Nandana Dev Sen
Nandana Dev Sen
Children's Book Author

Mambi and the Forest Fire

 
Mambi is a shy little monkey who adores her older jungle friends. If only she could be more like Koko the crow, or Tonga the turtle! Then one day, a terrifying danger befalls the forest. Can Mambi overcome all her fears and save her friends? Beautifully told, with charming artwork, Mambi and the Forest Fire is a heartwarming adventure about discovering your own strengths, and celebrating the unique gifts that make every child special.


"Mambi and the Forest Fire is a must read for all children as well as parents, who will thoroughly enjoy not only the rich language used to create a wonderful story, but also enjoy the beautiful illustrations." 

- Fiza Pathan 

 

"Nandana Dev Sen crafts a delightfully uplifting story for children to remind the little ones that being different is more than okay."

- The Hindu

 

"Mambi And The Forest Fire is a gorgeous picture  book... an excellent story to read out loud. The plot is simple, so it is easy to follow in a group reading, but there is also enough drama and suspense to keep the kids hooked."

- Kanika G's Books,  July 2017

2019 Forthcoming Appearances

The Hindu Lit for Life Festival, Chennai: "Mambi and the Forest Fire Interactive Storytelling and Author Signing”, Sir Mutha Concert Hall, Chennai, India
January, 2019 (date TBC)

Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet, Bhubaneswar: "Mambi and the Forest Fire Interactive Storytelling and Author Signing”, Trident Hotel, Bhubaneswar, India
January, 2019 (date TBC)

Fairway Galle Literary Festival, Galle: “Mambi and the Forest Fire Interactive Storytelling and Author Signing”, Galle, Sri Lanka
January, 2019 (date TBC)

Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet: “Mambi and the Forest Fire Interactive Storytelling and Author Signing”, Kolkata, India
January, 2019 (date TBC)

2018 Appearances

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Storytelling and Author Signing, Oxford Subscription Company - The Story Teller Children’s Book Store, Kolkata, India
August 23, 2018

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Author Reading and Signing
Suncity School Gurgaon, Haryana, India
May 9, 2018

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Storytelling and Author Signing, Mahadevi Birla World Academy, Kolkata, India
April 9, 2018

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Storytelling and Author Signing, Future Foundation School, Kolkata, India
January 12, 2018

 

2017 Appearances

Times Lit Fest, Mumbai: "Catcher in the Young" Panel Discussion. Nandana Sen and John Dougherty discuss the subliminal messages of children's books.
Mehboob Studios, Bandra, India
December 15, 2017

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Storytelling and Workshop, Ambience Public School, Delhi, India
November 29, 2017

 

Bookaroo Children's Festival, New Delhi. "Have a Beastly Time with Colour and Rhyme": Interactive session with author, Nandana Sen and illustrator Kris di Giacomo as they create a giant animal mural and write a book of cuddly couplets. Children's Park, New Delhi, India
November 26, 2017

 

Bookaroo Children's Festival, New Delhi. "Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Storytelling and Author Signing, 
Children's Park, New Delhi, India
November 25, 2017

 

Dhaka International Lit Fest, Dhaka. "Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Storytelling and Author Signing, 
Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
November 17, 2017

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Storytime and Play Date, Sushila Birla Girls School, Kolkata, India
April 7, 2017

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Storytime and Play Date, Montessori Children's House, Jaipur, India
January 20, 2017

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire": School Workshop and Author Signing, Delhi Public School, Howrah, India
January 17, 2017

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire": School Workshop and Author Signing, Delhi Public School, New Town, Kolkata, India
January 18, 2017

 

