A little girl spills, drops, breaks, trips on things. She is called Clumsy, Slowcoach, Careless... words that scare away all other words. But in her head, words become stories and stories, pictures. With a box of paints and a brush, she sweeps herself away from the names people call her! Vivid watercolours lift her from her everyday milieu into a swirl of...
"Come in for a haircut!You choose... We cut!" says the sign outside a hair cutting saloon, so a lion walks in to do just that. But where is everyone? And who are these other lions staring at him?
There isn't a drop of water in the village. The desperate people set off to find a badwa who can ask the gods to send rain. And what does he tell them to do? Go home and paint! An origin story about Bhil art with stunning illustrations in the traditional pithora style.
The life of an extraordinary man, whose questioning ‘why's led him to fight untouchability, urge Dalits to protest against the inhumanity they suffered — and finally, to help draft the Indian Constitution that would ensure equality for all. Visualised with quirky imagination, this is a story that will raise the awareness of children, and make them ask...
When the lights go off at the cave temples, it is quiet little Kanna who coolly leads everyone to safety. Light or no light, it makes no difference because he can't see anyway. A joyous story that inverts the notion of ‘disability' and portrays a child for whom having a visual impairment is just the way he is — and even a chance to have some fun!
Little Malathi wants to run after hens and chicks, and catch ripe yellow mangoes as they fall — but how can she, on a wheelchair? Moments and experiences from the remarkable life of disabled athlete Malathi Holla, with energetic illustrations full of warmth and cheer.
Little Tsomo eats a big, steaming hot momo. And then? A mouthwatering story with watercolour pencil illustrations that conjure up the delicious savoury, and tickle tastebuds.
Bulbuli lives in a bamboo house in a bamboo grove, busy in her bamboo world... Told in a rhythmic, cumulative style, this evocative story spotlights bamboo to make a green statement simply and charmingly.
A majestic elephant protects the forest from timber traders, tree cutters and poachers. One day, the Forest Department receives orders to hunt the elephant down. An absorbing read based on true events, it highlights the complex cause of conservation.
Resulting from an interaction between Indian and Swedish writers and illustrators, this story explores what happens when someone goes missing — perhaps forever? The mood-filled pictures take the story forward.
Minimal text and lively illustrations with an edge of drama skillfully introduce young readers to the fact that those we see as predators can be under threat themselves.
Little Lai-Lai is curious but stays close to his mother. The world of wild elephants is explored through stunning photographs and informative text, with lovable elephant cartoons.
Help! cries the ant when its little one falls into the water. Crokk! Isspiss! Aaaanh! Cheek! Miyawwwwn! Woaw! come the responses in this folktale that plays with sound.
Drums beating, cymbals clashing, trumpets blowing… the town of Puri by the sea is festive. It is the day of the temple Ratha Jatra and Pria wonders why the idols of Jagannatha, Subhadra and Balabhadra are unlike any other gods she has seen. Some say that’s how Jagannatha looked when he lived deep in the forest, her grandmother tells her. And so starts...
Storytellers Pappuram and Kojaram have their own stories about why Ganesha is worshipped first. They open their kaavads, the storytelling boxes, and begin — and finally realise that the stories may be different, but they're essentially still the same! A comment on the nature of myths.
A hilarious true story of a cow with fierce eyes and a furious appetite, who chomps on textbooks, clothes and anything blue — till she gets a taste of ilish fish! Vivid photo collages are offset by light doodles in an unusual rendering.