Illustrations by Abhijeet Kini
Another rib-tickling sports adventure featuring Khyrunnisa’s famous character – Butterfingers!
Filled with humor, school pranks and antics, it is a must read for all sports and comedy lovers.
About the book
Look Out! It’s Butterfingers again, and in smashing form!
Brijesh K.Singh, an eccentric millionaire, loves badminton and hates superstitions. So when he chooses Green Park Higher Secondary School to play a badminton match on Friday the thirteenth, sports crazy Amar Kishen, aka Butterfingers, and his friends are elated. The school is in financial trouble and needs the prize money.
Badminton practice begins, but can it be smooth sailing with Butterfingers around? Things go wrong when Mr Brijesh meets with a Butterfingers-initiated accident on a visit to the school and cancels the match. The principal is furious.
Will the match be played after all? Can the school save its reputation? What is the role of a neighbouring hospital in the events that follow? Who is the mysterious Dr Nirmal Kumar?
Enjoy this entertaining mix of badminton, superstitions, adventure, mystery and fun as Amar and his crazy friends bungle their way to success.
About the Author
Khyrunnisa A. is an award-winning writer of children’s fiction and the author of the hilarious Butterfingers books. Howzzat Butterfingers! (2010) is the first novel in the series. She created the popular comic character Butterfingers for Tinkle. Her first book for adults is Tongue in Cheek: The Funny Side of Life (2019). The Lizard of Oz and Other Stories (2019), The Crocodile Who Ate Butter Chicken for Breakfast and Other Stories (2020) and Baby and Dubdub (2021) are some of her recent books. She is a full-time writer and lives in Thiruvananthapuram.
Endorsements for the book
‘The latest edition in the wonderful Butterfingers series Smash It, Butterfingers! shows Khyrunnisa at her entertaining best. Having launched (and enjoyed) every one of his previous adventures, I was delighted to follow Amar’s latest exploits, this time in a tale about badminton. An amusing, charming, rollicking children’s story—and for adults too, for whom it should bring back glorious memories of the joy and trepidation of school sports tournaments. A marvellous, addictive writer at the height of her powers!’
— Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament and bestselling author
‘Khyrunnisa has smashed a winner! A thoroughly enjoyable story of the fun-filled adventures of Amar and his creative badminton playing. An inspiration for youngsters to pick up a racquet and get into sports’.
— Rajiv Ouseph, former England No. 1 and 2017 European Badminton Singles Champion
About the Butterfingers Series
‘Smash It, Butterfingers!’ is the seventh in the hilarious Butterfingers series of books for older children. The books are spot-lighted on Amar Kishen, a high-spirited and sports-loving thirteen year old boy nicknamed Butterfingers for his famous slip-grip methods. He is a class VIII student of Green Park Higher Secondary School with a set of whacky friends like Arjun, Kishore and Thomas to give him company in his sports activities and misadventures. The series includes four sports-based fun novels – Howzzat Butterfingers!, Goal, Butterfingers!, Clean Bowled, Butterfingers! and the latest, Smash It, butterfingers! – and three collections of short stories, The Misadventures of Butterfingers, Run, It’s Butterfingers Again! and Of Course It’s Butterfingers!
Previous books in the series
About Amar aka Butterfingers
Welcome to the world of everyone’s favourite accidental wonder! If Amar Kishen comes, can hilarity and mayhem be far behind? Aka Butterfingers for dropping things and being a walking disaster zone, Amar, the thirteen-year old hero of the Butterfingers series of humorous books is a class VIII student of Green Park Higher Secondary School. He has a set of equally crazy friends to give him company. There is Arjun, the eccentric long haired guitarist who lives in his own dream world of music, Thomas, the perennial question box, Kishore the English literature expert, Kiran, the short, stocky ‘Tub’, Jayaram, the wannabe poet, Ajay the amateur detective, Minu and Reshmi, the only two girls in the school and Eric, who is a foil to the rest. With them, he stumbles from one misadventure to the other. He loves sports and whether he’s playing an actioned-packed game of cricket or a creative cricket match, kicking a football at a ‘World Cup’ match in school or playing badminton with one hand in a sling, he is certain to provide non-stop merriment. He is well-intentioned, but his plans to help others often lead him and his friends to the room of his long-suffering principal, Mr Jagmohan. Enjoy the mad capers of Amar and his friends and the fun medley of games, spills, thrills and giggles in the popular Butterfingers series.
Praise for the Series
‘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 trailblazer. [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
‘Butterfingers has indeed been attracting many young readers with his clumsiness and ludicrous schemes that take him right into the heart of trouble and then somehow out of it as well. The author truly knows how to keep her readers entertained’.
— New Indian Express
‘Ever since his appearance in Tinkle magazine, [Butterfingers] has been much loved by young readers’.
— Sakal Times