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Ganesha's Sweet Tooth Hardcover – 1 Oct 2012
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"A confectioner's palette... strong shapes and a mix of modern objects with traditional designs add to the fun." - Kirkus Reviews
"Two traditional events in the life of the Hindu god Ganesha are imaginatively recast" - School Library Journal
"A classic Hindu tale gets an artful interpretation in this piece of eye candy" - Daily Candy Kids
"A feast for the eyes... So sweet we almost want to pop it in our mouths." - EntertainmentWeekly.com
"A fresh and comedic introduction to a Hindu legend, with a winning combination of both eye candy and actual candy." - Publishers Weekly
"Zesty and original... Pink elephants haven't looked this good since 'Dumbo'" - The New York Times
"The wordless two-page spreads retelling the ancient epic Sanskrit poem, Mahabharata is a masterpiece." - Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word
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 Cars 2. Sanjay is also the creator of The Big Poster Book of Hindu Deities. His modern interpretations of Hindu epics have also been displayed in a solo exhibit at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.
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Coming to the story - I found myself ‘smiling out loud’ (if that is a thing) as I followed this kid-friendly adaptation of the story of the Hindu God Ganesha, and how he came to write the Mahabharata (the great Hindu epic). This re-imagination does take certain liberties with the tale of Ganesha, to appeal to the younger audience, I guess, and I am usually wary of books that alter religious/historical myths, but I did not mind this story one bit - it is funny, charming and mystical. And at any rate, I don’t think I am quite ready to tell my 4 year old MY version of this tale, so you see, this works - for now at-least. (For those interested - There are a few versions of exactly how Ganesha's tusk got broken, and there is no saying which one is the "real" version. One version is offered by the author at the end of the book.)
But the thing I LOVED about this book ( and this might be my particular situation only) - is that I can read the ENTIRE BOOK to my son UNDER 10 MINUTES and HOLD HIS ATTENTION for all of that time. This is a big deal for me. My son is very easily distracted, and while he loves story-time before bed-time, he usually dances around as he listens. It is very difficult to get him to sit still. And it drives me nuts!
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The writers have taken some artistic licence with the story, taking the legend of how Ganesha broke his tusk and reinventing it in playful way that keeps it relevant and makes it approachable to modern day kids of any faith. I love the fact that the book acknowledges this within its last pages - I think this insertion will be very informative for older readers.
A few of my Indian colleges in work recognised the story and thought it beautifully illustrated and close to the original Indian story, but in English.
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