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The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow

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Pixar animator Sanjay Patel presents the major gods and goddesses of Hinduism in a colorful and friendly form, perfect for kids interested in other cultures or mythologies. For example, previously I associated Kali with the Temple of Doom and the sacrificing of hearts, but with this book I learned that the goddess represents time and death.
Recommended by Morgan R., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

In The Little Book of Hindu Deities, Pixar animator Sanjay Patel brings to life Hinduism’s most important gods and goddesses in fun, full-color illustrations, each accompanied by a short, lively profile. The stories of Hindu mythology cover everything from love and jealousy to petty grievances and epic battles, with characters ranging from monsters and demons to noble warriors and divine divas. Find out why Ganesha has an elephant’s head (his father cut it off!) and why Kali, the Goddess of Time, is known as “The Black One” (she’s a bit goth).

Review:

"Don't mess with Kali, cautions Patel on the opening page of this arresting, innovative, entertaining book. Who knew the Hindu pantheon could be so much fun? Patel, an animator at Pixar studios, breathes new life into old mythology, telling the exploits of various deities while drawing us in — literally — with his joyous and unexpected full-color illustrations. In the introduction, he notes that he has always been influenced by Japanese animation, and his renderings bear the mark of the wide-eyed, large-headed, simple style that he so admires. The book is awash in color, with vivid saffrons, purples, fuchsias and oranges adding a lushness to the tales he recounts. Although some of the design work is too trendy to last — to wit, the oversized green and yellow polka dots that decorate some interstitial pages — it is precisely that faddish nod to the au courant that will make the book popular with teens and 20-somethings, who are the core audience ('Next time you're angry with your parents, don't turn into a monster,' Patel jokes after introducing us to Bhairava, a vengeful incarnation of Shiva). Both funny and informative, this is a fresh and breezy introduction to the Hindu gods." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Sanjay Patel is an animator and storyboard artist for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has worked on features that include Monsters, Inc., A Bugs Life; Toy Story 2; and The Incredibles. He has also worked on The Simpsons for Fox and with legendary cartoonist John K., creator of Ren and Stimpy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452287754
Author:
Patel, Sanjay
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Gods, Hindu, in art.
Subject:
Goddesses, Hindu, in art.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - General
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Goddesses, hindu
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color illustrations throughout
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.24x6.32x.39 in. .52 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 144 pages Plume Books - English 9780452287754 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Pixar animator Sanjay Patel presents the major gods and goddesses of Hinduism in a colorful and friendly form, perfect for kids interested in other cultures or mythologies. For example, previously I associated Kali with the Temple of Doom and the sacrificing of hearts, but with this book I learned that the goddess represents time and death.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Don't mess with Kali, cautions Patel on the opening page of this arresting, innovative, entertaining book. Who knew the Hindu pantheon could be so much fun? Patel, an animator at Pixar studios, breathes new life into old mythology, telling the exploits of various deities while drawing us in — literally — with his joyous and unexpected full-color illustrations. In the introduction, he notes that he has always been influenced by Japanese animation, and his renderings bear the mark of the wide-eyed, large-headed, simple style that he so admires. The book is awash in color, with vivid saffrons, purples, fuchsias and oranges adding a lushness to the tales he recounts. Although some of the design work is too trendy to last — to wit, the oversized green and yellow polka dots that decorate some interstitial pages — it is precisely that faddish nod to the au courant that will make the book popular with teens and 20-somethings, who are the core audience ('Next time you're angry with your parents, don't turn into a monster,' Patel jokes after introducing us to Bhairava, a vengeful incarnation of Shiva). Both funny and informative, this is a fresh and breezy introduction to the Hindu gods." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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