2016 Appearances

"Kangaroo Kisses" and "Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Storytelling, Nehru Centre, High Commission of India, London, UK
November 25, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Nandana Sen in conversation with Chador Wangmo, Mountain Echoes Festival, Royal University of Bhutan, Thimpu, Bhutan
August 28, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Storytelling, Holt Book Shop, Holt Festival, UK
July 27, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Special Guest Storytime, Books of Wonder, New York, USA
July 16, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Session, Sadhu Vaswani School, New Delhi, India
May 5, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Session, Gyanshree School, New Delhi, India
May 5, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Kolkata Book Launch and Interactive Reading, Oxford Bookstore, Kolkata, India, April 18, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Session, Calcutta International School, Kolkata, India
April 13, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Session, Heritage School, Kolkata, India
April 12, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Storytelling, Kitab Khana Bookshop, Mumbai, India
January 29, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Session, Bombay International School, Mumbai, India
January 29, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Session, J.B. Petit School, Mumbai, India
January 29, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Storytelling, Children's Library, Ecole Mondiale, Mumbai, India, January 28, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Session, Vibgyor High School, Borivali, India
January 28, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Storytelling with 3 schools combined, La Martiniere High, Kolkata, India
January 27, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Literature at the Lakes, Kolkata Literary Meet, Kolkata, India
January 26, 2016

 

"Seeing the World in Pink and Blue" Gender Coding in Children's Literature and Games" Kolkata Literary Meet, Kolkata, India
January 25, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Reading and Conversation with Puneeta Roy, Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur, India
January 23, 2016

 

"Writing for Children, Writing as Children" Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur, India
January 21, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Reading and Conversation, Galle Literature Festival, Dharamapala Park, Galle, Sri Lanka
January 17, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Storytelling, Starmark Bookstore, Kolkata, India
January 14, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Session, Shri Ram School, Gurgaon, India
January 10, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Interactive Session, Lancer School, Gurgaon, India
January 10, 2016

 

"Mambi and the Forest Fire" Book Launch, World Book Fair, New Delhi, India
January 9, 2016

Events Gallery

 

 Mambi Fan Club One: Heritage School, Kolkata,  April 12, 2016

Mambi Fan Club One: Heritage School, Kolkata,

April 12, 2016

 "Can you fly like Koko the Crow?" Storytime in the library of Ecole Mondiale, Bombay,  January 28, 2016

"Can you fly like Koko the Crow?" Storytime in the library of Ecole Mondiale, Bombay,

January 28, 2016

 "Can you show me how you like to hug?" Celebrating Republic Day by the lakes, Kolkata Literature Meet,  January 26, 2016

"Can you show me how you like to hug?" Celebrating Republic Day by the lakes, Kolkata Literature Meet,

January 26, 2016

 "Can you show me how you like to hug?" Celebrating Republic Day by the lakes, Kolkata Literature Meet  January 26, 2016

"Can you show me how you like to hug?" Celebrating Republic Day by the lakes, Kolkata Literature Meet

January 26, 2016

 "Can you put the missing animals back on the page?" Launch of  Kangaroo Kisses  at the Hay Festival, UK,  June 4, 2016

"Can you put the missing animals back on the page?" Launch of Kangaroo Kisses at the Hay Festival, UK,

June 4, 2016

 "I'll SING with rhinos, and DANCE on my toes!" Little ones stampede the stage in a sold-out session on  Kangaroo Kisses at the Hay Festival  June 4, 2016

"I'll SING with rhinos, and DANCE on my toes!" Little ones stampede the stage in a sold-out session on Kangaroo Kissesat the Hay Festival

June 4, 2016

 Niece Hiya, the inspiration behind  Kangaroo Kisses , hides in Nandana's suitcase at bedtime, surrounded by her animal toys

Niece Hiya, the inspiration behind Kangaroo Kisses, hides in Nandana's suitcase at bedtime, surrounded by her animal toys

Press and Interviews

Reviews of Mambi and the Forest Fire - click here

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 Calcutta Times, Times of India  Kolkata is Talking About  September 1, 2018

Calcutta Times, Times of India

Kolkata is Talking About

September 1, 2018

  Deccan Chronicle  - click here for the full article (external link)  May 15, 2016

Deccan Chronicle - click here for the full article (external link)

May 15, 2016

 The Telegraph April 17, 2016

The Telegraph
April 17, 2016

  The Pioneer   April 3, 2016

The Pioneer

April 3, 2016

 Vogue India  April, 2016

Vogue India

April, 2016

 India Today - click here for full article (external website) February 2016

India Today - click here for full article (external website)
February 2016