Review from Amazon
The young-adult fiction, "Captain
Riddle's treasure" an interesting book that children and their parents are
bound to enjoy. In the book, Rao skillfully weaves humor and action to keep
The story is that of three kids who have been
punished for fighting with their siblings.
Banished by the Night Fairy to a deserted island, they must find their way back
home using their wits.
Rao draws on his seafaring experiences to
imagine the adventures the children might encounter during a voyage onboard a one-of-a-kind ship. The book also has a
healthy dose of pirates, leprechauns, a fire-spewing dragon, a knight astride a
lion, and the Night Fairy herself; enough to keep any child imagining the art
of the possible.
An engaging story for young-adults and their parents alike
In Author's words:
There is no pleasure greater than playing
with one's grandchildren. When they play and laugh
heartily, one's heart skips with joy. The whole house comes alive and the
spirits of everyone present soar sky high.
Unfortunately, children also fight amongst
themselves. And fight they do with the same passion they show while playing. It
takes a few minutes for elders to sort out the dispute and settle the matter.
The children repeatedly say sorry, forget about it and resume playing. Unlike
elders, they don't keep grudges and settle scores later. All that is needed
while dealing with such children is a little patience and gentle persuasion.
However, some parents lose their cool and give a whack on the bottom or
administer some punishment of their choice to their children.
My six grandchildren, all bundles of joy,
meet almost every weekend to come and play with me. While playing, they often
get into arguments and scuffles but agree to my system of administering justice
and settle their disputes. My children, not endowed with the same quantum of
patience as I, often get angry and punish them according to
their judgment. I sometimes feel the grandchildren are less at fault than their
This idea gave rise to the concept of a Night
Fairy never heard before by children. Second, children love riddles and brain
teasers. The expression on their faces when
they successfully solve a mystery is just
beyond words. I have been giving questions to them and rewarding them a buck
each when they give the right answer. This made no dent in my wallet but gave
immense pleasure to the kids.
Third, since I served in the navy and
Mercantile Marine, I used to tell my grandchildren several stories of my life
at sea and adventures some real and some made up and found them listening with
rapt attention. Notably, stories of monsters used to keep them spellbound.
Finally, stories of treasure and treasure
hunt have been popular with children since time immemorial.
Combining all these ideas I wove a story and
produced the book, "Captain Riddle's treasure." Since I was a Captain
for many years, I could write an authentic book about ships and the sea that
educates and entertains the children.
From the book Blurb
graduate of Andhra University 1956, GV Rama Rao is a retired Commander of the
Indian Navy, author of several short stories and articles, and is a dedicated
blogger. His published books include "The Colonel's Last Wicket,"
"The Good Boy," "All at Sea," "Emma's Escapades in
Incredible India," "The incomplete Man," and "The Odd Ways