Synopses & Reviews
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.
"'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.
"A classic Hindu tale gets an artful interpretation in this piece of eye candy" - Daily Candy Kids
"Zesty and original... Pink elephants haven't looked this good since 'Dumbo'" - The New York Times
"Two traditional events in the life of the Hindu god Ganesha are imaginatively recast" - School Library Journal
"The wordless two-page spreads retelling the ancient epic Sanskrit poem, Mahabharata is a masterpiece." - Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word
"A fresh and comedic introduction to a Hindu legend, with a winning combination of both eye candy and actual candy." - Publishers Weekly
"A feast for the eyes... So sweet we almost want to pop it in our mouths." - EntertainmentWeekly.com
"A confectioner's palette... strong shapes and a mix of modern objects with traditional designs add to the fun." - Kirkus Reviews
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
, 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.