Book review: The very Glum life of Tootoolu Toop
Welcome to the magical world of reality!
The world of fantasy has always fascinated the writers and readers alike. We all like to escape to the beautiful world of imagination where unicorns and dragons live, fairies sing melodies, mermaids turn into beautiful women and there are potions to make you look just the way you want. The world of Harry and hobbits is the place one wants to go and have the greatest adventures once in a while. No doubt, more and more writers are warming up to this genre… which attracts people of all generations.
The very Glum life of Tootoolu Toop by Stuti Agarwal is a magical tale of a little witch Tootoolu Toop who lives underground with her people. The community is both literally and metaphorically underground as the witches live hidden from the humans — whom they call Glums. (Just to make it clearer for you, these people were called Muggles in the famous Harry Potter series). The lives of Glums is fascinating for Tootoolu Toop as she’s bored with her witch ways (as happens with any kid who is too used to their ways of life).
As the little witch leaves the comfort of her magical home to explore the Glum world above, she comes across numerous adventures involving people and places — some friendly and some not-so-friendly ones.
Agarwal has a fun way of telling a story. Her style is simple but catchy, especially to the kids. The story evolves automatically without forcing the characters to behave the rhetoric way. It’s a fun read, peppered with whimsical sketches and catchy phrases. Do pick it up for light reading and fun narration.