Review: My Bollywood Dream by Avani Dwivedi

Thank you Walker Books for our copy of My Bollywood Dreams. All thoughts are my own.

A love letter to Mumbai and Bollywood.

My Bollywood Dream is a beautifully illustrated book following a little girl through the bustling streets of Mumbai as she goes to the cinema with her family. Along the way she uses her imagination to create her own stories of the people she sees, imagining herself as a film director.

I could almost hear the sounds of the bustling streets through the pages, such a vivid picture was portrayed. It made me smile and reminded me of the same wonderment of the world I had as a child. Everything inspired new ideas and creative projects and I loved to develop my own stories too.


“It’s Friday night and, on the bustling streets of Mumbai, a little girl and her family head to the cinema. As they travel, the girl captures the sights and sounds of the city with her camera, and imagines a movie unfolding before her eyes. And when they reach the screening, the room is electric – it’s time to dance! Inspired by the author’s own childhood memories, Bollywood brings people together in this heartfelt and joyful debut from a brand-new talent.” – Walker Books


I absolutely loved this book, especially the illustrations. They had such a different feel to other picture books out there, the colours, textures and patterns have such a lovely depth and vibrancy to them. I loved the inclusion of Hindi words throughout the book as well. Avani Dwivedi is a first time picture book creator and I’m excited to see what she does next!

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