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THAKITTA THARIKITTA BOUNCING BALL

Updated on November 25, 2012

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.

More of my books :)

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 9 years ago

      wooowh!!! Fascinating moves!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, Cheryl, for that great reaction!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      And sweet comment, Vishenda!

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      RFox 9 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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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

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

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      SunSeven 9 years ago from Singapore / India

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

      Warm Regards

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Welcome, SunSeven and thanks for the dancing comment!

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