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The Ammuchi Puchi Paperback – 23 May 2018
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Sharanya Manivannan's beautiful story will help sensitive children from the world over make friends with loss, and Nerina Canzi's colour-drenched, jewel-like illustrations bring this tale of grandmothers, families and a very special butterfly to radiant life. The Ammuchi Puchi will take children, and adults, of all ages, on an unforgettable, sweet-sad journey from grey back into a world of glorious colour. (Nilanajana Roy, award-winning author of The Wildings)
About the Author
Sharanya Manivannan is an award-winning writer based in India. Her fiction, poetry and essays have been widely published internationally, and she was specially commissioned to write and perform a poem at the 2015 Commonwealth Day Observance in London in front of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Ammuchi Puchi is Sharanya's first picture book. Her recent books for adults include The High Priestess Never Marries and The Altar of the Only World. You can find out more about Sharanya on her website: www.sharanyamanivannan.wordpress.com.
Nerina Canzi is an award-winning Argentinian illustrator with a degree from National School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires. Nerina has illustrated for publishing houses around the world and lived and worked in Italy, Spain and Argentina. In 2015, she won the prestigious Premio Nacional y Latinoamericano de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil award (The National and Latin American Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature) and was selected for the VI Salón de Ilustración IMAGENPALABRA (The Sixth Illustration Exhibition by IMAGENPALABRA) in Colombia. You can find out more about Nerina on her website: www.nerinacanzi.com.
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‘The Ammuchi Puchi’ teaches us not to cork up beliefs and feelings. At times, it is this belief that helps us move on and look out for the silver lining in every dark cloud.
The illustrations form the key feature of the book. Kudos to the artist who has presented such immaculate and colourful pictures.The main character of the story is Aditya who is quite mature for his age. He is sensible but is misunderstood by his parents. His personality is relatable because, at a tender age of 9-10, children tend to wander in a world of their own. There are things that they believe are true but it takes a lot of convincing and adequate evidence to get the elders to believe them.
Though this story is fictitious, yet the essence is meaningful. But this book for its vibrant pictures and lessons for life.
The first thing that grabbed my eye with this book was it’s illustrations and the cover itself – and when I started reading it, it was the illustrations that had me falling in love with the story itself.
The author narrates the story from the POV of Aditya – about his grandmother, Ammuchi, favourite of him and his sister, Anjali. The grandmother who adored them rigt back and scare them with ghost stories. Ammuchi is their adored grandmother, without whom they can’t seem to imagine their lives.
But when she passes away on Aditya’s 10th birthday; it becomes difficult for the family to understand and deal with their grief – but it is when they have a mystical experience; is when they start on their healing journey!
This is a perfect book for children; (or even adults!) – teaches them the important lessons of life and understanding how grief is a part of life; and is a definite recommendation for children and parents who want to open a dialogue with their kids about the grief of loosing someone close to them.
Death has always seemed cruel. Forcefully snatching away the person of our adoration. And maybe for the same reason this book plays with my anxiety.
Death becomes an even more vulnerable topic when we need to teach our children to deal with it. So trust me these little illustrated books have far reaching influence and implications.
I believe that it has a very important lesson to teach and impact to put on them.
The Ammuchi Puchi is a definite recommendation from me!
The author has used the context of the book as well the beautiful illustrations to address grief. In this story, written in first person from Aditya’s point of view, the author has tried to make children understand and come to terms with the loss of a beloved family member.
A very well written book in simple English with excellent illustrations is one book that every child should read and also every adult.
“When Anjali and I were really little, we were sort of afraid of our grandmother, Ammuchi.”
Anjali and Aditya shares a beautiful bond with their grandmother. She narrates ghost stories which they love listening to, although it frightens them. But one day, she falls sick and passes away. Tears seem endless and the stories cease to have their meanings. However, something strange occurs, and the siblings realise that their grandmother might be still with them after all.
“The Ammuchi Puchi” recounts the tale of two little children and the relationship with their beloved grandmother that transcends death, magic and philosophy.
The description of minute aspects of the story along with the illustrations depicting the same, establish powerful images in the reader’s mind. Perfect for children, the tale is moving because it overflows with personal elements. The relationship between the siblings and their grandmother evoke feelings of nostalgia. Beautifully portrayed, the book is filled with effervescent illustrations of the various events from the story. They are detailed and vibrant, with the colours embossing in our minds about how the characters should be perceived. It will help develop the imagination of the young readers, no wonder making the book a perfect read for them. A story filled with hope, it makes you believe in the supernatural, and that the world could be a better place with a little bit of magic and hope.
About the Cover
The flamboyancy of the cover speaks volumes about the book. Illustrated by Nerina Canzi, the cover is a perfect description of the story the book narrates. The mango trees, the flowers in the little girl’s hair, and the element of green add to the milieu of rural South India depicted. It contains all the important details, thus summarising the entire story into one beautiful picture.