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‘The Butterfingers Series’ by Khyrunnisa: A perfect gift for every child

The popular Butterfingers series of humorous books published by Penguin Random House India (Puffin) have been written by Khyrunnisa A. There are six books in the series so far, and the latest, Of Course It’s Butterfingers! was launched on December 9, 2018 in Trivandrum by Dr Shashi Tharoor, who has launched the previous five books too.

The first three books are sports-based novels – Howzzat Butterfingers! (2010), Goal Butterfingers! (2012) and Clean Bowled, Butterfingers! (2015) – and the next three are collections of short stories – The Misadventures of Butterfingers (2016), Run, It’s Butterfingers Again! (2017) and Of Course It’s Butterfingers! (2018)

They are hilarious books that centre around a high-spirited thirteen year old boy called Amar Kishen who, by virtue of being clumsy and accident-prone, has earned for himself the nickname Butterfingers.  He is a Class VIII student of Green Park High School and has a set of whacky friends to give him company in his never-ending misadventures.

About the series

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‘The imaginative world conjured by Khyrunnisa in the Butterfingers stories is charming, witty and boisterous, full of good-humoured mischief and benign fun, stylishly and effortlessly evoked through the clear-eyed magic of her captivation prose

Through the Butterfingers series, Khyrunnisa has made possible the advent of a genuinely popular children’s literature in Indian writing in English with hilarious, believable experiences couched in fluent and entertaining language.

With sports at the heart of many stories, the Butterfingers books are delightful and make school sound like so much fun. Khyrunnisa’s Butterfingers is a gift to the children of our nation!’: Shashi Tharoor

‘Khyrunnisa A’s Butterfingers series has bowled over readers, cricketers and celebrities alike’ :The Hindu

‘The adolescent antics of the hero of the Butterfingers series are subtle primers for real-life challenges. At an age when superheroes and mythology rule the roost in children’s literature, writer Khyrunnisa A is a trail blazer. (Butterfingers) has a unique style….It is witty, based on the theme of sports and has real-life situations. However, it also has social criticism and attempts to develop interest in literature in a subtle way. Interestingly, the Butterfingers series is enjoyed by adults too, especially those interested in sports’: Times of India

Howzzat Butterfingers!

Image result for howzzat butterfingers‘What great fun. It brings back long lost memories of my Prep School days’ :Mansur Ali Khan ( Nawab of Pataudi)

Howzzat Butterfingers! packs in all the high-voltage drama that an inter school cricket match can supply….A great read for cricket lovers, both young and old.’: The Telegraph (Calcutta)

 The complete quote is, ‘The school story has always been the favourite genre of middle graders. But Indian authors have struggled to keep up with Hughes, Blyton, Brent-Dyer, Buckeridge and Rowling. This book gives them a run for their money with its plot – cricket, a hidden will and pranks – sheer readability and wholesomeness’.-The Week

Goal, Butterfingers!

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‘Goal is an enthralling offering’: The Hindu

‘Tastier than candy bars’: Deccan Chronicle

‘Packed with lots of fun and pranks that define childhood’: Sakal Times

Clean Bowled, Butterfingers!


‘Clean Bowled, Butterfingers! is an exuberant mix of school, cricket and fun that bowled me over and kept me laughing from beginning to end. A delightful read’: VVS Laxman

‘Khyrunnisa does it again with this latest instalment of the Butterfingers saga. Clean Bowled is amusingly written, imaginatively plotted and always delightful, with martinet principals, jewel thieves, smelly gloves, exploding sapotas and an exciting cricketing climax. Wish I could be a kid again to savour the fun even more!’: Shashi Tharoor

The Misadventures of Butterfingers

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‘Khyrunnisa’s done it again!  She’s woken me up. And I take after my closest relative, the sloth, I sleep a lot ! Her racy and action-packed stories of Amar remind me of one of my favourite authors, Richmal Crompton . I got a crash course in Shakespeare, a memory recall of my own principal’s accident, and who doesn’t relate to roller skates disasters?  It’s a lovely, rollicking throwback to one’s school years. Amar is a desi “William”.
Khyrunnisa, I bow to thee’ :Cyrus Broacha

‘Butterfingers is back! That’s the good news for all those who have enjoyed Khyrunnisa’s wonderful character. And for those of you who don’t know who he is, what better way to begin than with these delightful short stories where a ghost walks the halls of the school and Shakespeare gets a mauling. Enjoy!’: Jerry Pinto

‘As a fellow butterfingers, I am a big fan of Amar of Class VIII. The whole world would be a dull place without dropped catches and broken dishes’ :Ruskin Bond

Run, It’s Butterfingers Again!

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‘Whether you are sixty or sixteen, there is a character for all of us in this fifth instalment of Butterfingers, packed with the exploits of Amar and his friends who keep us thoroughly entertained till the last page. Exceptionally witty and cleverly plotted, Khyrunnisa has given us yet again a perfectly captivating read’. Shashi Tharoor

‘Driven by the hilariously original escapades of Amar and his friends, the stories in Khyrunnisa’s Run, It’s Butterfingers Again! offer a wonderfully crafted walk down memory lane, straight back to those everyday excitements and adventures that lurk in every classroom and in the life of every schoolchild.’ :Manu S. Pillai

Of Course It’s Butterfingers!

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Like a good game of cricket, this book keeps you hooked till the very end!’ :Mithali Raj, captain, Women’s National Cricket Team

‘Who’s at his every-disaster-has-a-silver-lining best? Who can snatch defeat (almost) from the jaws of victory? The Wizard of the Woeful … the Foremost Lord of the Foul-Up… the Bumbling Baron of Blunders…of course it’s Butterfingers! I laughed, loved it and look forward to the rematch’ :Robin Jeffrey, academic and writer.


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