Gajapati Kulapati – #ChildrenBookReview

The three Gajapati Kulapati series of books

The funny name like Gajapati Kulapati is enough to draw your attention to this cute and amiable elephant with a funny name who is friends with everybody in the village. The series has 3 books which have been authored and illustrated by Ashok Rajagopalan and published by Tulika Publishers. When the Indian crowd is drawn towards classic children books by foreign authors, these series of books definitely doesn’t fail to make their mark among Indian parents like me who are keen on raising avid readers.

Set around a background of simple south Indian village with a cheerful cast of characters adds that special Indian touch making it more relatable and giving the feels. And for that reason alone the Gajapati Kulapati series of stories have become quite popular among little readers who are obsessed with animals and especially fascinated with elephants.

With a very easy going quirky storyline and inviting and entertaining illustrations these books are appropriate for kids 2+ years, but I have come across posts with younger kids enjoying Gajapati Kulapati with the same zeal.

Gajapati Kulapati

These days Shaarav is obsessed with Elephant. We have been hearing “Haathi Raja kahan chale” and “Ek mota haathi jhoom ke chala” on loop mode. We have even been made requests to show him Elephant videos on YouTube. And we also have the cutest pretend Elephant roaming around trumpeting in the whole house.

Now, this storybook has been a delight to read to my already Elephant obsessed toddler. And this story about this very big but very kind friendly-next-door elephant has been an instant hit.

It’s a funny story of an elephant which gets a cold and ends up hurting his friends for which he gets upset and hides away. A very easy to grasp storyline, the concept of big and small, different professions, neighbours helping each other with vivid illustrations make it a fun read. We have been “Aaaaachhhhoooo”-ing this whole time.

Shaarav also had a bad cold recently so he could relate to the story very well. He has also been aggressive these days and this book has taught him to be gentle and kind. And, knowing that someone as big as an Elephant can also be big and kind and gentle at the same time has been very very helpful in keeping his aggression in check.

Gajapati Kulapati – Kalabalooosh

My son is a water baby. The easier it is to get him to take a bath the more difficult it is to get him out regardless of the season. And as it is getting hotter by the day he tends to sweat easily taking after his father. So the baths are going to be frequent in the days to come and it’s going to be difficult for me to keep him away from water. So I found it a very opportune time to introduce him to another book in the series of Gajapati Kulapati.

The story of the very amiable and gentle elephant Gajapati Kulapati has been laid out in a very simple easy to grasp storyline with a lot of animated fun sound words which makes it my son’s absolute favourite. In the story when on a very hot summer afternoon Gajapati Kulapati decides to take Pati Amma’s suggestion to bathe in the village pond everything goes haywire. What exactly happens is a laugh riot and each time we read this we end up rolling on the floor laughing and giggling.

Gajapati Kulapati – Gurrburrrrooom

Have you heard your upset tummy rumble? How does it sound? Gurrburrrrooom…??? That’s how Gajapati Kulapati’s upset tummy rumbled.

This particular Gajapati Kulapati is the funniest of the three and we had an endearing “tickling” read with this one, like literally.

After having a bountiful meal the gentle giant ends up having a stomach ache. But the one-of-a-kind cure that the helpful people of the village find for Gajapati Kulapati will definitely have you rolling on the floor.

Gajapati Kulapati, the gentle giant has won many little hearts and we too couldn’t remain untouched by its aaachoos, kalabaloooshes, and gurrburrrroooms. Since we are elephant obsessed these days, we keep reading them again and again and never get bored of it because of the gentle tone, sprightly illustrations and lilting repetitive sounds that tend to roll on the tongue. A perfect zingy read out loud books for an eager toddler.

This post is a part of blogtrain hosted by Prisha Lalwani of In the same context I take this opportunity to thank Cindy Ann Dsilva for introducing me whose wonderful post you can read here. I’d also like to introduce Revati Bhushan whose lovely post you can read here.

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