The Girl Who Hated Books


Given the opportunity, I would read all day. I choose books over television, always have a book with me in case I’m stuck standing in a queue or in a waiting room and can even read at the same time as I’m packing school lunches. Not surprisingly, my kids are all keen readers (phew!), otherwise we might have a situation like this on our hands. 

Meena’s house is full of books – they are everywhere and not just on bookshelves. Her parents love to read, but Meena is a reluctant reader and hates the fact that books have taken over the house. When Meena’s cat knocks down one of the book stacks, the characters in the books magically come to life – and it’s chaos! Meena has to find a way of getting the characters back inside the books.

The Girl Who Hated Books is presented as a short film, based on the story of the same name by Manjusha Pawagi. The message about literacy is clear but what I love about this story is the fanciful and imaginative way the characters are brought to life (it’s not often that I say the film is better than the book, but in this case, the film does the story justice).

Enjoy the film or pick up a copy of The Girl Who Hated Books at Book Depository, which delivers free to Australia.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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