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With bright, elaborately detailed illustrations, this picture book tells a fictionalized story based on the legend of how the Hindu god Ganesha transcribed the epic poem Mahabharata. Here Ganesha is “just like any other kid” except that he has an elephant’s head, and vividly colored pictures show him cruising around on a magical mouse. He loves sweets (he is a bit “chubby”), but when he bites down on “the super jumbo jawbreaker laddoo,” his tusk breaks off. He is furious and bitterly ashamed until he meets Vyasa the poet, who needs the tusk to write his poem, which is so long that “all the pens in the world would break before it is done.” So Ganesha helps the poet and uses his tusk to write the 100,000 verses of a story, which turns out to be so beautiful he even forgets about sweets. Blending computer graphics with traditional images, the intricate, stylized illustrations may be best suited for grade-schoolers, who will enjoy the story’s turnarounds and focus on luscious sweets, and many will be ready for the classic Hindu myth. Grades 1-3. --Hazel Rochman

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"Zesty and original... Pink elephants haven't looked this good since 'Dumbo'" - The New York Times

"A classic Hindu tale gets an artful interpretation in this piece of eye candy" - Daily Candy Kids

"Two traditional events in the life of the Hindu god Ganesha are imaginatively recast" - School Library Journal

"The wordless two-page spreads retelling the ancient epic Sanskrit poem, Mahabharata is a masterpiece." - Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word

"A fresh and comedic introduction to a Hindu legend, with a winning combination of both eye candy and actual candy." - Publishers Weekly

"A feast for the eyes... So sweet we almost want to pop it in our mouths." - EntertainmentWeekly.com

"A confectioner's palette... strong shapes and a mix of modern objects with traditional designs add to the fun." - Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452103623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452103624
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sanjay Patel is an animator and storyboard artist for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has worked on features that include Monsters, Inc., A Bugs Life; Toy Story 2; and The Incredibles. He has also worked on The Simpsons for Fox and with legendary cartoonist John K., creator of Ren and Stimpy."

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Unity Dienes on August 28, 2012
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The illustrations here are really the winning element of this book. They are fun, unusual, eye-catching, and invite the reader to study each page for the details. I definitely love the illustrations, and for that alone this book is keeper for our multi-cultural studies.

However, I was disappointed that the authors chose to invent a story about Ganesha that is very loosely inspired by original texts, instead of retelling a classic story for a new audience. The book would be much more interesting to me if it were a genuine Hindu myth instead of a made-up one with elements that are not found in Hindu scripture. The authors say the text is "loosely based" on the classic legend, and that their intent is to "entertain and enchant" readers so that they will be inspired to learn more about "the rich and varied stories of Hindu mythology." I find this baffling--why not just use one of those "rich and varied stories"? Were they not interesting enough? When the afterword explains how Ganesha "really" broke his tusk, I just felt a little cheated by the whole nonsense about the jawbreaker candy. The original story makes so much more sense and is much cooler. Also, given that this will possibly be many non-Hindu children's only exposure to Hindu mythology, why on Earth would they want to warp the story so much that it's barely recognizable?

I would have preferred to use this text to teach an classic story of Hindu mythology, instead of having to give all kinds of explanations about which parts are authentic and which are the authors' fabrications.
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How I had never come across Sanjay Patel's illustrations before, I don't know, but after reading this book with my seven-year-old daughter and loving it, I'll be sure to go hunting for his other books asap! Written by Emily Haynes and illustrated by Sanjay Patel (who is an animator at Pixar), this adorable story follows the exploits of sweet Lord Ganesha,one of my favorites of all the Hindu deities mainly because of his cute appearance and also being known as the destroyer of obstacles and purveyor of success. He is often depicted riding a mouse, and sure enough, a cute little mouse is featured in this story.

Sweet Ganesha (sorry I'm gushing but this little elephant is too cute!) breaks his tusk on a jawbreaker and eventually said tusk is used as a writing tool. He meets an old man, presumably the sage Vyasa (who is attributed as the author of the Mahabharata) and writes down verses dictated by the sage. 100,000 verses later, the epic Hindu poem, the Mahabharata is born! This origin story in the guise of a children's picture book will have readers young and old gushing over the illustrations, the true highlight of this book. Colorful, vivid, vibrant, and playful, there is so much to see and appreciate. Little Ganesha playing like any other young child, using his trunk to squirt water and ring bells, and even one where he is holding a cricket bat! His friend Mouse is partial to the Indian sweet, laddoo, and there's a cute illustration depicting a stuffed Mouse later in the story.

I'd recommend this book for all children's collections in public, school, and home libraries, and especially recommend it for multi-cultural collections.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherjl on January 29, 2013
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Great book and beautiful drawings! My 3 year old loves this book and we read it every night. Even my 1 year old stays still while I'm reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Hudson on January 30, 2013
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Ganesha is a Hindu god who can't get enough sweets. His love of candy leads to tragedy when he breaks a tusk on a jawbreaker. Ganesha despairs about his strange looks until the poet Vyasa finds a purpose for the broken tusk: writing down the long story of the Mahabharata.

Ganesha's Sweet Tooth, which was written by Emily Haynes and illustrated by Sanjay Patel, is an explosion of color and images that will keep your kids searching the drawings for subtle clues to the story as they turn the pages.

Patel is an animator for Pixar Animation Studios, and has worked on films such as A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and Ratatouille. His illustrations of fun-loving Ganesha as a child who loves sweets, will surely strike a chord with youngsters who like to eat sweets too. While the story of Ganesha and Vyasa is a classic tale from India, here it's reimagined with a young Ganesha who has a friend, Mr. Mouse.

Ganesha's Sweet Tooth is so much fun you'll want to read it again and again. A pronunciation guide in the back helps with a few unfamiliar words. I recommend it for ages 4 and up.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fitzgerald Fan VINE VOICE on September 7, 2012
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I can honestly say that I am not sure I have ever been more delighted with a children's book. Though our family is irreligious, I want my kids to grow up with an understanding and appreciation of diversity. Furthermore, I am personally interested in Indian culture(s), so I thought I would give this book a try. I read it on my own before sharing it with my four year old son. I very much enjoyed it, and was impressed with the gorgeous artwork and color expressed in the book.
I shared the story with my son tonight and he liked learning the word "laddoo" and talking about Ganesha's fascination with sweets (something in common). I give kudos to the authors for creating such a wonderful children's story that has the potential to spark interest in another culture (at least in our case). It offers a "child's eye view" of a part of Hindu history. I have never seen better artwork in a children's book in my life and I found the story both interesting and fun. I learned things I didn't know before, so I couldn't be more pleased with it! Fantastic.
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