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Bewitched by Colours: Nancy Raj

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  Written and illustrated by  Nancy Raj,  It's My Colour  emerged from a workshop jointly conducted by Tulika Books and Parag Trust in 2018. Published by Tulika books, the picture book is ideal for chidlren of ages 3-8 years. Chennai based Nancy Raj gives more details about the book which marks her debut as an author. Your thoughts about writing and illustrating a book for the first time. While I naturally paid attention to forms, shapes, composition, colour palette and other visual aspects of storytelling, this book gave me the opportunity to imagine and think of words, texts, it’s expressions and narration for the first time. This was a challenging journey but a joyful one.   Also, this  is my first attempt making mystical characters and scenes. Flying lorries, talking tomatoes, carrots as pirates etc. I have always drawn only people and their everyday life in India. (Except once some Indian wildlife for Pratham’s Achoo ) This book has mystical creatures and scenes. But, I chose

Ghosts and Cows galore in C.G.Salamander's latest mystery books

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  C.G.Salamander aka Andrew David is out with two mystery chapter books for young readers in the 6-10 years. While Yamini and the 7PM Ghosts is published by Scholastic India, Moodunnit is from Duckbill(Penguin Random House).Andrew shared a bit of information for his readers about his new releases. 1. You seem to be on a mystery book writing spree. Passing phase? Or just testing to your writing abilities in this genre? I am, and it's so much fun! I just sent out a middle grade mystery the other day, and I have a chapter book mystery that I'm editing at the moment. So, I don't think it's a passing phase, I've always enjoyed writing mystery and I think I'm going to continue to enjoy it. You are right about the exploring my writing abilities bit though, and more so when I write across age groups. For really young readers, I write like I'm rooting for them to solve the mystery, I'm sneaky with middle grade books, and with YA, I genuinely want to make a mo

Asha Nehemiah : C for Chapati

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Bengaluru based award winning children's  author Asha Nehemiah is out with a new book for early readers. Part of Duckbill(PRH) Hook Book series, The Grand Chapati Contest is a delectable tale around the simple chapati. Chetan Sharma's illustrations are captivating and Asha's story engages the readers till the end. Asha Nehemiah shares more about her book written in simple language for 5-7 years.                                   1. What inspired you to write The Grand Chapati Contest? I’m quite an adventurous and experimental cook. I can make fancy cakes and biryanis and even my hand-rolled lasagna sheets! But I’ve always failed miserably at making soft, round chapatis.  That’s what gave me the idea. I had to set the story in a palace – because who else but a queen could organise a ‘Grand Chapati Contest’?   2. Have you ever taken part in a Chapati making contest? How good are you at making chapattis?    I’d come last in any chapati-making contest!!! My chapatis are norma

Uncover The Secret Life of Debbie G. with Vibha Batra

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  Author Vibha Batra is out with a bold, new graphic novel for teens.   P ublished by Harper Collins India, the book doesn't shy away from addressing the pain and angst of today's metro teens. From fat shaming, divorce, remarriage, bullying to LGBT issues, The Secret Life of Debbie G covers it all. Illustrator Kalyani Ganapathy has successfully captured the moods of the different characters with her black and white illustrations. 1.Why did you choose to approach this book as a graphic novel? I didn’t! It all started when my editor asked me if I’d write a graphic novel for them. And I replied, ‘Yes! Sure! Of course!’ with the confidence of someone who’s never written a graphic novel before. And then, I dived headlong into the world of comic books and graphic novels. Devouring them in the name of ‘research’, of course. At some point I realised, I had to stop binge-reading and start writing. So I did.  2.What kind of research went into creating this book? You have got the te

Author Interview : Radha Rangarajan(10 Indian Champions Who Are Fighting To Save the Planet)

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The fourth book in PRH Duckbill's nonfiction series for 8-12-year-old  kids, 10 Indian Champions Who Are Fighting To Save the Planet  is an  interesting read about people who are doing their bit to preserve the  environment for the present and future generations. This book  spotlights  ten eco champions and equips with you with information  to do your bit for the environment.  A must for every home and school library! Radha Rangarajan, co-author of this book, shares more details.                                          1. What criteria did you choose to shortlist the champions for this book?   We first came up with a list of names of all the inspiring people who have worked on and are continuing to work on wildlife conservation, research and environmental issues. Some of the topics we wanted to cover were - birds, large mammals, marine wildlife, climate crisis, waste, rivers, reptiles, etc - so these became the broad categories under which we slotted names. And then came the m

Rajee Raman's The Secret of Fire And Other Folktales

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Award winning children's author Rajee Raman is out with a book for Scholastic India. A collection of 12 unique and engaging stories from across the world, The Secret of Fire And Other Folktales  is not just for children of 8-12 years, but also teens and adults who love folktales.                                                1.Was this book commissioned to you? I suggested the idea to the publisher. 2. Which is your favourite story from the book? I like all the stories, as they deal with themes that are timeless and resonate across cultures – love and loss, pride, selfishness, resourcefulness, courage, and self-sacrifice. Having said that, I must confess that How Glooskap Tamed the Wind (a legend of the Wabenaki tribes of Canada) holds a special place in my heart. This story describes an encounter between Glooskap, a legendary hero, and Wuchowsen, the giant wind-bird. In my opinion, the most remarkable feature of this story is its incredible visual quality – the picture of Glooska

Kalicha Kulicha with Gajapati Kulapati

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Author and illustrator Ashok Rajagopalan's has arrived with a new adventure for his adorable elephant, Gajapati Kulapati. It's the fourth book in the popular picture book series from Tulika Publishers.If you have enjoyed the previous books, you will love this one too!       1. Has Gajapati Kulapati aged in the new story? No, Gajapati Kulapati never ages. In fact, nobody in the series ages. That village exists in a timeless dimension, you can say. 2. Did the popularity of the previous GK books make you more conscious in choosing the right plot for this book? Yes, I always have the fear of the story not living up to reader expectation. The theme is easy to choose; it's usually something to do with issues kids or their  parents have: colds, tummy aches, allergy to baths ... But the way the story is to be told is most important. It has to create a laugh-out-loud funny, noisy, feel-goodexperience. That requires some work. 3. Do some/all of the minor characters from the previous