Kid’s Book Review: The Best Diwali Ever

Kid’s Book Review: The Best Diwali Ever

About the Book and Author

In this happy, vibrant picture book the reader gets drawn into the excitement and anticipation during the preparations for the celebration of Diwali. The story touches on the relationships children have with their sometimes annoying siblings that kids will be able to relate to. The book also includes some interesting factual information about the festival of light and how it is celebrated around the world by different faiths.

This year, Ariana has plans to make Diwali an extra special celebration, with yummy sweets, divas around the house, pretty clothes, fireworks and… the rangoli competition, of course.
“This year, I am DEFINITELY going to win the rangoli competition.”
Everything would go perfectly to plan if it weren’t for Rafi, her annoying little brother, always up to mischief…and always being clumsy! Will he ruin Diwali too?

The Best Diwali Ever
Sonali Shah author

Sonali Shah is a freelance broadcaster best known for being one of the faces of BBC Events and BBC Sport and before that, a long-serving presenter of Newsround. Currently a host of The National Lottery Live on Saturday nights, Radio 4’s Today programme sport bulletins and BBC One’s Escape to the Country, Sonali was part of the presentation teams for Delhi 2010, London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 and joined the BBC Crimewatch team in 2015.

Chaaya Prabhat is a graphic designer, illustrator and lettering artist. After completing her M.A in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design, she is now working independently in Chennai, India. She has worked with several clients such as Snapchat, Facebook, Google and The Obama Foundation.

Book Review

I have an annoying brother too like Ariana

Hattie loved the bright colours in this book. She searched each page for “beautiful patterns”. Her favourite page was the one showing fireworks and sparklers. Hattie had lots of questions about fireworks and rangoli. We looked at the fact pages at the back of the book to answer these, and watched some videos too.

Hattie could identify with Ariana having an annoying little brother saying she has one of those!


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Hattie
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: chocolate, nail varnish and music assembly
  • Dislikes: Beauty and the Beast and cheese
  • Favourite Book: There's a Unicorn in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
  • Favourite Song: Keepy Uppy by Bluey
  • Favourite TV Programme: It's Time for School