World Book Day 2017: Asha Nehemiah

We asked our authors to write about a favourite book, which they think more people should read.
Asha Nehemiah is the author of several books for children. She has also written a hOle book: Trouble with Magic.

Ammachi’s Amazing Machines written and illustrated by Rajiv Eipe features an irresistible, resourceful grandmother. One who tucks a spatula along with a hammer and spanner into the tool belt she wears around her waist and finds new uses for the most mundane objects. So when her grandson Sooraj requests his favourite coconut barfi and there are no coconuts at home, nothing can stop Ammachi from plucking coconuts straight off the tree. A couple of old tyres, a plank of wood, a sari, and a pulley make this possible. Simple machines are featured on every page– some created by Ammachi herself.

A wonderful melding of concept, illustration and words by this talented young illustrator, I’m waiting eagerly for the paper version of this digital book. (Currently available on Pratham’s Storyweaver website).
The other book I would like to mention is Gachar Gochar by Vivek Shanbhag , (evocatively translated by Srinath Perur), a finely crafted, powerful book.
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