By Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Illustrated by Michelle Farooqi
ISBN: 978-969-616-015-1
152p, Kitab (Pvt) Ltd./ Red Turtle
Publication date: October 01, 2012

Tik-Tik lives on the planet Nopter, where the slowness of growing up troubles him, so he embarks on a cosmic journey of discovery with his best friend, Nib-Nib; his grandpa Kip-Kip; and the inter-galactic traveling cat, Dum-Dum. The Growing-Up-Project takes the four of them to the small blue planet, Earth, where amazing, and sometimes hilarious adventures await them. But will Tik-Tik find there the solution to his problem?

Kitab (Pvt.) Ltd
Liberty Books

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RABBIT RAP: A Fable for the 21st Century

By Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Illustrated by Michelle Farooqi
ISBN: 978-0670086405
302p, Viking/Penguin Books India
Publication date: July 2012.

In an age when rabbits live in happy freedom from their natural predators and are busy violently taming Nature, some of them seek to do away with warren dwelling, and liberate themselves from the tyranny of old ways. They find a true believer in Rabbit Hab, an enterprising head rabbit. As the ambitious Hab presses forward with his futuristic vision, he must contend with opposition, sabotage, and dirty double-dealing from some unlikely quarters. A fable about politics, ecology, feminism and corporate greed, Rabbit Rap is a tale for our times.


To be released in January 2013.

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From India Today, 24 August 2012
“This illustrated rabbit fable is a new chapter in the lengthy and venerable list of rabbits in English language fiction and film, not to mention the clever rabbits of the Panchatantra..." more

From The Hindu—11 August 2012
“The book is everything the title promises...A fast, exciting, modern-day graphic fable, the book is a richly illustrated story about disaster-prone rabbits..." more

From The Sunday Indian—27 August 2012
“When you flip through the pages of Rabbit Rap your initial reaction is - Ah, yet another wonderful book for children. It's only when you start reading it you realise that the looks of books too could be deceptive. 'A fable for the 21st Century' is a serious fictional narration which at the outset looks farcical, only to force you think deeply about human ambition in the from of anthropomorphic rabbits..." more

From The Sunday Standard—12 August 2012
“Rabbit Rap has a strong message on environmental change, green politics and organic farming.”

From DAWN Books and Authors—23 September, 2012
Rabbit Rap is a fun, low-brow romp in the hay with impulsive, raucous characters unable to stay out of trouble..." more

From Indian Express—01 September, 2012
“Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s latest offering, ostensibly for children but clearly also for older readers, is a gentle critique of modern living and corporate greed. Employing the familiar trope of using animals to provide a commentary on human life, Rabbit Rap has as its central characters that most non-threatening species of all, the bunny..." more

From Mail Today—11 August 2012
“Farooqi's latest, Rabbit Rap, is a satirical fable that explores the issues facing the developing world as it comes to terms with genetic engineering, corporate social responsibility, and the political and social climate in which it thrives. It's a gem of a book. Read it.” – Charu Soni

From People magazine—19 Oct 2012
“The novel mainly centres around Rabbit Hab whose modern and scientific approach causes him to clash with the more traditionalist forces in his society. Ostensibly an oddball children's tale, the rabbit world in Musharraf's book also works well as a metaphor for the potentially damaging impact of the commercial-industrial complex.” - Lakshmi Sankaran

From LifePositive—September 2012
“The delightful fantasy straddles the young adult and general readership. It is lavishly illustrated, and will appeal to a wide range of readers. Its unusually packaged but strong message on environmental change, green politics, and organic farming in a non-threatening but convincing format will be, hopefully, more effective than the traditional didactic do-or-die approach.” – Luis S. R. Vas

From TimeOut Mumbai—31 August, 2012
“The story reflects our times – the avarice, the corporate control, the uncertainty...There is a sharp wit on display in the wordplay...The well-executed illustrations are fun, and the characters emerge quite clearly.” – Samina Mishra

From The Pioneer—29 September 2012
Rabbit Rap presents a radical critique of industrial capitalism, genetic engineering, and exploitative business/political leadership, motivated by monopolistic profit taking. It also features radical resistance to the dominant tropes of capitalistic exploitation through militant mass action, aggressive mobilisation egged on by revolutionary song writing (which is where the title ‘Rabbit Rap’ derives from), and eventually the overthrow of the exploiters by the liberators... The illustrations accompanying the prose, the overall layout, the quirky cover, and the elaborate epigraphs in the manner of 18th century novels such as those by Henry Fielding make for an impressive package...The illustrations are funny and delicate, done in the nonsense rhyme style you’d associate with a fine hand (perhaps even Edward Lear’s!). Honestly, the illustrations and the overall layout, including choice of font, are quite exceptional. – Debraj Mookerjee

or Why Ants Don't Wear Shoes

By Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
ISBN: 978-1596432345
32p, A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: September 2, 2008.

Have you ever wondered why ants don't wear shoes? Once, they did.


