When I received this book , quite by chance, I was indeed surprised and delighted. As someone who delights in creative writing and spinning a yarn, this book is a gold mine!!
The book is a collection of 40 colourful, varied and detailed images in different styles by a group of super talented artists. The logic is simple.. Flip through the book, pick any picture as a starting point and there you have it.. a surefire way to get children’s creative juices flowing and imagination running wild.
The book begins with a valuable guide by Santhini Govindan sharing a myriad of ways to use the book from being a great conversation starter for a toddler, to a story building group activity to asking leading questions in a creative writing class, like pulling the child’s attention to the environment or the emotions of the characters, poetry possibilities to even as a drawing tool!
Oh.. what a treasure waits for you ahead! The quality of this collection of pictures is simply outstanding! Let me go through some of our experiences with these.
Alankrita Jain’s intriguing illustrations , Toon girl on a potted plant reminded a five year old of a Thumbelina-esque adventure and had me thinking up a shrinking potion. Lost in the market lead to one mystery adventure with an Indian mystic who had made the village temple disappear!
Ameya Narvankar ‘s Indie takes flight held promises of a full series of travel diaries of a mystery cat. My seven year old brother is contemplating whether this cat should meet Geronimo in one of his adventures!
Ashok Rajagopalan ‘s illustrations, one of our favourites since “Gajapati Kulapati” presented us with a great range of themes from a The squirrel’s camera to The baby’s puddle and a Spaceship above the sea
Nancy Raj ‘s creations The girl and the tambourine and The monkey and the flute seller had us marvelling at the colourful art and coming up with different stories , funny situations and interesting songs while Brown cat prowls had us scratching our heads to come up with a feline problem
Partha Sengupta‘s The empty box gave me a chance to tell the story of Pandora’s box to my brother (warning him not to open my boxes…but I digress), a fairy hiding the corner or a mystery note asking her to follow the treasure map! The Ghost in the turret explores the possibilities of a fun entry into the horror or just a silly prank !
Shruti Kabo‘ Fossil opened up the the journey to the dear world of the dinosaurs while the Book Reading Monster reminded my brother of Dr Seuss’s Horton hears a Hoo as he created a small world that lived on the monster that he was unaware of at first!…
Soniya Bhase’s intriguing The pink and green family and Grandpa and his green forest started some more serious thought provoking talks on teen trouble that resonated with me and environmental concerns
Zainab Tambawalla ‘s vivid Grandma and the tiger was one of the illustrations that caught our attention right away. Who can stay away from the tale of a Grandma who seemed so energetic and vibrant, almost dancing that too with a tiger!
As you can see, the possibilities are endless, just sitting down even while you are waiting in an airport or travelling in car, this book had a potential to transport you in a new storyland! In today’s age where people are often looking for ready to use boxes and helper words sets and a fixed set of questions , I really love that the author has simply done a splendid job of presenting a collection of mind blowing images and then left a white space for the creativity to bloom.
The only little thing the doodler in me would have loved is the illustrator’s name at the bottom of each image.
Thank You Shyamala Shanmugasundaram for this innovative and superbly illustrated treat!
You can buy this book here on Amazon