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My books: Sunu-Sunu Snail - Storm in the Garden

Updated on November 25, 2012
One of the inside pages lovingly illustrated by me!
One of the inside pages lovingly illustrated by me!

Storm from a snail's perspective

Sunu-sunu the snail and his friends, the ants play in the garden when they are startled by an approaching storm. Sunu-sunu hurries home to his mother lest she worries. He relates what happened - the lightning, the thunder, wind and rain from his own perspective. The author, Sandhya Rao, has used unique 'sound-words' that increase the fun, mood and drama.

My pictures dance to the rhythm of the text, creating a harmonious invitation to the story. The media I employed were watercolours, pencils and a bit of fun!

Available in English and:

Tamil

Hindi

Malayalam

Kannada

Telugu

Marathi

Gujarati

A secret bonus!

There's a little element I added to the cover design to make the book more fun. If you stand the book with covers folded in as shown in the photo, you get an almost three-dimensional corner of the wall the snail travels along. I remembered how I used to not just read, but also play with my books, and wanted to add a bonus to readers who do that.

You can use the book as a garden corner backdrop when playing with toys. Have fun, readers!

A book from Tulika Publishers, India

Sunu-sunu snail

STORM IN THE GARDEN

by Sandhya Rao, art Ashok Rajagopalan

24 pages, 6.75” x 9”, full colour, soft cover, for 3-6 years

Rs 70.00 (within India) US$ 4.00 (outside India)

Available at many online bookstores and at the Tulika Publishers site.

Tulika is a publishing house based in India and produces quality books for children of all ages. In their own words:

"Our focus is to give children images of India we would like them to grow up with; images that go on to show how all parts of this world come together to make it a diverse and dynamic whole, a changing yet changeless continuum. Tulika's publishing programme, therefore, involves and draws inspiration from writers and illustrators sensitive to these issues."

www.tulikabooks.com

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    • Kenny Wordsmith profile image
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      Ashok Rajagopalan 8 years ago from Chennai

      Sorry, friends was away and saw the comments only today.

      Thank you, Rochelle, you are very kind. You make me feel so proud! :)

      Patty, how are you? Thanks. The book is a success. You are gentle and vibrant, and colourful too, so no surprise a comment like that! :)

       

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      The book and illustrations are sure to be a big success. I like the gentle, though vibrant tones of colors.

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      Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

      Your book looks absolutly charming-- glad I found this.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Frank, that's a commited compliment! Thank you. The publisher reprints the book every year. I'll ask them if you are interested. I'll email you details too. Great show!

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Hi Kenny,

      Serious Question.

      Have you any copies left to sell.I would love to promote them Please.

      Let me know if you are interested. I have sold books throughout the world and to many countries.

      I want yours, please.

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile image
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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Yes, touch wood!

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      Tony 9 years ago from London UK

      Fingers crossed;)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile image
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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Good day, Compu-smart!

      Thank you, but no, not so far: maybe someone will do it soon, as you kindly wish! 

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      Tony 9 years ago from London UK

      Good-day Kenny, I just want to echo the comments above;)

      You are a very talented young. i wonder, Have you done any TV work? I think you could bring your stories/education to life within that media Film/cartoon/docu! That's if you haven't already!

      ;)

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Cheryl, thank you again!

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      Cheryl Regina 9 years ago

      You have vivid imaginations and that is a gift!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Trakker, thank you for the appreciation.

      Please take your manuscripts to publishers.

      A writer can approach pubishers without illustrations as most

      publishers would like to commision illustrations from their own panel.

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      trakker14 9 years ago from franklin

      excellent work, I also write childrens books but cannot find an illustrator so they sit on my desk.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Sukritha, almost all of Tulika's books are available in many Indian languages. They do great service to children's literature that way.

      Thank you very much for the appreciation and regards!

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      sukritha 9 years ago from Cochin

      Hapy to hear that your Books are also in Malayalam. I am a Malayali Great person you are Kenny

      Regards

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, Charlotte!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Zsuzsy, delighted to hear that your sidekicks would like the book! This book was published in 2001 or so, and can be ordered from tulikabooks.com and other online stores like biblio.com. I asked Tulika, but they don't have a physical presence in Canada.

      Thanks a heap!

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      Kiz 9 years ago from Antioch, TN

      Fabulous drawings Kenny!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you Ulises, I am still a 6 year old that way: I love books with beautiful drawings too!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Kenny! Congratulations on a fabulous looking story book. Can you tell me when will it be available in Canada, or do you know yet? I hope before Christmas. My sidekicks are almost three and just over six.

      Congrats again

      regards Zsuzsy

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      ulises 9 years ago

      it looks great! nice work. I have a 6 year old sister and she loves books with beautiful drawings

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Good Morning, Isabella! Oh, wow, that was fast! Thank you for calling my book gorgeous! And for the wishes! :D

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      Isabella Snow 9 years ago

      Kenny! It's gorgeous! Very nice! Wishing y'all many sales! :)