THAKITTA THARIKITTA BOUNCING BALL

Rhythmic text that bounces along

Thakitta tharikitta Bouncing Ball. Those are Indian dance words used to describe the ball that bounces through the pages. It is the adventures of the ball as it travels to many places, and the adventure of the boy who lost it after the first bounce.

I drew fast paced illustrations to keep time with the text's rhythm. Happily distorted figures to suit the dynamics of dance! Also included little figures along the bottom of each page, a kind of visual allusion to musical notes. The best picture books happen when text and visuals dance in harmony, as they do here. Text and picture should be complementary, not confrontational or repetitive. The former is disturbing while the latter is boring. And the child should have a good time with the book, that's paramount!

This book was originally written in Malayalam by Jacob Samson Muttada but it has been translated so wonderfully to English and many other languages!

Best read aloud to the little members of your family or class.


I have illustrated about 20 books for Tulika, and this book is one of my favourites. I illustrated the pictures using ArtRage, a software that gives pictures a remarkably hand-done effect. And a digital tablet, of course.

THAKITTA THARIKITTA BOUNCING BALL

originally in Malayalam by Jacob Samson Muttada

Illustrations Ashok Rajagopalan

16 pages, 6.75” x 9”,full colour, soft cover, for 3 years and above

Available in English and

Hindi

Tamil

Malayalam

Kannada

Telugu

Bangla

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Cheryl Regina 8 years ago

wooowh!!! Fascinating moves!


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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai Author

Thank you, Cheryl, for that great reaction!


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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai Author

And sweet comment, Vishenda!


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RFox 8 years ago

Your illustrations are wonderful! And it's impressive that the books are available in so many different languages. Kudos to you. Great work!


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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai Author

Oh, thank you Rachelle! My head's swelling like Elmer Fudd's!


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SunSeven 8 years ago from Singapore / India

The title reminded me of an old favorite 'thakitta thakadhimi thillana!"

Warm Regards


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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai Author

Welcome, SunSeven and thanks for the dancing comment!

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