Fom Kirkus Reviews: August 15, 2008
"Stylish, sophisticated illustrations appropriately accompany this faux-folktale that purports to explain why ants donít wear shoes..." more

From Publishers Weekly: September, 2008
"In his first children's book, Farooqi (translator of the Indo-Persian epic The Adventures of Amir Hamza) spins a dainty, droll fable about fashionable insects..." more

From The School Library Journal: September 1, 2008
Reviewed by Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
"This droll fable tells how stylish ants once needed many pairs of beautiful shoes for their busy lives and favorite dance..." more

From Canadian Children's Book News: Winter 2009, Vol. 32, No. 1
"Did you know that ants used to wear shoes? In fact, since each one had 6 feet, an ant required three pairs of shoes for every occasion – three pairs for work, three pairs for outdoors, three pairs for play, three pairs for parties and three pairs of slippers..." more

From National Writing for Children Center: March 6, 2009
"Any fan of dress-up will fall in love with this beautifully illustrated Chick-Fashion Story..." more

From Montreal Gazette: December 5, 2008
"Ever wonder why ants don't wear shoes? No, me neither. But now that the question is out there, wouldn't you like to know the answer?" more

From The Imperfect Parent: Feb 2009
"If you've ever wondered why ants don't wear shoes on all those feet they have, Musharraf Ali Farooqi's The Cobbler's Holiday or Why Ants Don't Wear Shoes offers kids quite an explanation..." more

From Kahani magazine (www.kahani.com): Spring 2009
"Have you ever wondered why ants don’t wear shoes? Toronto-based writer Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s, The Cobbler’s Holiday, answers this very question..." more


The Amazing Moustaches of Mocchhander the Iron Man and Other Stories

By Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Illustrated by Michelle Farooqi
Publisher: Puffin

A giant sets up shop in a perfect little town and immediately runs into problems with the townspeople. A monkey successfully conducts his business in town until he runs into someone who is not good at monkey-math. The Iron Man learns that his moustaches love him as much as he loves them.


From LiveMint—30 March, 2011
“The warmly hilarious story of Molka the Giant forms one of four stories in Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s newest book, The Amazing Moustaches of Moochander the Iron Man and Other Stories. Farooqi, whose writing for adults, notably 2008’s The Story of a Widow, has moved critics to call his style Austenian, writes in the matter-of-fact narrative tone of fairy tales here. Each of his tales shares the fairy-tale quality of absurdity...The collection’s title character, Moochhander, has to face the existential crisis of his luxuriant facial hair failing him—talk about a little Philip Roth of a children’s fable. In Monkeyshines, based on an old Urdu story, an enterprising monkey finds that his rudimentary barter economy teeters on the brink of collapse when he tries to swap a tray of sweets for a bride. Unlike fairy tales, however, none of Farooqi’s stories are didactic. Instead, they are written to charm and amuse, and all of them succeed, the read-aloud quality of Farooqi’s narratives beautifully complemented by Michelle Farooqi’s comic illustrations, thanks to which baking giants, sarcastic tiny pigs, cunning monkeys and moustaches full of character dance through the pages with aplomb.”
– Supriya Nair

From The Sunday Guardian—20 March
“The Pakistani writer Musharraf Ali Farooqi has one of the most diverse oeuvres of any contemporary author I know...his latest book The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man and Other Stories is a charming collection of four short stories for young readers, with illustrations done by Farooqi's wife Michelle...Farooqi is no traditionalist in his views on what sort of literature is appropriate for children...'Children are tougher than we give them credit for,' he says, 'and in any case, if something scars them, it won't be stories – it will be the hypocritical and aggressive behaviour they regularly see from adults in the real world around them.'”
– Jai Arjun Singh

From The Book Review, Volume XXXV No. 11—NOVEMBER 2011
The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhandarthe Iron Man and other stories has four terrific stories... The stories are the right length for five year olds (mine sat wide-eyed and silent throughout). They have room to pause and explain an unfamiliar word like ‘applause,’ for which there are familiar synonyms, and so the child learns a new word. There’s no dumbing down of vocabulary, nor of emotion. The sadness of Moochhander when he is old turns into hope and joy just as the five-year old listener’s eyes become round enough to fall out of her head. Michelle Farooqi’s delicious illustrations have an imaginative life of their own, almost, but they always match the stories and are arranged to figure at the right point rather than coming much before or much after the event they picture. Absolutely fabulous...”
- Shobhana Bhattacharji

From Mid-Day—26 March, 2011
“There's enough to coax kids to read The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man and Other Stories from cover to cover. Pakistani author Musharraf Ali Farooqi's four tales, with life-like illustrations, will rekindle how we read our stories, the old-fashioned way. India's favourite children's book writer Ruskin Bond believes this book is delightful to read out loud, or for children who are beginning to read for themselves. "The illustrations add to the fun," he adds. Each of the four stories created by Musharraf Ali Farooqi, author, novelist and translator, have been written to bring the essence of storytelling back to how it is meant to be – simple, effortless and life-like. Giving breath to each character and story are Michelle Farooqi's illustrations - created in a style that is reminiscent of artwork usually observed in Scandinavian and Russian fairy tale books.”
– Fiona Fernandez

From The Hindu—4 April 2011
“An easy read, the book is a page turner. Sure to make you laugh.”
– Archana Subramanian

From Indian Express—30 April 2011
“The fun doesn’t stop in Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s The Amazing Moustaches of Moochhander the Iron Man and other Stories...A fun read-out-loud book for children below 7 years, though anyone who loves “a fantastic adventure in a strange land” will find a lot in here.”
– Sharon Fernandes

From Deccan Herald—25 February 2012
“These fun stories come alive with enchanting illustrations on every page. The large print makes it great for those of you who are beginning to read to yourselves.”
- Monideepa Sahu