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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
King Neptune's Delite by Gita V. Reddy is a cute story for children set against the backdrop of the sea. Maya, along with her brother Satish and two friends, Raju and Jacob, collected smooth pebbles, driftwood and seashells for Moosa who owns a curio shop, Seashells, in the village. Though the leader of the group, Maya was the youngest and the village took good care of these kids. On the beach, Maya finds a bottle with a diamond ring inside it. There is also a note inside the bottle and they realize it belongs to some heiress who needs help. The kids make a plan to rescue the heiress. Will they succeed, will they be able to find the heiress and return the ring to her?
The story also has a subtle message for readers that we should never underestimate children and their ability to help. All the characters are well portrayed and the story is engaging and entertaining. My favorite is Maya and it's interesting to observe her interactions with everyone. Nautical themes always fascinate me and this story with the sea, beach, boat, and shells is indeed magical. The author also captures the essence of the local village by using a few local dialects and traditions. The detailed narration makes the scenes tangible.
It's a book that all children will love reading and the author manages to convey a good message through the story, which makes it even more appealing. I loved the story and the excellent cover design.