Un Boy Boys Just Boys And Just Girls The Complete E Book Is Right Here For The Goodreads Members To Enjoy The Unboy Boy, Written By Richa Jha And Illustrated By Gautam Benegal Published By Richa Jha Snuggle With Picture Books

is the only online platform in India dedicated to picture books It contains reviews of mostly Indian but also international picture books.She is the author of six picture books and has edited WHISPERS IN THE CLASSROOM, VOICES ON THE FIELD Wisdom Tree , a bestselling YA anthology of short stories on school life which entered the Limca Book of Records 2013 for being the first book in India to have a song penned especially for it Her book The Susu Pals was shortlisted for the Raymond Crossword Award 2014 in the children s category and won a third place in the popular RivoKids Parents and Kids Choice Awards 2015 Her latest releases are Thatha at School , Vee Loved Garlic and Love Like That.

[Reading] ➶ The Unboy Boy  Author Richa Jha –
  • Hardcover
  • 40 pages
  • The Unboy Boy
  • Richa Jha
  • English
  • 08 September 2019
  • 9789351269397

10 thoughts on “The Unboy Boy

  1. says:

    My son 7 and I reviewed this book and here are our thoughts SON SAYS This story is about a boy named Gagan He is a boy but he acts like a girl because he doesn t want to do the same things as his brother and his friends Gagan and his friends go to summer camp where they get scared and they lose a cat Gagan finds the cat and his friends start treating him better I liked the pictures in the book I didn t think they were too scary My favorite part of the book is at the end where they start treating Gagan better I think the part where the kids are trying to scare each other by talking about murdering is for older kids The parts where they show a gun or knives is not for kids, but I know my friends would think it was cool MOM I m told by the author that the gun in the illustration is intended to be a toy gun I felt bad when the kids were treating Gagan bad, but then I felt good when they started treating him better at the end of the story I learned that it s ok to not like doing things like hurting plants and stuff and you can like doing whatever you like doing if you are a girl or a boy I really liked the book and I think boys age 5 and older would like the book, but I think it s inappropriate for younger kids I m giving the book 4.5 stars, but if there was no mention of murder, I would give it 5 stars.MOM SAYS Generation after generation of males are taught to be manly , tough , aggressive This is evident in the type of play that boys typically engage in such as wrestling, imaginary sword play, cops and robbers , or my personal favorite, shooting each other armed with Nerf machine guns But what if a boy is not interested in these things What are the consequences This is the theme that is explored in The Unboy Boy.The story introduces us to Gagan who is a lovely, gentle, and sensitive boy He is the kind of boy who loves looking out his bedroom window and saying good morning to the sun, birds, and flowers He is the kind of boy who builds a home for ants and looks after them He is the kind of boy who loves his stuffie and doesn t want to play with toy guns He is the kind of boy who doesn t like to play fight and who doesn t like to listen to stories about battles and wars In short, he s just a boy who reminds me so much of my own sweet and gentle son.The book is set up to show how Gagan has his own interests that are not considered typically masculine His brother, his friends, and even his grandfather all try to make a boy out of him which further alienates Gagan His mother swoops in to reinforce that he is the loveliest, gentlest one, who always makes her proud Despite all the abuse he suffers e.g., being called a sissy , a chooha or little mouse , scaredy cat , Gagan continues to do the things he loves to do, although the feelings of loneliness and sadness remain Let me be clear that the way Gagan is treated in the story comes off as quite harsh but it is likely no harsher than the taunting and teasing he would receive in real life Further, the author clearly makes the connection between these hurtful acts and the consequences in terms of how it makes Gagan feel, thus reinforcing the message that hurtful words cause hurt feelings.But everything is about to change when Gagan goes to summer camp Camp is so much fun during the day, but all of the children get very frightened when they hear things go bump in the night and they let their imagination go wild When Charit s cat, Scuttles, goes missing everyone is too scared to go look for him They begin to imagine terrible things such as monsters, zombies, and ghouls Only one little boy is brave enough to go retrieve the cat Gagan It turns out he s not such a sissy after all as his friends begin to see him in a new light and accept him for the way he is The final frame says it all Gagan is happily climbing a tree, examining the ants with a big smile on his face, while his brother and their friends are playing a prank on a grown up It is not only his friends who have changed their opinion of Gagan, but Gagan seems to finally accept and love himself as well.I do have to react to some of the images When the children succeed in scaring themselves at summer camp, I felt that the illustrations of the ghouls, zombies, and so on were actually quite frightening and I think they would be particularly frightening for young children Also, in almost all the scenes where Pavan Gagan s brother and his friends are depicted, they have menacing looks or scowls on their face i.e., they don t look pleasant I would just be careful of inadvertently giving the message that there is something wrong with being a typical boy, which I know is not the author s intention.My Bottom Line The Unboy Boy is unlike any story I ve run across in the last few years As a mother of a young son, I ve witnessed how young boys struggle with the pressure to conform to traditional understandings of masculinity versus following their true natures which may be of a gentle or dare I say it traditionally feminine quality I thought the author did a great job of demonstrating how Gagan experienced inner conflict with regards to the pressures he felt to be a typical boy while still pursuing his own interests I would highly recommend this book in a classroom setting to facilitate discussions about diversity, gender, and stereotypes Ages 5 This book was provided to me by the author free of charge in exchange for our honest reviews All opinions expressed are our own

