Book review: “Ten Tales” by Surbhi Mahobia

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Book review: "Ten Tales" by Surbhi Mahobia

It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations – something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.

~ Katherine Paterson, Author


I firmly believe that children’s books should foster imagination and a sense of wonder in children. That is what author Surbhi Mahobia is trying to achieve through her debut book “Ten Tales”, a collection of short stories for children.


About the Book (from the Book Blurb):

Ten Tales is a collection of ten short stories for children aged 8 years and above. These stories are a mix of magic, mystery, thrill, suspense, happiness and excitement. They are sure to widen their imagination and give it a fresh perspective.


About the Author:

Surbhi is a graduate in English Literature and a postgraduate in Mass Comm. She is a communications professional, freelance content creator and a blogger. She is an avid reader and a passionate storyteller. You can read her blogs at


What I liked:

Just as the author set out to do, the book covers a wide range of plots and emotions. Every story will encourage children to think and introspect. Whereas there are modern-day fairytales that fill us with wonder, there are also stories that bring us back to life’s realities and pull at our heartstrings.


The book begins with “Anna and the Airplanes” in which children can read about the power of dreams and that dreams do indeed come true. “Hannah and the Witch” talks about the triumph of good over evil. “Cupcakes” is a story about the significance of a small good deed. And then there is “XYZZY”, an almost cliffhanger ending that will encourage children to let their imagination run wild as to what the protagonist would do next.


The one I loved the most was “Deep Blue, See”. It is written so simply, yet conveys such a powerful message and emotion. This story will help children understand and appreciate those who are different from themselves.


On the whole, this is quite an enjoyable yet thought-provoking read for children that will implore them to look at life from different perspectives.


Who should read this book:

The author recommends this book for children aged 8 and above. Many times children at that age have short attention spans and cannot commit to reading an entire novel. Short stories are a great way to introduce them to the habit of reading.



The book is available for free download at: “Ten Tales” by Surbhi Mahobia

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  1. Varad said on September 2, 2018 10:27 pm:

    This was one of the very first books I read during the Blogchatter ebook carnival. I have only good things to say about this stories and writing style of Surbhi. You have written an even review of the book. Well done.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on September 28, 2018 2:48 pm:

      Thank you Varad

  2. Ranjini said on September 2, 2018 10:38 pm:

    I always look for engaging books with messages to gift children. This will be a good option ? I myself would like to read it first

  3. Pratikshya Mishra said on September 3, 2018 9:44 am:

    I had downloaded this book during the Ebook Carnival but haven’t read it yet. I must do it soon.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on September 28, 2018 2:20 pm:

      Hope you do read and enjoy it 🙂

  4. Keerthi Vydyula said on September 4, 2018 1:18 am:

    I still enjoy reading children’s books. Stories to be specific. I recently went to a Bookchor even and spent hours standing at the children’s section reading those books. I agree that not all starry tales but the writers should also have those stories which allow children to think and provoke their thought process.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on September 5, 2018 8:38 pm:

      Yes I completely agree