Sunday, 7 December 2014

Survival Tips For Lunatics

Presenting Survival Tips For Lunatics by Shandana Minhas.

Here is the summary of the book:

To save the most important things in the world, you have to first find out what they are... 

Tip No. 1: Believe it or not a camping trip is the best place to start especially if it has: 

Changez, 12 
(Tip No. 2: Think constable in the lunatic police) 

Timmy, 10 
(Tip No. 3: Think capuchin-monkey brained snotasaurus) 

A mud volcano 
(Tip No. 4: Yes, it can erupt!) 

Saw-toothed crocs 
(Tip No. 5: The animals, not the shoes) 

A snippy sparrow 
(Tip No. 6: Small is Big) 

The last Ursus thibetanus 
(Tip No. 7: Think large, furry and walking towards you!) 

A herd of hyperherbivorous Baluchitheria 
(Tip No. 8: Don't think... Run! ) 

One poetic Markhor 
(Tip No. 9: Yup, get the earplugs) 

A Protoliterodragon 
(Tip No. 10: It may go from bad to verse! ) 

Vegetarian Velociraptors 
(Tip No. 11: Be glad you are not green) 

And as always Assorted pesky humans, including angry soldiers and heartless rogues 
(Tip No. 12: Think the most dangerous animal on earth...) 

Got the idea? Here's a story that tells you what on earth is really happening. If you are a clever Smartosapiens Survival Tips for Lunatics is the mad, mad handbook for you to make sense of the world and where it is going, besides round and round!

Survival tips for Lunatics..... It sounds like a self-help book doesn't it? But by no means is it one. A fire-cracker of an adventure, amidst cracking humor and witty banter of brothers Changez and Timmy stranded in a volcanic forest and surviving nature's obstacles to return back to their mother & father. Set in Balochistan and following the point of view of Changez, Survival Tips.... may target a younger audience but this is a tale for for all ages..... Ohhhh and it is to be noted - the story is written in prose format, don't be mislead by the way the synopsis is presented. ;)

Stranded behind by their parents on their camping trip, Changez and Timmy's journey offers us rib-tickling scenarios as they overcome every hurdle in their path. Guided by a no-nonsense sparrow, a sage-ly bear and a mighty fuming dragon who just hates bad poetry. Of course Velociraptors, Baluchitheriums and a mad Chiltan Markhor (wild goat) are not far behind.

Shandana Minhas is a a true cracker of a story teller. Well written dialogues, well worded plot and coupled with gorgeous Illustrations, Survival tips for Lunatics is not a book meant to be marked for later but to be experienced in its full delight. There is not a moment of rest for the boys or for us readers as we follow this witty, intelligent and a light hearted journey.

"Witty, rib-tickling and a light-hearted fire-cracker"

Genre :      Middle Grade, Adventure

PublisherHachette India

Release Date: 28th September, 2014

My Copy: Hachette India

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Buy:           Amazon (India) | Flipkart 


  1. This sounds like a fun book. I'm not sure about the style it's told in though. I think it could be a bit distracting. Still it sounds good, I like the dragon that hates poetry!

  2. Awesome review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by Addicted Readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! :)

  3. Oh gosh, I need this book! I love fun and entertaining middle grade and this sounds perfect. Brilliant review, going to grab a copy now <3



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