Monday, December 16, 2013

In retrospect: Tulika titles 2013

A quick peek at all the Tulika titles that were published in 2013


“a thoroughly unique set of books that have neither any words nor any limits on the number of stories a parent or child can come up with…”
Parinita Shetty

LET'S GO! by Anthara Mohan and pictures by Rajiv Eipe

“Let’s Go! works at so many levels – the child learns to identify vehicles (the difference between a scooter and a motorbike, for instance), figure out public/private transport, count, absorb different movement verbs, take in different types of bodies and I’m sure unravel a lot more as we read it again and again.”
Sowmya Rajendran

TSOMO AND THE MOMO by Niveditha Subramaniam

A delightful story about the delectable momo, that flavour-filled savoury that travelled to India from Tibet, Nepal and beyond. Now you too can relish it with Tsomo in a mouthwatering story in which the steaming hot momo comes appetisingly alive! Watercolour pencil illustrations softened with subtle brushstrokes conjure up scenes sure to tickle the tastebuds, satisfy hunger pangs and stir up a song.

MINU AND HER HAIR by Gayatri Bashi

A bird's nest? A cow with two horns? No, it's Minu's hair and she does NOT like it! Pictures give Minu's hair a tactile feel as it spills wildly through the pages.

RAINDROPS by Vaishali Shroff and pictures by Ruchi Mhasane

“The simple, unassuming style of writing instantly caught my attention. Short and crisp lines make reading aloud a pleasure. Soaked in soft watercolours page after page, with pictures depicting rainy day delights… “
Praba Ram

LITTLE LAALI by Alankrita Jain

“A great book to talk to kids about the simpler concepts of big and small, and the more difficult ones like perspectives, real and imagined and positivity.”
Richa Jha

ROOSTER RAGA by Natasha Sharma and pictures by Priya Kuriyan

Every time Ruru rooster opens his mouth he has a new tune but not the kukaroo-kuroo of the other roosters. His friends skip and stretch, stamp and roll and try to teach him. This cheery, foot-tapping story invites big and little readers to move and sing, clap and tap along with Priya Kuriyan’s expressive characters.
Read aloud and sing along with Jeeva Aunty in English and Tamil, make your own rooster plumes and an origami rooster!

 WHEN I GROW UP by Annie Besant and pictures by Anushree Bhat

"Each time Appu cooks up a cherished vocation, his best friend Lola is there to knock him off his flight of fancy with some sound reasoning to boot! It makes you smile, the way the two argue, fight, and then come back together to the one comforting constant that gives them happiness… each other.”
Richa Jha

RANGANNA by Arthi Anand Navaneeth and pictures by Kavita Singh Kale

“Arthi’s tale, ably enhanced by Kavita Singh Kale’s multi colored brush strokes, brings the tale to a warm and fulfilling finish. From beginning to end, Ranganna maintains the comforting lilt and tone of a bed time tale.”

CATCH THAT CAT! by Tharini Viswanath and pictures by Nancy Raj

“Yes, Dip Dip needs help — she is no super-kid — but that should not take anything away from what she wants to or how she wants to do it. She is another naughty, tousled-haired kid. She is the kid you chide for teasing friends, breaking a window pane, and well, going after a cat. Tharini Viswanath picks the right words to tell you that, and Nancy Raj captures the exuberance of the story in her expressive illustrations.”
Geeta Padmanabhan

THE 13TH RIDDLE by Nadine D'Souza and illustrations by Ajanta Guhathakurta

“This subtle positive reference to a number, that is in general considered unlucky by so many people around the world, impressed me.”
Ranjani Satish


"The best part is that the question and answer format has a very encouraging, collaborative tone throughout the book. Never does the author pretend to be an expert and that makes the script so much more credible… The coloured visuals, some effectively spanning two pages, beautifully complement the text - which is free of jargon and not burdened by information."
Rachna Maneesh-Dhir

NABIYA by Chatura Rao and illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane

A sensitively told story about a spirited young girl, who likes football as much as she likes storybooks, is based on the author’s own experience. Using a collage of colours, textures and drawings, the illustrations evoke Nabiya’s everyday world and her journey into the world of words.   

THE MAGICAL FISH by Chandrakala Jagat and pictures by Gond artist Shankunlata Kushram

"The fear that accompanies a move, the imminent threat of the unknown and the need for survival are highlighted by the fish’s concerns at being asked to move out of the lake… The art is in typical Gond style and very colourful with some unexpected touches."
Arthi Anand Navaneeth

JAGADISH AND THE TALKING PLANT by Swati Shome and pictures Anushree Bhat

In this first-of-its-kind comic book, the maverick scientist’s journey is imagined through the eyes of Mimosa Pudica — the ‘touch-me-not’ plant he used extensively in his research. Extracts from a well-known speech and an entry from Bose’s own journal offer a direct glimpse into a fascinating mind. A crisp timeline gives an overview of his life, while humorous asides and quick facts pack in a punch.

BIJOY AND THE BIG RIVER by Meera Sriram and Praba Ram

"a welcome addition by Tulika books, as this part of our country is vastly under-represented in children's literature.”
Sandhya Renukamba


“…marked by adventure and unpredictable endings… The book also comes with nuggets of interesting facts.”
Sravasti Datta

MOSTLY MADLY MAYIL by Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran

“…head and shoulders above the flippant, ha-ha diary publications that are again quite a fad ... Yes, it’s humorous and easy to read, but it deals in a much more authentic way with growing up issues and is unflinching for a pre-YA book.”
Ken Spillman on Mayil Will Not Be Quiet!" I loved the fact that the book doesn’t make a heroine out of Mayil. She has her faults, and yet she writes in such an endearing manner."
R's mom-blogger

WATCH OUT! by Shamim Padamsee and pictures by Ajanta Guhathakurta

"...the text contains action words like, “Let’s play”, “Let’s pounce”, “Let’s drink” or “Let’s roll" making children instantly connect with the histrionics of these playful cubs."
Rituparna Ghosh

BALU'S BASKET by Chitra Soundar and pictures by Uttara Sivadas

One day Balu finds a basket. What does he do with it? Bright, clean pictures create a cheerful backdrop for this fruit-filled book.

THE RED UMBRELLA by Nandini Nayar and pictures by Soumya Menon

Drip, drip, drip! It’s raining. What happens when seven animals have to share one small umbrella? Cheery pictures liven up this old folktale about sharing retold with a twist.

WHERE DID IT GO? by Nandini Nayar and pictures by Sreeja Basu

What did Kabir find and where did it go? Will he find it again? The simple text is accompanied by graphic pictures lending an interactive dimension to this lost-and-found story. Pictures match clues in the text offering many everyday objects for children to identify as they wander with Kabir through the pages.


WE ARE DIFFERENT! by Manjula Padhmanabhan

There are many chickens, ants, pots, snails... that are different. The smart verse says how many- but which, and how? Spotting odd ones out goes to the next merry level where it's fun to find what's different.

READ ALOUD STORIES edited by Priya Krishnan and Deeya Nayar

Fifteen stories and poems especially for reading aloud, by some of India's more talented writers. Sounds, repetition and drama add fun to the interactive experience of storytelling, reading and listening, and develop language skills in young children.

JUNIOR KUMBAKARNA by Arundhati Venkatesh and pictures by Shreya Sen


Kukku falls asleep to his favourite story about the giant Kumbhakarna who sleeps non-stop for six months. A lively retelling of an episode from the Ramayana with rib-tickling pictures.

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