Kadooboo!: A Silly South Indian Folktale


Author: Shruthi Rao


Illustrator: Darshika Varma

*Signed Bookplates!*

In this South Indian folktale retelling full of playful wordplay and humor, a boy mixes up the name of a delicious dish he is carrying home to his mother.

Kadooboo! Golden brown, puffy, sweet, and crunchy, it’s fresh from the pan — a delicious treat!

As soon as it’s ready, Kabir runs home with some to share.
He’s got to be quick, before the rain! But wait … can he remember the treat’s name? (His Amma is sure to ask!)

Of course he can. That is, if fun and friends aren’t too distracting along the way.

As Kabir makes his way, the sights and sounds of the street and interactions with friends start to jumble his memory. A cool new comic, and suddenly the treat is book-oo-doo! When a ball whizzes toward him—duck-oo-boo! With so much fun to be had, Kabir reaches home with a trail of friends … and a jumble of names. Could he possibly remember the right one?

This modern retelling of a South Indian folktale blends playful wordplay with delightfully quick pacing in a story about friends, family, and food—the perfect recipe for a satisfying story time.