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Ganesha's Sweet Tooth

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ISBN13: 9781452103624
ISBN10: 1452103623
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The bold, bright colors of India leap right off the page in this fresh and funny picture book retelling (with a twist) of how Ganesha came to help write the epic poem of Hindu literature, the Mahabharata. Ganesha is just like any other kid, except that he has the head of an elephant and rides around on a magical mouse. And he loves sweets, especially the traditional dessert laddoo. But when Ganesha insists on biting into a super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo, his tusk breaks off! Ganesha is terribly upset, but with the help of the wise poet Vyasa, and his friend Mr. Mouse, he learns that what seems broken can actually be quite useful after all. With vibrant, graphic illustrations, expressive characters, and offbeat humor, this is a wonderfully inventive rendition of a classic tale.

Review:

"'Ganesha is a Hindu god. He's very important and powerful. And a tad chubby,' begins this stylish take on a classic tale from Indian mythology. Patel's artwork has a candy-colored palette that befits the subject matter, and he merges traditional Hindu iconography with decidedly contemporary influences: the book's eye-popping jewel tones, dots, and geometric patterns nod to the graphic design work of Saul Bass and Maurice Binder's title sequences for films like Charade and Dr. No. As a young god, Ganesha enjoys dancing, playing cricket, skipping rope, and — most of all — sweets. When Ganesha spies a tempting 'super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo,' his best friend, Mr. Mouse, warns him that it will surely break his tusk. 'But I'm a god,' Ganesha replies. 'I'm invincible.' Sure enough, his tusk breaks, leading to an encounter with the poet Vyasa, who persuades Ganesha to write the 100,000-verse long Mahabharata using his tusk as a pen. Though the story's ending fizzles, Patel and Hynes have created a fresh and comedic introduction to a Hindu legend, with a winning combination of both eye candy and actual candy. Ages 4 — 8. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Sanjay Patel is an animator and storyboard artist for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has worked on many features including A Bug's Life, Ratatouille, and the Cars series. Sanjay is also the creator of Ramayana: Divine Loophole, The Big Poster Book of Hindu Deities, and The Little Book of Hindu Deities. His modern interpretations of Hindu epics have been exhibited at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. He lives in Oakland, California.

Emily Haynes is an editor by day, specializing in entertainment and humor titles, and a children's writer by night. In her spare time she can often be found up to her elbows in clay, making functional ceramics. This is her first children's book. She lives in Oakland, California.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Ganesha is a Hindu god who can’t get enough sweets. His love of candy leads to tragedy when he breaks a tusk on a jawbreaker. Ganesha despairs about his strange looks until the poet Vyasa finds a purpose for the broken tusk: writing down the long story of the Mahabharata.

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth, which was written by Emily Haynes and illustrated by Sanjay Patel, is an explosion of color and images that will keep your kids searching the drawings for subtle clues to the story as they turn the pages.

Patel is an animator for Pixar Animation Studios, and has worked on films such as A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and Ratatouille. His illustrations of fun-loving Ganesha as a child who loves sweets, will surely strike a chord with youngsters who like to eat sweets too. While the story of Ganesha and Vyasa is a classic tale from India, here it’s reimagined with a young Ganesha who has a friend, Mr. Mouse.

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth is so much fun you’ll want to read it again and again. A pronunciation guide in the back helps with a few unfamiliar words. I recommend it for ages 4 and up.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781452103624
Author:
Patel, Sanjay
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (CA)
Author:
Haynes, Emily
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
10.5 x 10 x 0.5 in 1.01 lb
Age Level:
from 4 up to 8

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Product details 40 pages Chronicle Books (CA) - English 9781452103624 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Ganesha is a Hindu god. He's very important and powerful. And a tad chubby,' begins this stylish take on a classic tale from Indian mythology. Patel's artwork has a candy-colored palette that befits the subject matter, and he merges traditional Hindu iconography with decidedly contemporary influences: the book's eye-popping jewel tones, dots, and geometric patterns nod to the graphic design work of Saul Bass and Maurice Binder's title sequences for films like Charade and Dr. No. As a young god, Ganesha enjoys dancing, playing cricket, skipping rope, and — most of all — sweets. When Ganesha spies a tempting 'super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo,' his best friend, Mr. Mouse, warns him that it will surely break his tusk. 'But I'm a god,' Ganesha replies. 'I'm invincible.' Sure enough, his tusk breaks, leading to an encounter with the poet Vyasa, who persuades Ganesha to write the 100,000-verse long Mahabharata using his tusk as a pen. Though the story's ending fizzles, Patel and Hynes have created a fresh and comedic introduction to a Hindu legend, with a winning combination of both eye candy and actual candy. Ages 4 — 8. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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