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Author : Priya Kuriyan
Illustrator : Priya Kuriyan
Ammachi can’t find her glasses one morning and everything goes topsy-turvy! Page after page spills with drama, humour, detail and local flavour as Priya Kuriyan spins a hilarious tale about a crazy day with unforgettable Ammachi — “the archetypal grandmother from memories of my own childhood in Kerala,” as Priya says. The celebrated illustrator is at her best in her first wordless picture book.
2017: Publishing Next Award, Children's Book of the Year (shortlisted)
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|Specifications||28 pages; 8.5” x 9.5”; full colour; soft cover|
|Tags||grandmother, family, humour, Kerala, forgetfulness|
Ammachi’s Glasses needs special mention
Priya Kuriyan has the rare ability to enter the child’s mind with her illustrations that bring alive a story to a young reader… Ammachi’s Glasses, a narrative-driven wordless picture book needs special mention. Priya Kuriyan tackles this challenging form by bringing alive the story of a Kafka-reading grandmother Ammachi, through rich socio-cultural details from a Keralite household that fill each page, supported by a secondary narrative in the background. From the Big Little Book Award (Illustrator) citation in 2019
The story of an adorable grandmother, without any words!
The beauty of Ammachi’s Glasses is in its details. Kuriyan recreates a small Kochi household in the pages of her book – the father reads a newspaper named “Hindoo” at the breakfast table, the kitchen is full of jackfruits and coconuts. A Malayalam calendar hangs on the wall. Scroll.in
Reading over and over again
This is a hilarious wordless picture book that is about a grandmother who and her misplaced glasses. Follow Ammachi as she cooks chappals in a pot and blithely proceeds to eat spiders. Aarabi Veeraraghavan, dancer and blogger
Evokes creativity and imagination
A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining story filled with drama, humor and local flavor. The wordless picture book spins a beautiful story that will enthrall the kids. Page after page, Ammachi will amuse kids with her interesting and intriguing activities while searching for her glasses. Akanksha Datta, blogger & columnist
Fallen in love with this book!
Kuriyan's illustrations are as always so impeccably detailed and flavoursome that every reading feels revelatory. It's a story full of humour, nostalgia and family, three things that any reader will find hard to resist! Bookistaan Children's Bookstore
Furthering a child's visual literacy
Priya Kuriyan's Ammachi's Glasses deserves to be a part of every school and home library. Set in Kerala, it is the story of an old woman who cannot find her glasses and the series of mishaps that occur as a result. Wordless books - we wish there were more of them - are excellent for furthering a child's visual literacy and in that regard, this is the perfect choice. @lightroombookstore
A hilarious, action-packed picture book about Ammachi’s day without her glasses. Without using any words at all, Priya Kuriyan tells a splendid story. Goodbooks.in
When words aren't needed
Each page of Ammachi's Glasses is filled with detail and visual humour, drama and suspense: What will Ammachi do next as she stumbles along without her glasses? ... While the title might refer to Ammachi, the heroine could as well be Nani, Baa, Paati or Bamma. — Mint Lounge