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Mongal is a GRUMPY monster.


He hates color, he hates happy sounds and especially hates it bright and sunny. With the harvest festival around the corner, he steals the sun and locks it away in a mountain cave.




What will happen when there is no more sun? Will Mongal learn his lesson and make amends?

This rhyming, printable picture book will delight kids of all ages. It will help them understand the significance behind Pongal and the important role that the sun plays in our lives. It will also help them see that food isn’t made in supermarkets but is made from what nature gives us!

Mongal Stole Pongal or மொங்கல் சுட்ட பொங்கல் is the first children’s book publishing effort by Peruchali Press. We hope our story reaches as many children as possible, regardless of whether they may celebrate the harvest festival at home. After all, we all depend on the sun and who doesn’t like a bumbling monster?

In order to make this possible, we’ve released the story for free under a Creative Commons license. This allows you to share the ebook in whatever format is most accessible to your target audience. You are also welcome to rehash the content for your teaching and outreach needs, we only ask that you credit the original content. In fact, if you’d like more supporting material for this story, just drop us an email and we’ll be happy to see how we can help!

The e-book is available in several formats and platforms for download.

We’ve also created a mini trivia book that talks about the Pongal celebrations, how to make Pongal (did you know it’s also the name of the sweet made on that day?), about the sun and where food comes from. You can check it out here:


– Trivia for Mongal Stole Pongal

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Abhi Krish

Abhi Krish is a children's picture book author. She is also the founder of EliPuli and The Peruchali Press. Her interest is in creating bilingual resources & contemporary literature that's both fun and immersive. Her dream is for little ones to read bravely and enjoy the Tamil language while they're at it. If she was Mongal, she would be busy sluuuurping up all the Pongal (the sweet!) instead of chasing after worms or the sun!

Abhishikta Dutta

Abhishikta Dutta is an illustrator who loves making nuanced colored scribbles of the things she loves. She has mostly worked for children's books and in print publication. Her interests also include cartooning and illustrative design. Her work can be seen at If she were Mongal, she'd paint with mud and turn her underground cave home into a gallery!

What readers are saying!

Prabha Iyer

The story is educative as well as funny, it is easy for kids to be entertained through the flow. Indeed there is a Mongal in all of us!

Nirzara Verulkar

I went through the book! And I loved it! I loved the characters A lot! 🙂 Especially Mongal and the sun! I loved Mongal's expressions 🙂 He is very cute! The story simultaneously deals with facts and imagination very well! I loved it!

Dawn Nair

At first read, the story is very, very interesting. It’s somewhat similar to how the Grinch stole Christmas vibe... but different as well. I feel Mongal should have a different point of intro... not from the beginning... a build up from the sunny village to the one that hates it all... Some shift in sequence... perhaps. But I like the story! It’s very relatable for an Indian child.

Malathy Ayyakad

Wow!!! This is amazing! Just read the English version (wish I could read Tamil as well :)), so creative and entertaining and VERY well illustrated! Love the little lesson at the end about food as well. Congrats!

Ananthnarayan Balasubramaniam

Amazing efforts by you and your team. I am amazed and thrilled to read the book. It is vital for children to know the importance of Sun... And the need of sun to grow veggies. My suggestion is - nature comprises of pancha bootham...Water, ether, akasham, bhumi, agni...You covered Akasham....Partly....Please bring all elements in your future efforts.

Yogeesha Preshant Thiru

What an absolutely delightful story!! I cant wait to read this to the kids!! Please do compliment the illustrator on the wonderful pictures too! Thanks for sharing this fantastic creation with us!