The popular Butterfingers series, published by Puffin, began with the novel, Howzzat Butterfingers! , In 2010.This humorous cricket-based book was followed in 2012 by Goal, Butterfingers!, a football-based adventure novel which also includes a socially relevant environmental theme. A prize-winning author of children’s fiction, Khairunnisa A, created the popular comic character Butterfingers for the children’s magazine, Tinkle. Her Butterfingers stories are a regular feature of that magazine. Her stories appear regularly in Tinkle, Dimdima and other children’s magazines and she freelances for other publications too. A book of short stories, Lost in Ooty and Other Adventure Stories, was published by Unisun Publications in 2010. Some of her other stories have been published in various anthologies by Puffin, Children’s Book Trust and Unisun Publications.
Goal, Butterfingers! is the second book in the butterfingers series. It is basically football based. The main character Amar Kishen is a thirteen year old boy, who is clumsy and accident prone but very well intentioned. He is studying in Green Park Higher Secondary School and the name of the town or the city where it is located is not mentioned by the author. He is the one who got the name butterfingers. Amar’s short and stocky friend Kiran always says that ‘ he is designed to catch whatever Amar drops’. Kishore, his other friend loves English and likes to correct everybody’s English. Arjun, another boy got only music in his head. He has long hair and one earing but absent minded and often in his own world. These boys are studying in 8-A. The most important thing in butterfingers is the boys are not growing. The author is not ready to change their age.
Amar wants to have a football tournament in school. These boys are involved in other activities also. When there is an issue, they really wanted to help. There is a news that a pesticide factory is going to come up in their place. Their peon Shekhar stands to lose his house, because of that there are going to be lot of problems. So the boys’ mission becomes how to erase the pesticide factory from their place. The story moves through their actions.
The author says that her book is meant for ten plus but grown ups are also interested in her stories. It is funny through out and some series are in comic strip form also. Sense of fun, mischief, adventure and love for sports are the main elements in Khyrunnisa’s Butterfingers.