Tufan: Yo, earthkins! It’s contest time again! Have you watched the contest video already? No? You should! You get to meet our author Roopa and our illustrator Priya on it – you can watch it here. Anyway, this one is TOTALLY my kind of contest! The kind where…
Zvala: HEAR YE, HEAR YE! The Great Taranauts Contest is here again!!
Tufan: Excuse me… I said that about two octons ago, you know.
Zvala (primly): I know, but the way you were carrying on, anyone would think it was YOUR contest and that YOU thought it all up all by yourself and the rest of US here had NOTHING to do with it. So I was just making sure the earthkins didn’t get the wrong impression.
Zarpa (pushing the two of them aside): So, earthkins, we have a VERY exciting contest this time. It is neither a writing contest, nor a naming contest, nor a drawing contest, nor an imagination contest. Nope, this is our first DRAWMAGINATION Contest – which means you draw something that you have imagined!
Tufan (pushing Zarpa aside): Yes, and what you have to drawmagine is a…
Zvala (shoving Tufan): … KOLAVEROBOT! There! It was me that had to deal with those guys in Shimr, not you, so it’s only fair that I get to say the word first!
Tufan (scowling darkly): Just wait until we get back to Zum Skar! I don’t want to upset the earthkins with too much violence …
Zarpa (hissing): I think you both should leave. Now. I will tell the earthkins the other details.
Zvala and Tufan exit, Zvala grinning and sticking her tongue out at Tufan as she goes.
Zarpa: Sorry about that, earthkins. So as they were saying, we want you to drawmagine a Kolaverobot. And what is a Kolaverobot? Here’s a sneak peek into Book 6 – Taranauts: The Key to the Shimr Citrines - the part where the Kolaverobots come into the story… The picture you see on the right is a picture of the cavern – WITHOUT the Kolaverobots – drawn by our illustrator Priya.
In front of Zvala was a high cavern, large enough to hold at least a hazillion Shimrkos. In its centre, around a pedestal that glowed a soft tawny gold, knelt a circle of sixteen identical ice-blue soldiers, armed to the teeth, shoulder to shoulder. Their heads and faces were veiled in identical shrouds. A scroll of papyrus rested on the pedestal – Riddle No 3.
Zvala stepped into the cavern. The next instant, with a grinding and squeaking that set her teeth on edge, a millstone rolled across the entrance.
‘Well, I’m here now,’ gulped Zvala, speaking aloud. The absolute silence was getting to her. ‘You must be the Kolaverobots – hello! I must say you don’t look half as scary as the Muggarosaur. What next? Ummm… how did the riddle go? Fell the odd one or prepare to rot… But how do I tell which one of you is the odd one out? Would you pull off your veils please?’
The K-bots did not answer.
‘What if I felled all of you instead? That would just make everything simpler, wouldn’t it?’
She raised her arm and let loose a blast of firepower at the soldier facing her. The moment the fire touched the soldier, the ring of K-bots rose as one, roaring with rage, and began to converge on every corner of the cavern, their stunsabres slashing murderously through the air!
‘Uh-oh, bad move! Sorry, guys!’ Zvala ducked and feinted, sending off blistering tongues of flame in every direction. But each time, the fire lasted only a moment before it sputtered and went out. ‘What’s with you, fingers?’ yelled Zvala, taking in a giant lungful of stale air and exhaling. A thin blue flame came out of her mouth and nostrils, struggled in vain to grow into a blaze, and died out.
Fear gripped Zvala as the truth hit her. Fire could not burn without oxdrogen! She was now powerless against the K-bots! Sooner or later, one of those swords would get her – she could not run forever.
Zarpa: Get the picture? So your job now is to drawmagine one of these scary guys. Our illustrator Priya Kuriyan has already drawmagined the cavern and Zvala in it. Priya also knows where she would like one of the K-Bots to be (inside the red rectangle), but even she is finding it difficult to drawmagine a K-Bot. Your drawings will really help!
And if she decides that your K-Bot is HER K-Bot, your name – and your drawing! – will be published in Book 6! PLUS the top three drawings will win exciting Taranauts ZapWrap 2GB pendrives – to store all your favourite music… and photos… or a whole movie! A dozen runners-up get THEIR names into Book 6 too – and will win book hampers from Hachette India. Mastastic, huh?
All you have to do is this:
- Send your original drawings by snail mail to: The Great Taranauts Contest No 4, Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt Ltd, 4th and 5th Floors, Corporate Centre, Plot No 94, Sector 44, Gurgaon 122003, India
- Or scan your drawing and send it by email to: email@example.com
- Make sure your entry includes the following: your full name, age, contact number (preferably a cellphone no), mailing address, and email address.
- Oh, and do make sure that your entry reaches us on or before MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012!!!!
So, earthkins, get drawmagining!! We’re absolutely DYING to see your K-Bots!
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