Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom

Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom

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Reviewed by Tawa Student; Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom is a fantastic book about a girl called Kiki who is very anxious about everything, such as whether she locked the door when she left the house, but how she releases her anxiety is doing art. When she gets a new sketchbook, she creates a fantasy world of her own, based on the Indian tales her mother used to read to her. One day, she gets sucked into her sketchbook, where she will have to battle Mahisashura and his army of demons before he can escape and invade the real world.
I would recommend this book to people who enjoy art and fantasy and are at least eight years old.

A middle-grade fantasy inspired by Hindu legends about anxiety, creativity and finding your own strengths. For 8+ fans of Abi Elphistone and The Land of Roar.

Kiki Kallira has always been a worrier. Did she lock the front door? Is there a terrible reason her mum is late? Recently her anxiety has been getting out of control, but one thing that has always soothed her is drawing. Kiki’s sketchbook is full of fantastical doodles of the Hindu myths and legends her mother has told her since she was tiny.

One day, her sketchbook’s calming effect is broken when her mythological characters begin springing to life and Kiki is pulled into the mystical world she drew.

There, she discovers the band of rebel kids who protect the kingdom, as well as an ancient, monstrous god bent on total destruction. Kiki must overcome her fear and anxiety to save both worlds – the real and the imagined – from his wrath.

But how can a girl armed with only a pencil defeat something so powerful?


recommended age 8 years plus


Sangu Mandanna

352 pages

H: 196mm W: 128mm Spine: 24mm

Weight: 240 grams