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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Chatur the Laundry Man: A Funny Children's Picture Book is a fable for children written by Subhash Kommuru and illustrated by Nayan Soni. Chatur and his faithful donkey, Gadhu, were hard at work every day, picking up people's dirty laundry, bringing it to the river for washing, and then returning it later that day. It was demanding work, but Chatur still wanted to do more. His donkey would tell him to relax and take it easy, but Chatur wouldn’t listen. First, he got even more laundry jobs and loaded down poor Gadhu with more bags of clothing. While Chatur washed the clothes, Gadhu was used to resting a bit under a tree, but Chatur decided to ask his donkey to give up that rest and entertain some kids instead. Gadhu's patience was wearing thin, but the children made it even worse with their poking and prodding. Chatur thought his old friend was being lazy, and he decided to ask Atal, the elephant, to help him. This way, he could get even more business, more customers with clothing to wash. When would Chatur stop and listen to his friend and learn to take it easy?
Subhash Kommuru's fable for children, Chatur the Laundry Man: A Funny Children's Picture Book, warns against going overboard even with something as important as work. Wise Gadhu, the donkey, keeps on telling Chatur to slow down and take it easy, but he just doesn't listen. As is the case with many of the characters in Aesop's classic fables, Chatur learns his lesson - the hard way. This is a humorous tale that will enchant readers as they laugh about Chatur and his business woes, and learn about the benefits of moderation. Nayan Soni's illustrations are comical and perfectly suited to the tenor of this tale. They're bold and brightly colored, and the expressions on Chatur, Gadhu, and Atal's faces are priceless. Chatur the Laundry Man is a grand selection for story time that will also serve quite well as a primer for new readers. It's highly recommended.