  2. says:

    A cute bookFor kidsthe treatment of the book is superb, the sketching artist has done justice to the storyand the author has conveyed the sentiments very clearlyI would seriously like to congratulate both the writers for such a nice attemptI myself loved the book, and felt for Gagan.Very very nice.

  3. says:

    I received this book as a part of the first reads preview program I was interested in it because it hits a popular hot button in the parent wars of boys being seen as not masculine because they don t show a lot of machismo or come off as gentle and not rough and tumble I wanted my daughter who is rough and tumble to read it, so that she gets the theme introduced to her in a safe way I had her read the back cover first, and then the book She had some questions about the words in the book, because one of them was the unfamiliar mummy for mommy she thought mummy was a monster tucking him into bed Once I answered that for her as she had run away as soon as she got her hands on it to read it she re read it several times Even at 5, she got the general idea Some of the themes were a bit advanced than that it includes the word murderer on a grave this is in the kid s imagination which she didn t fully understand and I didn t enlighten her because of her age, I just suggested that it was something silly made up It s probably meant for an older child, but she reads well above her age The illustrations are strange, but beautiful and my daughter loved them I think any boy or girl would benefit from this wonderful book I m sure it will be a hit with anti bully proponents as well.

  4. says:

    What an amazing little book and the story that comes with it well the kids loved it Richa Jha, you have done a fabulous job and thank you for allowing me to be a Goodreads First Reads Winner

  5. says:

    I am reviewing this book as a guest blogger for Multicultural Children s Book Day This forty page hard cover picture book is interesting on many levels.Gagan is a happy boy who loves nature and looks at the world with optimism His brother, Pavan, is mean spirited and self centered When Gagan plays with ants, Pavan calls him Mousey Gagan s classmates taunt him with the name Sissy the day he brings his stuffed toy Bingo to Show and Tell So Gagan asks his mother if he is a boy she assures him that she loves him dearly and that he is a soft and gentle boy In his dreams Gagan imagines himself a superhero, but Pavan and his friends continue to try to make Gagan into their own boy image by chasing him with worms, destroying plants, and playing with water guns Gagan ignores them as he reads and works on his stamp collection Even his grandfather urges Gagan to be a man by playing with toy guns Gagan feels sad, lonely and isolated.Things come to a climax when the children at school attend summer camp At night, Pavan and his friends begin to tell stories of ghosts, goblins, murderers and zombies They warn Gagan that the trolls will rip his stuffed Bingo apart When a cat named Scuttie disappears and other mysterious events occur, the children become frightened Gagan disappears from the story.Will he survive If he escapes the danger, will the children continue to bully him This story reminds me a lot of Charlotte Zolotow s 1972 book, William s Doll, which related the tale of a boy who wanted a doll for Christmas because he wanted to practice being a father one day At the time it was controversial and received mixed reviews because it presented a male character who did not act in accordance with the stereotypical image of an American boy On the other hand, it was acceptable for boys to play with G.I Joe soldier dolls.Illustrations in this book remind me a bit of Mo Willems The cover gives a hint of scary creatures who are drawn in dark silhouettes Mischievous children are portrayed with mean faces, while Gagan is happy and smiling There are some rather scary images, even though they are displayed in a cartoon like format Parents of young children might think twice about making this a bedtime story for sensitive children The lessons of being true to yourself and disregarding gender based stereotypes are valuable Teachers and parents can use the book as a basis for discussion on many levels I would recommend the book for children older than age six.

  6. says:

    I didn t really get the point of this I don t understand what s so unboyish about Gagan He studies ants, he daydreams about being a superhero, he goes to camp.I get that he doesn t like listening to war stories, and takes a soft toy to show and tell, but really Maybe the writer comes from a society where the definition of boy is WAY narrower than where I live I don t know.I see this as having good intentions, but not quite following through on them.

  7. says:

    A kids book about a gentle boy who struggles with fitting into the boy stereotype Nothing earth shattering in this sweet tale.

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