Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth is a fantasy folklore loosely based on Hindu mythology.  It’s a charming and engaging tale with very colorful and whimsical illustrations. Normally, I am not one to obsess over art and illustrations; I usually ignore them. Unless they jump out at me. These ones did, and I loved them. Every page is full of bold, beautiful and vibrant color.  And both of us (me and my 4-year-old) just flipped pages in awe and wonder, back and forth, before we even began reading.

Coming to the story – I found myself ‘smiling out loud’ as I followed this kid-friendly adaptation of the story of the Hindu God Ganesha, and how he came to write the Mahabharata (the great Hindu epic).  

This re-imagination does take certain liberties with the tale of Ganesha, to appeal to the younger audience, I guess, and I am usually wary of books that alter religious/historical myths, but I did not mind this story one bit – it is funny, charming and mystical. There are a few versions of exactly how Ganesha’s tusk got broken, and there is no saying which one is the “real” version. One version is offered by the author at the end of the book.)

But the thing I LOVED about this book (and this might be my particular situation only) – is that I can read the ENTIRE BOOK to my son UNDER 10 MINUTES and HOLD HIS ATTENTION for all of that time. This is a big deal for me. My son is very easily distracted, and while he loves story-time before bed-time, he usually dances around as he listens. It is very difficult to get him to sit still. And it drives me nuts!

With this book – he is completely engaged. He loves to see the illustrations as I read, and the text is not too much, and easy to follow. He also loves the fact that we finish an entire book in one sitting. This is important to him, and it is not always possible with every book. For instance, the other book that we are reading – Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – if we attempted that in one sitting, we will be there all night.

Bottom Line: If you have a kid between ages 3 – 8 – GET THIS BOOK!  This will also make an excellent gift for a kid in that age range. 


About the Author: In a past life, equipped with an MBA in Finance, Shantala worked as an equity research analyst. But these days, she spends her time juggling her full-time job as a Digital Marketing strategist, with being a blogger, the resident master chef at her house, wife to the best husband in the world, and mom to her son – who she is convinced is the human version of the energizer bunny! Shantala blogs about books, parenting, and everyday living at www.shanayatales.com.

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