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How To Get Rid of Hiccups

As the author says on the second last spread of the book,

Want to know how to get rid of hiccups? Read this book! WARNING: it might not work.

Hic!

Written by: Anushka Ravishankar
Illustrated by: Christiane Pieper
Published by: Tara Books
ISBN-13: 9789383145645

Buy Hic! on Amazon | Book Depository

Designed with a spare palette of just two colours besides black and white, the illustrations show our protagonist attempting eight increasingly outlandish suggested methods to get rid of hiccups, and the hilariously disastrous consequences of said methods.

The illustrator adds in details such as the vegetable seller wearing a sarong, the chaotic traffic scene commonplace in any large Indian city (although usually sans elephants), the teacher in her shalwar kameez, that hint at the author’s and publisher’s Indian origins.

At the end, when a delightful burp morphs into the dreaded “hic!”, the girl gives up and marches off, and the reader gets asked for any better ideas.

Even the simple yet effective design of the endpapers reflect the endless repetition when we get hiccups.

What would YOU do to get rid of hiccups?

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