Parent Review - THE ADVENTURES OF TOTO AUTO - 1

  • One of the best kids book published in India

    No doubt an auto is an object of fascination for kids. That said, with the auto as the theme, the book very well captures the attention of the kids. Of course, one must also be a good storyteller while reading out to kids. My about to be 4 yr old just loves the hero of the book: Toto the auto, and Pattu his friend and driver. There are 4 books (this review is for the series and not for just this book) and 2 stories in each; so, a total of 8 stories that have been published so far.

    Some of the highlights are the details in the illustrations; they have been really well-thought out, colours, the moral in each of the stories, one page of activities based on the story (there could be more of these), and the pun in each story (where toto says one thing and pattu hears it as something else). Of course, for a 4-yr old saying a word called trouble and someone hearing it as bubble is also funny! :-)

    So, in all, the series is amazing and a must-have for all kids.

    - Renuka Devi C.

  • The Adventures of Toto Book 1-4 does promise some adventure in the lessons of life

    I bought these four books as a gift for my niece in Australia, especially because she had enjoyed an autoricksha ride on her visit to India. It was a shot in the dark, but one that hit the Mark very well!

    The books bring alive just very believable characters-Toto the auto rickshaw and its driver, Pattu. Together, they embark on one adventure after another, from a trip to the countryside, to saving leopard cubs in the Sanjay Gandhi Park in Mumbai to what not. Through these adventures, Toto learns the essential human values of respect and love for all, and hopefully so do the kids. And that's not all! All the adventures end with a song that my niece simply loves and you can also download the tunes of the songs from the website mentioned in the book.

    Overall, the series promises a fun-filled read for children. (I must admit, I enjoyed reading them too!)

    Give it a shot, it won't disappoint you!

    - Book Worm.

  • The Toto Collection Book 1-4

    The books are beautiful and very pictoral for my 3 year old. Good values to learn from them. He has started to love Toto and takes interest to know about toto's experiences. I love relating those behaviors to my little one.. Though I personally feel the language could be more formal for kids - British English.

    - Saloni Nichani.

  • I recently got my hands on Toto the Auto and my almost 5 year old has been wanting a constant rereading of the stories. Excellent book - great illustrations and content. Just the kind of material our bacchas really need. We have already heard the toto song online 4 times. He loves it. Hats off to you and your team.

    The stories are fantastic and so apt for our Indian kids. The topics are handled with excellent sensitivity and simple enough for the message to be driven home perfectly. The activity page is cool too. Very effective. Please could Toto also handle topics like poverty / poor people / beggars; crossing roads; domestic help / live in maids; respect for elders.... I guess you all have a list already. Please keep them coming.

    - Priya Fonseca.

  • Its a must read for all the kids... My daughter annie loved it immensely and the next morning she zoomed to the school with the books and told her principal to buy it for school library... Its an amazingly written combo of fun with knowledge....and its on the subjects which no one touched from kidos perspective..... keep the good work up and all the best for ur endeavour...

    - Nitin Patel.

  • We just spent the afternoon reading all the 4 Toto stories off my laptop & Kaitlyn wanted more...

    Besides her happy reactions to the stories, she enjoyed the activity at the end of each book...

    She loved Toto all decorated for the wedding & was sad when she saw him less decorated in the story with the leopards. (Told her he knew he was going to be around so many animals.....& some animals might get sick with the flowers ...pollen etc - so he had to take it off before he went around there !!) & we went on to the 2nd book - she enjoyed the story of Toto saving the kids in the rains...but on the last story she found KKs red car more interesting than KK (guess thats cos she is not into the hero- heroine craze of bollywood- though she loves bollywood dancing & costumes !!!)

    She was extremely enthusiatic - wanting me to scroll to the next page.... but she sounded disappointed that there was just 1 page of activity at the end of the book - but thats probably just her.....she always wants more challenges than most other kids at her age.

    You are not going to believe this but I think the success of the afternoon reading came just now as I was typing this mail to you...her big toy tea-pot is not opening....& she was struggling . I said maybe you need to wait for dad to get home,since i can't open it either..... her quick reaction "Mum, do u think Toto could help ?....oh oh.....but he has no hands...he has wheels. "Hahahah !!!

    Can't wait to see the books on the shelves in stores & pick them up later this year !!! All the very best & keep them coming !!!!!

    - Sheryl DíMello .

  • Toto is the bane of my existence:-).we Dont leave home without it. We need to read it every night and In fact am sure i will have to pack it for a short trip we're taking.

    - Pallavi Rai .

  • Simply mind blowing. Shloke is glued to the books and so am I. I loved the Fun Foods and he is one with Toto and Pattu. He feels Toto is another name for an auto!

    - Nilanjana Kar.

  • Aastha is very very excited and very happy to have the books, The TOTO book she kept under her pillow at the night so she can read it immediately upon wake up. she loves it and I am very happy for that. Why don't you make animated series of TOTO Stories too along with the books? - small kids like Aastha who don't read the book themselves, but loves to see the animation (she has seen the Toto clip more than 9 times and in fact sees it everyday!), the animation series would be hit among them.

    - Ami Paneri Upadhyay.

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