Whackylicious — a book for and by children
Aparna Raman of Timbuktoo Young Authors Publishing lets her charges’ creativity run wild, on paper. A product of her creative writing workshops, the publishing house’s second anthology, Whackylicious, is just that — whacky, outlandish and quirky.
A total of 15 children, aged between five to 12, put pen to paper to paint pictures with their words, for like-minded peers. The book includes poems, stories and essays and topics are varied and totally whimsical with some of the titles of chapters including The Person I’d Like To Meet, The Sapphire Thief, Bang Bang The Nightingale Sang, Why Planets Circle The Sun, What If The World Was Upside Down, If Yellow Was A Letter and The Crocodile Who Went Shopping. The collection deals with themes like humour, mystery, and fantasy, often breathing new life into the mundane through childish observations and vivid descriptions.
The book is colourful and pictorial with the graphic design done by Aseem Gautam. The fun illustrations are by Kavita Arvind, a faculty member at Srishti School of Art Design and Technology. So if the words don’t get kids’ attention, the design definitely will. Released at Atta Galatta by Vikram Sridhar last week, the book will be available at Lightroom Bookstore from December 6. Details: timbuktoopublishing.com