“Join JustIt and Anil the Excluded Squirrel in this exciting adventure, solve a mystery and trap the villain in a thrilling climax.”


Pandemonium in Pakshila is Kalpish Ratna’s contribution to the climate crisis. The story is set in another world where animals and humans have swapped children for the sake of better coordination. However, the parents are not being able to manage the cubs and a SOS goes out to a child who is JustIt. The two writers who write together as Kalpish Ratna describe a world where flowers and animals talk and lions dye their manes blue. The boy who ties up with Anil, an Excluded Squirrel fly up Cloud Street to Pakshila where they find themselves in the middle of confusion since no one seems to know what exactly is wrong but animal children and human children seem to behave in pretty much the same fashion.

Kalpish Ratna is at their best when they have fun with Latin and teach children how the names are derived. Not to mention experimenting with Undernet and Overnet. The book picks up momentum towards the end when it becomes obvious that there are many people in the world who suffer from biophobia and that good parents needn’t necessarily have virtuous children.


Reviewed by:

Anjana Basu

Added 17th October 2021

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