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Junior Book Club: February 2013

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Posted: 12 February 2013
by Fiona McKim


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Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes Chronicle £10.99, 3+

Have you heard the story of how Ganesha broke his tusk? The Hindu god’s ivory folly may not be as ingrained in our collective consciousness as other time-honoured fables, but this beautifully designed twist-on-the-tale may just change that.

Based loosely on the original legend, this story is designed to be taken with a pinch of salt, or rather, sugar. Like an Indian Charlie Bucket, young Ganesha has a weakness for sweets, specifically traditional laddoo: sweet, spherical morsels that could easily be mistaken for a rather less yielding jawbreaker, which has wince-worthy consequences for our young god.

As befits a Pixar animator, Sanjay Patel’s delightful graphics are full of personality, exuding the rich purples, pinks and painstaking patterns of India. Like many a historical legend before it, Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth contains a good old-fashioned moral message, which here is subtly woven through the tale like silken thread on a sari.

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